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 110 children from three months to five years old.
In response to COVID-19, Pike Market Preschool & Child Care reopened in July to provide critical care to working families. Capacity in classrooms is greatly reduced and healthy and safety measures remain a top priority to keep kids, teachers and families safe.
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.
Last year, the preschool was able to provide tuition assistance to 63% of families in the program for 110 students, putting high quality early education, great nutrition and family support within reach for those that otherwise couldn’t afford it. Long committed to social justice and equity, PMCCP implements anti-bias education and has an Equity Change Team exploring the intersection of race, gender, and income inequity to promote institutional change to better serve the school community. This nationally accredited program is leading the way with cutting edge practices that impact the quality of life for children, families and staff.