Daybreak Star Preschool
An Indigenous high quality, emergent and play-based HighScope preschool program that sees children as competent and confident learners.
Seattle’s Urban Native American Preschool
Located in beautiful Discovery Park, Seattle, Daybreak Star Preschool serves children ages 3 to 5 in a full-day 6-hour program. In partnership with the City of Seattle – Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL), United Indians of all Tribes Foundation – Daybreak Star Preschool is proud to provide children and families a culturally relevant, high quality early education experience in a “full day” program that focuses on giving children a strong educational foundation integrated with Indigenous knowledge and cultural experience. We are located at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park, Seattle, Washington.
Our Program Philosophy
At Daybreak Star Preschool, we believe that a high quality Indigenous early learning program goes beyond simply serve Indigenous children, but rather authentically reflect and integrate Indigenous knowledge and practices throughout our entire program. Our center commits to this vision 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 commitment to the community through relevant and culturally-tailored professional development, guidance by elders and cultural experts, and input from our families about how to best reflect their diverse traditions and family make-up.
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.
Our preschool program offers full-day, high-quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate preschool services for eligible three- and four-year-olds and their families. Our primary goal is to help participating children develop the skills needed for school readiness and acquire a passion for 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.
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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. Tuition for our full day program is $1200. 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 us at email@example.com if you have any questions
To enroll, contact:
(206) 829-2206 ext. 1007
For all other preschool related questions:
Preschool Program Manager