PMCCP Winter Holiday Drive Successful !
Posted January 2021
Every year, PMCCP continues an annual tradition that matches generous donor groups with wish lists from families in need. While this year has been tumultuous for many, our annual Winter Gift Drive was nothing short of amazing. In addition to fulfilling items from family wish lists, many donors also contributed books and classroom materials.
We would like to offer a special thank you to Lesa Valenzuela, who just celebrated her 20-year anniversary and has organized the Winter Gift Drive each year since beginning her work at PMCCP. Lesa has described the Gift Drive as a labor of love--"The Winter Gift Drive has always been such a joyful program to coordinate, but this year has been especially heartwarming.". Thank you Lesa for your continued hard work and dedication to supporting countless families and children over the years!
In addition, this year our community received support from the Pike Market Foundation's Annual Giving Tree.
The Giving Tree is a festive drive that supports wishes made by seniors, preschools, and residents of the Market Community. We are very grateful for the Market Foundation's continued support and assistance. We thank everyone from the Market Foundation and the Market Commons for their ongoing, dedicated commitment and support for the Market community.
Lastly, to all the donors who have given so generously this year, we are extremely grateful for your continued financial assistance this past year. Thanks to your continuing support, we have raised $32,000 towards tuition assistance. Together, we are prioritizing family stability and continuity of care in these unsteady times.
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
Save the Date: Great Start Breakfast !
Posted January 2019
October 17th 7:30 AM-9:00 AM
Pike Market Atrium - RSVP
Great Coffee for a Great Cause!
Posted December 2018
For the 8th year in a row, Fonte Coffee will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of their Holiday Blend to benefit PMCCP's nutrition program. This one-of-a-kind blend makes a delicious treat for yourself.
Food access is an essential part of our services here at PMCCP. Our cooked-from-scratch nutrition program is designed to meet over 70% of children's' daily nutrition needs, while instilling a love of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean meats or balanced alternative protein.
Master Roaster, Steve Smith, has created a blend especially for PMCCP and we know it will be delicious and unique. Coffee can be purchased at Fonté Café locations in Seattle (1321 1st Ave - across from SAM) or Bellevue (900 Bellevue Way NE) or online.
Support our nutrition program and treat yourself and others to an outstanding cup of coffee at the same time.
Annual Walk for Kids Success!
Posted October 2018
We are ever so grateful to the sponsors, individual donors and fundraising teams that helped us raise over $26,000 for the 22nd Annual Walk for Kids!
All funds raised will be dedicated to our tuition assistance program, making high-quality child care, preschool and support accessible to families, regardless of economic means. Over 160 friends of PMCCP walked with us, incluidng the folks from Biscuit Bitch, our presenting sponsor, and the fishmongers from Pike Place Fish Market, who delighted participants with a fish throwing extravaganza. Thank you!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Berger Partnerships P.S. | Frank's Produce | Moon Valley Organics
Pike and Western Wine Shop | Steinbrueck Native Gallery | The Market Bar and Grill
The Pink Door | Tiny's Organics | White Horse Trading Co.
Art Kuniyuki Photography | Beecher's Handmade Cheese | Caffe Ladro | DRY Soda
Inn at the Market | Old Stove Brewery | Pike Place Fish Market | Starbucks (1st and Pike) Storyville Coffee | The Not Its! | The Market Atrium
Teacher Bonus Raffle Recap
Posted August 2018
Thank you so much to everyone who gave a donation, and bought, or sold tickets for our Teacher Bonus Raffle. Through your work, we were able to make the lives of our teachers at PMCCP a little more livable. Over the past 8 weeks, PMCCP was able to raise $8,145 for teacher bonuses this raffle, going well over $2K our original goal!
It was an incredible experience and we loved and appreciated the outpouring of support from our families to raise teacher bonuses. A special thanks to all the wonderful Market businesses and artists who donated gifts to this raffle listed below
Thank You In-Kind Sponsors
8th Generation | 1976 it’s just art | All Things Lavender | Ann Original | Ballard Vine Works | Basilic Studios | Buddha Bath Supplies | CC Lord Studios | Cindy Mounts | Clover Art | Crepe de France | DeLaurenti’s | Frantic Art | Ghost Alley Coffee | goPoke | Graffroots | Heavy Restaurant Group (HRG) | Honest Biscuits | Japonessa | KOBO Arts Garden | Konvene Coffee | Light Being Jewels | MAPS Seattle (Shaun Kusunoki) | Moreau Loungewear | MSSA Designs | Nature’s Twist | Organic Love Designs | Pasta Casalinga | Pike Place Chowder | Rain Shadow Quilter’s Arts Guild | Resonant Botanicals | Royal Phoenix | Rubber Revolution | Sabando Design | Savor Seattle | Scott Alberts Art Prints | Shug’s Ice Cream | Shy Giant Frozen Yogurt | Starbuck’s Coffee Co. | Steel Toe Jewelry | Tisbury Art Glass | The Crumpet Shop | The Market Foundation | Unexpected Productions | Vintage Creation | With the Rain
Teacher Bonus Raffle Tickets on Sale!
