We’re Opening Six Preschools at Carkeek, Camp Long, Jefferson Park & More

Outdoor preschool is coming to a park near you! Today Seattle Parks and Recreation has given us permission to begin enrolling families for six preschools starting in September of this year. Recognizing how many families are excited to give their child a great education and a joyful, nature rich childhood we have doubled down with multiple schools at our most popular locations and additional classes at all schools to make sure there is space for as many children as possible. We’re also excited to partner with Seattle Parks and Recreation to offer after care (partially indoors) at Carkeek, Camp Long and Jefferson Park so working families can have a full 8 hours of child care.

The best part is that we have been able to do so at a price you can afford – our tuition is 10% below market rate and if you need it you can request financial assistance to pay a price that is 40% below market rate (learn more here). In addition, at Carkeek Park we have been selected as a provider for the Seattle Preschool Program – Pathways which means that families who make 300% of the federal poverty level or less can receive free tuition paid for by the City of Seattle. To learn more and to see if you qualify click here.

Families who have applied online will receive a parent handbook and instructions in the next few days on how to complete their enrollment. If you are hearing about Tiny Trees for the first time you can apply for the 2016, 17 or 18 school year here.

For 2016 families can choose one of three programs:

Full day | M-F, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with Tiny Trees plus 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm with Seattle Parks and Recreation | This is a great option for working families who need a full 8 hours of childcare. We make it particularly easy with light rail or express bus service at Camp Long, Jefferson and John C Little.

Half day mornings | M-F, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm with Tiny Trees | This is an excellent choice for families who want a regular half day preschool option.

Half day afternoons  | M, W & F, 1:30 – 4:30 pm | This is an excellent choice for families who want only a few days a week or would like to pair outdoor preschool with an indoor morning program or half day kindergarten somewhere else.

Opening in September of 2016:

Camp Long – West Seattle

A hidden gem of West Seattle, Camp Long has inspired generations of scientists, climbers and explorers. This unique mix of history and natural splendor lends itself to a vibrant, playful and creative outdoor classroom. Your little scientist will explore magnificent forests full of hidden cedar groves, towering conifers and colorful salal and huckleberries. With insect collection kits in hand they will search Polliwog Pond and examine the creepiest of crawlies under their magnifying glass (and in the spring may even find the famed Northwestern Salamanders that make Polliwog Pond their home). The alder and maple trees present ample opportunities for leaf pile burrowing each fall and the network of hiking trails will make sure that your little one gets plenty of active and healthy movement time.

Also unique to this park are the many opportunities to climb and clamber over rock formations (safely supervised), playing like the great mountaineers of old (trivia point: the famous mountaineers Fred Becky and Jim Wittaker both learned to climb at Camp Long’s Schurman Rock).

Throughout all of these adventures your little one will engage with symbols, letters and ideas and conduct their own experiments – testing the logic and possibilities of the natural world. Camp Long is a wonderland, and with the help of our teachers your child’s play will  ignite their imagination and develop the curiosity, creativity and grit needed for a lifetime of success.

AM Classroom | M-F, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | 32 Spaces Available! | Sept – June Program | $720 (regular) or $500 (fin. assistance) a month*
     ~ Add aftercare from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm for $550 with Seattle Parks and Recreation for 8 hours of continuous childcare.
PM Classroom | M, W & F, 1:30 – 4:30 pm | 32 Spaces Available! | Sept – June Program | $400 (regular) or $300 (fin. assistance) a month*

* All programs have two prices, a regular price and a financial assistance price. If you look at our regular tuition and think “I can’t afford that” then you most likely qualify for the financial assistance price. Learn more here.

Recognizing how popular this location will be for West Seattle families we have created two separate schools in the park with space for 64 children per day. Classes are September to June to make space for the all of the summer camps that call Camp Long home.

For your convenience as an adult this, classroom is a 10 minute walk from the #21 express bus to downtown Seattle (15 minute bus ride) and partially indoor aftercare is available from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday, at the Camp Long lodge (so you have 8 hours of continuous childcare). After care is provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation at a low cost of $550 a month.

