Daybreak Star Preschool
Outdoor Preschool Program

Daybreak Star Preschool (in partnership with Seattle Preschool Program) 

Program Overview 

Daybreak Star Preschool partners with the Seattle Preschool Program (SPP) to offer full-day (9am-3pm) early education at affordable rates. Our program centers culturally responsive pedagogy and emphasizes the importance of parents as their child(ren)’s first teachers. We give children a place to play, explore, and learn in community, establishing a solid foundation for all their future endeavors. 

Curriculum Philosophy 

children playing in a classroom

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. 

Eligibility

As a SPP partner, 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. 

Program Tuition 

As a 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 (SPP) 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. 

Enroll now! 

We’d love to have you! Contact Preschool Program Manager Nick Terrones at nterrones@unitedindians.org.

Questions? Contact Us.

Preschool Program Manager Nick Terrones: nterrones@unitedindians.org.

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Outdoor Preschool Program 

Program Overview 

child with a magnifying glass

In our outdoor program, established in 2021, 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. 

Curriculum Philosophy 

Our intention with the outdoor classroom, the Bear Room, is to build a strong self-image within children, as well as construct avenues for everyone to find a sense of place and healing on the historic grounds of Daybreak Star. By being in relationship with current and future Native and Indigenous partners, educators will weave together culturally relevant Native and Indigenous wisdom to shape and transform the experiences of children and their families. For our families and children who identify as Native American and/or Alaskan Indian, we aim to build and utilize a living curriculum that brings a sense of healing and restoration and challenge colonized thinking of what it means to be outdoors. In addition to this, educators will find authentic and impactful ways to support children’s learning as they transition from an outdoor classroom to traditional settings enclosed in walls. 

Eligibility 

Children in the Bear Room are: 
– 3-5 years old
– Potty trained 

Program Tuition 

Outdoor classroom tuition comes to $1,000/month. Though our outdoor program is not affiliated with the Seattle Preschool Program, tuition assistance may be available. For more information, please contact us

Enroll now! 

We’d love to have you! Contact Preschool Program Manager Nick Terrones at nterrones@unitedindians.org.

Questions? Contact Us.

Preschool Program Manager Nick Terrones: nterrones@unitedindians.org.

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