18 Chances to Win Market-Inspired Packages
Posted June 2018
From June 1st to July 20th, PMCCP is conducting our first Raffle for Teacher Bonuses! Our goal is to raise $6000 and we would love to surpass that! A huge part of what makes our school so special is our incredible teaching staff. Each day, our teachers give children the gift of discovery, exploration and learning, in the context of a kind, empathetic community filled with laughter and love. We are also using this opportunity to highlight the Worthy Wage Campaign, which you can learn more about below.
Here's what you can do to help:
Sell and/or purchase raffle tickets. Stop by the PMCCP office and Stacey, or Ilene will assist you. Tickets are $10 and cannot be purchased online per Raffle regulations.
Donate to the fund directly.
Share our PMCCP Facebook Teacher Bonus Raffle Post and encourage your friends, family and coworkers to participate.
For further questions about the raffle, talk to Ilene, Patrick or Stacey. Full list of prize packages available included here.
Prizes include: a $100 gift certificate to Japonessa, a Framed Print from Artist and PMCCP Parent Asher Locter, a glass octopus from Tisbury Art & Glass, a Native Blanket from 8th Generation, your very own Market Charm, and much, MUCH more!
Worthy Wage Day School Closure
School will be closed Tuesday, May 1st in honor of Worthy Wage Day
What is Worthy Wage Day?
The Worthy Wage Campaign is an ongoing effort to help the childcare workforce build alliances with parents and others to educate our nation about the need for more resources for early care and education. The campaign is built on the belief that fair and decent employment for early childhood educators must be the cornerstone of affordable, high-quality services for children and families. The most important predictor of quality in childcare centers is staff wages. The ultimate goal of the Worthy Wage Campaign is to promote the vision of a revamped and fully-funded national childcare system, one that recognizes the essential link between the needs of all three childcare constituencies: parents, children and teachers.
Why Do We Close on Worthy Wage Day?
Pike Market Child Care & Preschool has been committed to the goals of the Worthy Wage Campaign since our inception in 1982. We believe that a respected and fairly compensated staff is an integral part of providing consistent, high quality care. However, meeting these goals takes great effort in a society which undervalues our work and which provides scanty support systems for families.
The largest budget item for a childcare center is staff wages. Often, to keep childcare affordable for parents, staff wages are kept low. Effectively, teachers “subsidize” the cost of childcare, earning low wages and often, using personal hours to prepare for their classroom work. This contributes to high rates of burn-out and turnover. Unfortunately, this is occurring in a field which attends to children in their most important formative years. This is not the time to be cutting costs and compromising quality, but most parents cannot afford quality care otherwise.
Join Us In Supporting Our Teachers!
In the face of such odds, we rely upon the support of our community to make our work at Pike Market Child Care and Preschool possible.
Please join us as we work to expand the scope of our efforts. Please alert our public policy makers of your concern for children and families. Advocacy for worthy wages helps build respect for childcare workers which helps ensure the quality of care for families. It is in all our best interests to work to improve the quality of services for children, families and educators everywhere.
Posted May 2018
Great Start Breakfast Recap
On April 5, 2018, we were overjoyed with the turnout and praise for our Annual Great Start Breakfast Fundraiser, celebrating 35 years of service to our community! Through the generosity of sponsors (both monetary and in-kind) and individuals we raised more than $26,500 for our Tuition Assistance program--A new PMCCP record! Our tuition assistance program puts quality child care, preschool, nutrition and support in the reach of families that would otherwise be priced out of this great opportunity. Hope to see you there next year!
Pictured right: City Attorney & PMCCP Alumni Parent Pete Holmes Photos Courtesy of Art Kuniyuki
Three generations of a precious Market family. The daughter, Stephanie Tsukiko Nomura, granddaughter Gabrielle Kazuko Nomura Gainor, and great-grandaughter baby Kiyomi, of Market artist Peggy Nomura who passed away in 2007. In the middle, Gabrielle stands with her preschool teacher, Kiyomi Uehara Robinson. Gabrielle loved and admired her teacher so much she named her baby after her.
PMCCP Teacher Jamilah Johnson has been here for over 5 years. She said she knew what she had to offer as a teacher and was not prepared for how much PMCCP would give back to her.
Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors!
3R Technology | Bavarian Meats | Frank's Quality Produce | Pike Place Chowder | Steinbrueck Native Gallery
Inn at the Market | La Buona Tavola Truffle Cafe | Lowell's Restaurant and Bar | Pike and Western Wine Shop | Pure Food Fish Market | Sellen Construction Slow Loris | Sosio's Produce | Sound View Cafe | Steel Toe Studios | The Crumpet Shop | The Pasta Guys | Tiny's Organic
Art Kuniyuki Photography | Beecher's Handmade Cheese | Choice Produce and Pepper | Christine Larsen Graphics | Chukar Cherries | Daily Dozen Doughnuts | Don and Joe's Meats | Fonte Coffee Roaster | Le Panier | Manzo Brothers | Pike Place Flowers | Pike Place Market Creamery | Pure Food Fish Market | The Juice Emporium
Thank You North American Reggio Emilia Alliance!
Posted March 2018
On March 24th, PMCCP welcomed more than 80 educators from across the country as part of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance. The group is committed to the values and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education which emphasizes the individuality and capabilities of each child.
Reggio-inspired work values the environment as a teacher focuses on studying children to inform the curriculum in tandem with provocations offered by teachers. Among the educators who visited our school, there was overwhelming feedback from the participants that they felt our school was special, beautiful and inspiring, as you can see by the photos.