Carkeek Park – North Seattle

With extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, a pebbly beach full of hidden treasures and an active salmon stream, Carkeek Park is an ideal location for exploration and hands-on learning.  Your little adventurer will ramble through 220 acres of big mossy trees, get muddy and giggly in the hidden meadows, wetlands & beach, or search for salmon on the banks of Pipers Creek. Here at Carkeek Park the majestic landscape is the third teacher – presenting ample opportunities to learn math and science concepts through the natural world.

In our awe-filled outdoor classrooms your young explorer will play with symbols, letters and ideas. They will experience a language rich environment with written words for the names of the trees, plants and animals that make the forest their home. And to explore the world of science, and test the possibilities of the natural world, your child will plan their own discoveries and share what they learned with the group through daily plan – do – review sessions.

Looking for something unique and quirky?  Enjoy the salmon slide! Or watch for trains chugging down the tracks from the locomotive viewing platform.

AM Classroom | M-F, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | 32 Spaces Available! | Year Round Program | $720 (regular) or $500 (fin. assistance) a month*
     ~ Add aftercare from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm for $550 with Seattle Parks and Recreation for 8 hours of continuous childcare.
PM Classroom | M, W & F, 1:30 – 4:30 pm | 16 Spaces Available! | Year Round Program | $400 (regular) or $300 (fin. assistance) a month*

* All programs have two prices, a regular price and a financial assistance price. If you look at our regular tuition and think “I can’t afford that” then you most likely qualify for the financial assistance price. Learn more here.

Recognizing how popular this location will be we have created two separate schools in the park with space for 48 children a day. Classes are year round.

For your convenience as an adult indoor aftercare is available from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday (so you have 8 hours of continuous childcare). After care is provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation at a low cost of $550 a month.

Jefferson Park – Beacon Hill & SE Seattle

Located on the crest of Beacon Hill, with magnificent views of the Seattle skyline, Jefferson park is rich in opportunities for learning and wonder. With a new (and nature inspired) playground, a food forest full of tasty munchables and access to the greenhouses where the Park’s Department staff grow trees and plants for the city, North Jefferson Park is a perfect location for rich exploration and learning. With a classroom tucked under the trees (and out of the wind), your little scientist will play with symbols, letters and ideas and conduct their own experiments – testing the logic and possibilities of the natural world. As the seasons change they will learn how to plant, grow and eat their own food from the community garden. Including growing their own trees that Park’s naturalists will plant in parks across the city.

Your ever curious explorer will also go on learning expeditions, visiting fields for world class kite flying, watching the fire trucks (a station is in the park) and exploring the muddy awesomeness of the local wetlands and rain gardens. This also may include epic sand castle building at the nearby golf course, playing in the spray/water park in the summer or wearing funny hats at the local lawn bowling club.

All of your child’s adventures will take place in a culturally rich and responsive classroom environment. Located in one of the most linguistically diverse zip codes in the country Jefferson Park presents ample opportunities to explore language, history and culture with teachers, volunteers and special guests who reflect the vibrant Beacon Hill community.

AM Classroom | M-F, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | 16 Spaces Available! | Year Round Program | $720 (regular) or $500 (fin. assistance) a month*
     ~ Add aftercare from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm for $550 with Seattle Parks and Recreation for 8 hours of continuous childcare.
PM Classroom | M, W & F, 1:30 – 4:30 pm | 16 Spaces Available! | Year Round Program | $400 (regular) or $300 (fin. assistance) a month*

* All programs have two prices, a regular price and a financial assistance price. If you look at our regular tuition and think “I can’t afford that” then you most likely qualify for the financial assistance price. Learn more here.

For your convenience as an adult this classroom is a 15 minute walk from the Beacon Hill Light Rail station with after care available at the Jefferson Park Community Center with Seattle Parks and Recreation (so you have 8 hours of continuous childcare).

John C. Little – Othello Light Rail & Rainier Valley

A hidden gem of South Seattle, John C. Little Park brings a big dose of nature to Othello and Rainier Valley. With a vibrant community garden, a beautiful hillside forest and a playground, John C. Little makes an excellent location for science rich learning. In our classroom, nestled between the garden and the forest, your little one will learn with the seasons. During the spring and summer they will plant, grow and eat from the community garden. In the fall children will collect and count the colorful leaves (and build piles and forts to play in). And in the winter your little one will stay warm through active games and math and reading rich adventures in our outdoor classroom.

At John C. Little your young naturalist will play with math, reading and science concepts rooted in the natural world. They will explore symbols and practice counting through planting seeds and gardening. They will learn their letters in an outdoor classroom rich in written words with names for all of the trees, plants and garden goodies that make it their home. And to explore the world of science, and test the possibilities of the natural world, your child will plan their own experiments and share what they have learned with the group through daily plan – do – review sessions.

All of your child’s adventures will take place in a culturally rich and responsive classroom environment. Located in one of the most linguistically diverse zip codes in the country John C. Little presents ample opportunities to explore language, history and culture with teachers, volunteers and special guests who reflect the vibrant Rainier Valley community.

AM Classroom | M-F, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm | 16 Spaces Available! | Year Round Program | $720 (regular) or $500 (fin. assistance) a month*
     ~ Add aftercare from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm with Seattle Parks and Recreation for 8 hours of continuous childcare.
PM Classroom | M, W & F, 1:30 – 4:30 pm | 16 Spaces Available! | Year Round Program | $400 (regular) or $300 (fin. assistance) a month*

* All programs have two prices, a regular price and a financial assistance price. If you look at our regular tuition and think “I can’t afford that” then you most likely qualify for the financial assistance price. Learn more here.

For your convenience as an adult this classroom is an 8 minute walk from the Othello Light Rail station.

[PLEASE NOTE: Tiny Trees has been given permission from Seattle Parks and Recreation to begin enrolling students for the upcoming school year. It is important to note that this enrollment is contingent on a signed Memorandum Of Agreement (MOA) between Tiny Trees and Seattle Parks and Recreation, to be completed this spring.]

26 Comments
  • Charlene Kay
    Posted at 14:17h, 24 February

    Will there be any part-time morning option in North Seattle? For those of us who have kids who still nap? Love the idea of Tiny Trees and are sad to miss out but my 4 year old definitely still needs his afternoon nap. Thanks!

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 16:54h, 24 February

      Yes! We will have part time, M-F 8:30 – 12:30 at Carkeek Park (and all of our parks).

      • Charlene Kay
        Posted at 20:12h, 24 February

        Any chance we can JUST do 2 or 3 of the days?

        • Tiny Trees
          Posted at 20:16h, 24 February

          We may add morning session for 2 or 3 day in the future. For now the biggest need we heard from parents was for full day (8hrs +) preschool. The half day mornings five days a week give us flexibility to support working families who want full day care and families who want half day for 5 days a week.

          • Charlene Kay
            Posted at 07:14h, 25 February

            That makes sense. Please let me know if you do add the option of 2 or 3 mornings!

          • Gretchen Knudsen
            Posted at 10:04h, 25 February

            I, too, am interested in 2-3 days/week in the mornings at Carkeek. Perhaps Charlene and I could split up the week between us? 🙂

          • Tiny Trees
            Posted at 11:43h, 25 February

            Sounds like there is interest. We’ll look at 2 & 3 day morning classes for next year. This year we’re keeping it simple (partly because we don’t have the administrative staff to get to complicated – it’s just Erin and Andrew here).

          • limetree
            Posted at 16:10h, 02 March

            We’ve found it incredibly difficult to find part-time, full day care… and I know we’re not alone. We’d be very interested in 3 full days a week. But I’d like more information on the part run by Seattle Parks & Rec for the full-day session before I would consider sending my child.

          • Tiny Trees
            Posted at 09:29h, 03 March

            That is a good point, I don’t know of many preschools that do 2 or 3 day full day care. You can contact Erin through our contact us form and she can explore that idea with Seattle Parks. They may be open to having a child attend after care for only 3 days a week.

  • Maile Oatman
    Posted at 20:38h, 24 February

    If a child opts for full-day does this include an opportunity for nap time with Parks & Rec? What is the cost of the Seattle Parks & Rec program?

