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 culturally relevant early learning program gives children a strong educational foundation integrated with Indigenous knowledge and cultural experience.
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.
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 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 makeup.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For enrollment and all other preschool questions, contact:
Preschool Program Manager