Full Day Classes Now Available at Tiny Trees!

We are excited to announce that Tiny Trees has been selected to license several outdoor preschools for full day classes as part of the Washington State’s Outdoor Preschool Licensing Pilot. This means we are now able to offer longer classes that meet the needs of more working families.

Since Tiny Trees first opened 16 months ago we have been working hard to make full-day care possible for working families. The problem had been that outdoor preschools could not offer classes longer than 4 hours because the licensing rules didn’t work for outdoor classrooms. But that problem is now being addressed thanks to outdoor preschool legislation that Tiny Trees and a coalition of allies helped pass last spring.

This fall Tiny Trees is piloting our first 6-hour classrooms – one at Carkeek Park (N Seattle) and the other at Camp Long (West Seattle). In addition, we will also have two locations that have afternoon programs available for families at the local community center.

  • Camp Long (W. Seattle)
    • 6-hr preschool from Tiny Trees
  • Carkeek Park (NW Seattle)
    • 6-hr preschool from Tiny Trees with optional after care until 6:00 pm available at Creative Kids.
  • Jefferson Park (Beacon Hill)
    • 4-hr AM preschool from Tiny Trees
    • Optional 3.5-hr afternoon preschool program from Jefferson Community Center for a total of 7.5 hours of continuous care.
  • Luther Burbank Park (Mercer Island)
    • 4-hr AM preschool from Tiny Trees
    • Optional 4-hr afternoon recreation program at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center for a total of 8 hours of continuous care.

For our Jefferson Park, Carkeek Park, and Luther Burbank classrooms, families will need to enroll in additional afternoon programs with the partner organizations mentioned above. Tiny Trees teachers will walk your child from their classroom to the community center.

Now, I know what you’re thinking next. What about nap time? The daily schedule? Which teachers will be at what classrooms? We are working with teachers, parents, parks and community partners, other outdoor preschools, and Washington States Department of Early Learning to establish concrete solutions and best practices for these questions. As these decisions are finalized, we will share them via our Parent + Guardian Handbook, future blog posts, and newsletters.

The shift to six-hour programs is important to our families, kids, and community, and we are taking time to ensure that the final result is a program that honors the safety and quality standards that our community needs. We know that full-day care is a high priority for parents in the Puget Sound, and that as Seattle continues to grow, more parents and caregivers are working full-time. In order to make sure that a full-day outdoor preschool program works for those families, it will take the support from our entire community. Luckily for us, our community is diverse, creative, and strong. So stay tuned – we’re excited to share what comes next.

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For a full list of current locations in addition to outdoor classrooms opening in fall of 2018, please see our Locations page here.

For more information on admissions, enrollment, and open houses, see our blog post here.

For more information on the outdoor preschool pilot program from the Washington State Department of Early Learning, see their website here.

2 Comments
  • Dewey Walker
    Posted at 09:09h, 18 January

    Our family is very excited about the full day preschool. Theo just turned 4 and will attend preschool another year. For him the longer program sounds perfect. He so loves the four hour program this year. Always something new. And the teachers are top notch!

    • Katie Weiss
      Posted at 13:56h, 22 January

      Dewey, that’s wonderful to hear! We’re glad that Theo is loving his teachers at Tiny Trees and we hope to continue serving you and more families like you with expanded programs in the future!