Pike Market Child Care and Preschool is a dream come true for
our community. After five years of planning, our doors opened
October 1, 1982, as the third of a series of support systems for
the Market Community, preceded by the Pike Market Health
Clinic and the Senior Center. The Downtown Food Bank, and the
Resident Advocate Program have since joined these services.
Thanks in large part to the Pike Place Market Preservation and
Development Authority (PDA), our original sponsor, plus funding
from a unique partnership of public and private sources, it was
possible to renovate and equip an existing space, build an outdoor play area and begin operation. In 1990, the preschool expanded, adding 3,200 square feet. In 2012, a $1.5 million renovation and expansion project allowed the school to be completely rebuilt in a space specifically designed for young children.
Where we are now
Pike Market Child Care and Preschool is a private, secular, non-profit community service corporation licensed to provide child care. We are monitored by and work closely with the City of Seattle Comprehensive Child Care Program and the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services. Further, our work with the National Association for the Education of Young Children provides extensive review of our program in meeting their standards for excellence in early education (please visit our "NAEYC" page for more information). We are governed by a board of directors, comprised of community members, preschool families, and child care professionals who share our vision of enriching the lives of children, families, and our community.
Founded on the idea that all children deserve access to high quality care, Pike Market Child Care and Preschool typically provides tuition assistance to over 75% of enrolled families. We are one of only a few high-quality early learning institutions in Seattle that accepts children of families participating in subsidy programs. Our tuition assistance program makes this possible. For families who are ineligible for the available subsidies, we provide a sliding fee scale, basing each family's tuition on their income and family size. Each year, we raise 40-50% of our budget to maintain our sliding fee scale and tuition assistance program. To provide this service we rely heavily upon the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations.