We believe licensing is a foundation for creating safe and healthy spaces for our children. All of our teachers are licensed by the Department of Early Learning.
We are currently participating in the innovative Outdoor Preschool Licensing Pilot for the 2018-2019 school year at three of our locations: Camp Long North, Carkeek East, and Jefferson Park.
About the Outdoor Preschool Licensing Pilot
In Spring 2017, the Washington Legislature passed SB 5357 “Establishing a pilot project to license outdoor early learning and child care programs.” The Department for Children, Youth, & Families established a pilot to analyze current models of outdoor preschools and adapt, when necessary, our licensing regulations to allow for the operation of outdoor early learning programs.
In researching the area of outdoor preschool, the legislature found that while there are upwards of 40 outdoor early learning programs in the state, all operate as part-day programs and are therefore not subject to child care licensing regulations. Many of these programs have expressed an interest in hosting full-day programs, and participating in the state’s Early Achievers program. However, DCYF recognizes that many of our current licensing regulations are specifically geared towards the built, indoor environment.
Tiny Trees spent the past year helping DCYF to review & develop regulations, which continue to be reviewed and are awaiting approval before we are able to explore full-day options. Many changes recommended by the drafted regulations, however, are being worked on by our schools and gradually implemented by three different Tiny Trees classrooms in Seattle as well as other outdoor preschool programs in Washington.
This is an amazing opportunity for Tiny Trees Preschool and your families to help shape the quality of outdoor preschool programs and to continue to push for more accessible child care solutions across WA state.