UCDS Early Education


Our Early Education program is designed to allow infants and toddlers the opportunity to learn through play and investigation and understand how the world works. Learning also occurs through interaction, participating in community, and belonging. As a student-centered program that values each child as unique, our top priority is to create a balanced, diverse, stable and supportive community of children—one that encourages communication and cooperation.

Early Education Enrollment

Registration and fees

To create and sustain a stable community, we give priority to families looking for full-time enrollment—five days a week. If openings remain, we’ll draw from families interested in two- or three-day enrollment. Tuition varies depending on whether your child is enrolled full-time or part-time and depending on your child’s age. Families have the option to opt for our 12-payment plan or pay in advance for the entire year. Learn more about enrollment and get detailed tuition information here.

Take a tour

If you’re interested in our Early Education program, we’d love to take you on a tour of our facility. We offer monthly tours between October and May. Tours are intended for adults only and begin at 8:45am. To schedule a tour please contact Katie Walters-Krohn.

2018-2019 Tour Dates:

October 30, 2018
November 7, 2018
November 29, 2018
December 10, 2018
December 18, 2018
January 22, 2019
January 30, 2019
February 4, 2019
February 12, 2019
February 28, 2019
March 4, 2019
March 12, 2019

More about our program

At A Glance
The Curriculum

Our flexible curriculum is inspired by children’s natural curiosity and inclination to learn through play and investigation. Children experiment, question, and discover through a range of activities including small group projects, large group explorations, and individual learning opportunities. Each experience is designed to help children make connections and express their own thoughts, understanding, and creativity.

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The Arts

All children have pictures in their head. We integrate the arts to coax those images out so we can understand what a child has knowledge of. The arts also promote cognitive, linguistic, and social development and offer children opportunities to make connections and express themselves.

At A Glance 1

The program runs from 8:15 am through 3:00 pm. Once enrolled, you may opt for extended care before the school day (7:30-8:15) or after (3:00-5:30) for an additional fee.

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Our goal is the overall health of every UCDS student. We offer two nutritious snacks each day—one in the morning, the other in the afternoon—while lunch is brought from home. Snacks are served family-style and feature a wide variety of foods, including organic fruits and vegetables, nitrate-free sandwich meat, organic milk, and juice with no added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. We work in partnership with parents to address specific dietary needs and sensitivities.

More You Should Know

  • Our program is highly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which is co-constructed, self-directed, and relationship-driven.
  • Teachers use observations about each student to design Early Education curriculum.
  • The program consists of two classes and we work within WA state regulations for adult to child ratios.
  • Currently, the Infant/Cruisers class (0-23 months) has a 3:1 child/teacher ratio and our Toddler class (2+ years) has a 7:1 child/teacher ratio.
  • Enrollment in our Early Education program does not guarantee acceptance into our Early Elementary program.