Welcome to Daybreak Star Preschool, a high-quality early learning program rooted in Indigenous, play based, emergent curriculum that sees children and their families as competent contributors to our community.

Launching this fall is our 100% outdoor classroom, called the Bear Room after UIATF’s founder Bernie Whitebear. This classroom is now enrolling! Learn more from the graphics above or contact Nick Terrones at nterrones@unitedindians.org.

Daybreak Star Preschool works in partnership with the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) and the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP). We weave Indigenous knowledge and teachings with the research and evidence-based curriculum, HighScope to promote a culturally responsive, Anti-bias and Anti-racist learning environment that nurtures and builds on children’s interest and experiences. We emphasize empathy and social-emotional awareness that fosters a strong sense of community and culturally relevant experiences.

We value and strongly believe that the child’s first adults in their life (parents, foster parents, extended family, legal guardians) are the child’s first teachers. We look forward to strengthening a partnership with you to create a strong foundation for life and school readiness.

Our primary goal is to serve Urban Native families and children, providing a space for healing and reawakening of ancestral values, knowledge, and teaching. We take a decolonized approach to children’s school experience and encourages them to develop a passion for curiosity and questioning to foster lifelong learning.

We work with families to ensure they have access to information, resources, and training that support them in moving towards their individual and family goals.

Located at United Indians’ Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle’s beautiful Discovery Park, Daybreak Star Preschool serves children ages 3 to 5 in a full-day 6-hour program.

Our Program Philosophy

We believe that a high-quality Indigenous early learning program authentically reflects and integrates Indigenous knowledge and practices throughout. We manifest this belief through the people we hire and partner with, our ways of selecting and cultivating play spaces and materials, and integrating traditional foods in what our children eat. We continue to strengthen our learning and community through a land and place-based approach to our curriculum, providing children the opportunity to reconnect with the natural world, develop a strong relationship with plant and animal relatives, and experience the process of food sovereignty.

Curriculum Philosophy

We use HighScope, an emergent, research-based and play-based curriculum approach that supports teachers to create lessons daily with active learning opportunities around our children’s interests to strengthen their skills. Teachers use their observations and documentation of children to embed culturally responsive and developmentally appropriate practices into their work. A key tool in HighScope is the “Plan-Do-Review” model. This model helps children decide what they want to explore during their play time and support teachers in preparing to meet the daily needs of our children.

The way we talk to our children


Daybreak Star Preschool is a Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) partner. This means that we prioritize children residing in Seattle who are 4 years old by August 31, and accept children who are 3 years old by August 31 when space is available. 3-year-olds must meet income guidelines (please contact SPP for additional information). We welcome children and families of all backgrounds (race, ethnicity, gender, etc.) and invite them to experience our Indigenous early learning program model.


As a Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) partnering center, Daybreak Star Preschool offers affordable and competitive rates. Our program may be FREE for families who qualify.

Please use the SPP Tuition Calculator to find out how much your tuition may be.

Families with siblings participating in the Seattle Preschool Program are eligible for a 10% discount on the second child’s tuition. This discount will be applied to your bill automatically. Please email preschool@seattle.gov with any questions.

Community Listening Sessions

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we move through this busy time of the year, but please click here to find the recording from our first Community Listening Session! As we move forward, we plan to host more of these to guide and strengthen the preschool program. Our next Community Listening Session will happen December 3, 2021 from 6p-730p. We hope you can join us!

For enrollment and all other preschool questions, contact:
Nick Terrones (he/him)
Daybreak Star Preschool Program Manager