Childcare & Preschool

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a range of child care and preschool programs for the social, recreational, and physical development of youth throughout Seattle.

Important Note: Due to Seattle Public Schools bell time changes, Seattle Parks and Recreation has changed their School Age Care operating hours to meet the needs of most families. With programs running longer and the City of Seattle's minimum wage increase we've had to increase our prices moving forward. Our rates are still competitive with other before and after school programs. Please contact your local Community Center for more information about prices and hours of operation changes. 


Preschool Class

Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Associated Recreation Council operates half-day preschool programs in neighborhood community centers. Our school-readiness program meets the developmental needs of young children, focusing on emotional, social, physical, and cognitive skills to prepare children for success in school and in life. Classrooms are set up with safe and nurturing environments, fun-filled learning areas, consistent schedules and routines, and both large and small group times. Preschool activities include art, dramatic play, library time, cooking, discovery science, singing, and outdoor play.

  • Low teacher-child ratio of 1:8
  • Staff is trained in Early-Childhood curriculum, CPR/First Aid, and safe food handling practices
  • Children 3-4 years old and 5 year olds not enrolled in school are welcome. Children need to be fully potty-trained (no diapers or pull-ups permitted)
  • Affordable rates (Scholarships available! Please contact your local community center for more details)
  • Registration for 2019-20 programs opens Feb 5, 2019!  A $25 deposit saves your spot. See below for 2019-2020 program hours and prices. For more information, contact your local community center or visit the ARC website.

Download 2019-2020 School Year Schedules and Prices

Alki Community Center*
5817 SW Stevens St
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: 206-684-7430
Ballard Community Center*
6020 28th Ave NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206-684-4093
Bitter Lake Community Center**
13035 Linden Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
Phone: 206-684-7524
Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center 
Nature Kids Preschool
3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle, WA 98199 
Phone: 206-386-4236
Green Lake Community Center
7201 East Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: 206-684-0780
Hiawatha Community Center
2700 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: 206-684-7441
Jefferson Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave S
Seattle, WA 98108
Phone: 206-684-7481
Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 NW 77th St
Seattle, WA 98117
Phone: 206-684-4052
Magnolia Community Center
2550 34th Ave W
Seattle, WA 98199
Phone: 206-386-4235
Meadowbrook Community Center**
10517 35th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 206-684-7522
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Phone: 206-386-4283
Queen Anne Community Center*
1901 1st Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-386-4240

*Alki CC, Ballard CC, and Queen Anne CC offer City of Seattle Pathways programs. Click for more details about Pathways Programs.   

**Bitter Lake CC and Meadowbrook CC offers City of Seattle Preschool Programs (SPP). Click for more details about SPP. 

School Age Care

Group of kids having fun

Ages: 5 (in Kindergarten) to 12 years old (in grade 6 or below)

Do you want your child to have fun, engaging opportunities that support continued learning and personal growth outside of school? Seattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Associated Recreation Council offers programs that provide children with opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, and physically. We work in partnership with local schools to make sure your child's educational experience is constantly being enriched. Our trained staff works daily to offer activities in areas such as: arts and culture, environmental stewardship, health and fitness, academic support, and more.

Registration is open now! A $25 deposit saves your spot. See below for 2019-2020 program hours and prices. For more information, contact your local community center or visit the ARC website.

Times and prices in these schedules are subject to change. Contact your community center for details:

Download 2019-2020 School Year Schedules and Prices