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:54h, 25 February

      Hi Maile, Yes! After care with Seattle Parks and Recreation includes indoor nap/quiet time. The tentative price is $550 a month for after care.

  • Maile Oatman
    Posted at 20:41h, 24 February

    If attending a full day program is there a nap time through Seattle parks & rec? Where do I find pricing for the second half of the day?

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:54h, 25 February

      Hi Maile, Yes! After care with Seattle Parks and Recreation includes indoor nap/quiet time. The tentative price is $550 a month for after care.

  • Christianna
    Posted at 21:31h, 24 February

    I would also be interested in a part time 2 or 3 days per week AM class in North Seattle, if that ever comes to fruition.

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:55h, 25 February

      Lots of shout outs today for a 2-3 day morning option at Carkeek. We will work on it for 2017.

  • Genny Arredondo
    Posted at 22:46h, 24 February

    Is there an open house where we can learn more & ask questions?

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:59h, 25 February

      Hi Genny, Our original plan was for an open house but this being our first year we will not have a demonstration worthy outdoor classroom to have an open house at until late spring. I recommend giving Erin a call at 458 202 9960 or sending her an email through our contact page: https://tinytrees.org/contact/ with questions.

  • Elaine O'Brien
    Posted at 05:42h, 25 February

    I second the need for 2-3 days a week in the morning. Many 3 year olds still nap and for those with multiple children, afternoon is not a great option. We were so excited to enroll here but had to find a preschool with a more traditional morning option. Hope you add 2-3 day a week morning programs soon!

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:46h, 25 February

      Thanks Elaine, we’ll look at 2-3 day options for next year. When we surveyed parents on the need for half day or full day care 70% reported full day, 5 days a week as their top choice, so we tried to meet the most families needs with an 8 hour, a 4 hour and a 3 day afternoon option.

  • Sibyl Mar
    Posted at 07:19h, 25 February

    Do these tuition rates include the winter gear they’ll be wearing? Will the am program have access to an indoor facility if the weather is especially nasty?

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:37h, 25 February

      Yes! Tuition includes a Oakiwear rainsuit and insulated rubber boots. We will have access to shelters and have an emergency retreat space for extreme weather (lightning, etc.). But almost every day is outdoors. After care with Seattle Parks and Recreation where available is indoors.

  • Kate C
    Posted at 10:25h, 25 February

    I realize you don’t want to complicate things too much the first year, but I wonder if there would be a way to allow a family to find a “preschool-share” family. Meaning, if you can find someone that wants the opposite days MWF and TTh for example) they could sign up as a pair. There could be a slight increase in fee to cover the double paperwork. My kid is too young this year, but in 2017, we’d be interested in TTH. The full day doesn’t work for us as daycare, because 8 hours doesn’t cover the travel time to work, but I’d love to get him the experience on my stay home days.

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 11:40h, 25 February

      Hi Kate, I think that is a great idea. Our motto for our first year however is small, simple, good and we choose a simple class schedule at each park. In 2017 however we could look at adding 2 & 3 day options for the mornings.

  • Aaron Franklin
    Posted at 14:45h, 25 February

    I’m happy to see you’re opening a South Seattle location, but it appears it will be right next door to the new homeless encampment announced last week. Isn’t this a safety concern?

    • Tiny Trees
      Posted at 15:44h, 25 February

      Hi Aaron, We’re aware of the homeless encampment going in on MLK, a few blocks s of the light rail. Its far enough away from John C Little Park that we anticipate little if any interaction. Homelessness is a challenge across the city and we have avoided parks with active homeless encampments (like Woodland Park). John C. Little has such good sight lines and natural barriers to prevent people from casually walking into our classroom. We also have allies with the New Holly community center and the Rainier Valley Church right next door that we feel confident in providing a safe environment there.

  • Julia Deak
    Posted at 12:23h, 02 March

    Thank you for focusing on full day, full time care at an affordable price. My experience has been that the best pre-schools in Seattle are mornings only and the good ones that are full day are prohibitively expensive or full. SAHMs can take their kids outdoors for a few hours and take advantage of things like babysitting co-ops and http://www.meetup.com/Family-Adventures-in-Nature-Seattle/