Pike Market Childcare & Preschool

Pike Place Market Foundation

Pike Market Childcare & Preschool ensures that families of all income levels have access to high-quality, affordable childcare.

Before the Preschool opened in 1982, it was common to see children and babies napping or playing under their parents’ vendor stalls in Pike Place Market. Without access to affordable childcare nearby, Market vendors brought their children to work with them. Eventually, the community decided to open a preschool in the Market that could provide high-quality childcare for families of all income levels. The Preschool currently serves 101 children from three months to five years old.

Children receive excellent care, made-from-scratch meals, and build the social and learning skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Parents and guardians with children in our program have the opportunity to work, job search, or go to school confident with the knowledge that their children are safe and nurtured.

A major accomplishment in 2015 for the Pike Market Childcare & Preschool was the award of a three-year, $75,000 grant from Satterberg Foundation for anti-bias education. “This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” says Executive Director Ilene Stark. “Over the next three years, we will work closely will parents to figure out how we can best support a child’s positive cultural self-identity and learning about others.”

Last year about 70% of children received tuition assistance, made possible by your support and a grant for $200,000 from The Market Foundation. Learn more about the Preschool here.