All programs enrolling now for the 2022-2023 school year! Contact us to learn more. To visit our separate, dedicated Daybreak Star Preschool website, click here.

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. We 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.  

The way we talk to our children

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 encourage them to develop a passion for curiosity and questioning, fostering 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 full-day (6-hour, 9am-3pm) early education, with before and after school care also available.  

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 into what our children eat. We continue to strengthen our learning and community through a land-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.

Our Programs

All of our programs integrate indigenous teaching and learning to explore our place on the land we live on and with. We curate Native cultural practices and traditions in a number of ways, ensuring that the identities and practices of Native and Indigenous Peoples are honored and remembered. In this practice we hope to develop dispositions of advocacy and social justice in young children.  

Our most established and longstanding preschool program partners with the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) to offer families sliding scale tuition. We use the research-based HighScope curriculum as a guide to support and emphasize play-based learning. Our SPP classrooms balance the importance of child-led and centered experiences, and the understanding of making sure children leave our program with the skills and abilities to find individual success in elementary school and beyond.  

Find out more about this program and what it could look like for your family here

We also have a separate all-outdoor preschool program, established in 2021. In our outdoor program, children learn through hands-on exploration, discovering ways to develop social-emotional capabilities while being in relationship with the natural world. We believe that fostering strong connections to the natural world we all live with cultivates dispositions of empathy, stewardship, and conservation which deepens our connection and relationship with the land we live with. This process allows young children, and adults alike, to develop strong self-identities and a sense of belonging. 

Find out more about this unique educational opportunity here

Vacancies and Volunteering

Are you a lifelong learner dedicated to making a difference in children’s lives? Committed to partnering with families to ensure the best educational outcomes for your students? Passionate about pedagogy? Join us: find our job vacancies here

Interested in volunteering with us? Learn more here.

Community Listening Sessions

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we move through this busy time of the year. Please click here to find the recording from our first Community Listening Session and here to find the recording from our second 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 March 4, 2022 from 6-7:30pm. We hope you can join us!

Contact Us

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

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