Best Day Care In Seattle

January 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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It is not always easy to transition children from being home with their parents full time to spending time at a day care center. Reputable and dependable day care facilities can help make these changes in your child’s day-to-day schedule less stressful, as well as fun, so children will want to go to their day care center while their parents are working. If you’re considering choosing a day care center in Seattle, be sure to check out this list of facilities that come highly recommended by fellow working parents.

Agape Child Care Center
7737 24th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-5967

Agape Child Care Center was named as one of the best day care facilities in Seattle on the 2008 “Evening Magazine” best of Western Washington poll. Parents from all over the Seattle area rave about how wonderful Agape is for their children. It offers a loving, family-oriented staff and a fun curriculum of activities to encourage children to learn. Agape Child Care Center is one of the longest-running day cares in the Northwest, as it’s been open since 1982. While it is not BBB accredited, it does have an A+ rating with the organization.

North Queen Anne Day Care
3200 3rd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 281-2919

Opened in 1969, North Queen Anne Day Care is considered one of the best day care centers in Seattle, not only for its well-educated and loving staff, but also because it is far less expensive than many other facilities in the area. Seattle parents who have had multiple children state that they have sent all of their kids to North Queen Anne Day Care because they trust its director and staff to provide a positive, educational and loving impact on their children. NQADC offers various programs for different age groups, as well as summer programs in its annual “Kids Kamp.”

Shining Star Child Care
4612 13th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 762-3950

Shining Star Child Care, also sometimes called Affordable Child Care at Shining Star, is a state-licensed day care facility in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood and has been in business for more than 11 years. The day care owner and director and its staff has more than 20 years of experience working with infants, toddlers and children up to the age of 11. It offers a preschool program, a pre-kindergarten program and a signing program for the deaf. All staff members are CPR-trained, as well as trained to work with children who have HIV. Shining Star Child Care features a large fenced yard for when the weather is nice, nutritious, home-cooked meals and snacks and it also accepts DSHS payments.

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The Early Learning And Development Center (ELDC)
Broadview Center
603 N. 103rd St.
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 781-9604

The Early Learning and Development Center, or ELDC, is a widely acclaimed day care facility in the Seattle area. Its Broadview Center is closer to downtown Seattle and is open year-round, offering full- and part-time schedules to accommodate working parents. Not only does the ELDC care for your children, it also teaches your children in various aspects of day-to-day life, including brushing their teeth, putting away toys and cleaning up after themselves. Full-time schedules provide breakfast and lunch, three snack times, two free play sessions, art sessions, music sessions and nap time.

Hilltop Children’s Center
4 Nickerson St., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 283-3100

Opened in 1971, Hilltop Children’s Center first operated out of the Queen Anne Lutheran Church on Queen Anne Hill, and was only an after-school program run by the church members. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the top child care facilities in the Pacific Northwest, offering a variety of programs for preschoolers, pre-kindergarteners, school-age children and big kids. Hilltop accepts children ages two to 10 and employs staff members who have degrees ranging from associate to Master’s. Parents state that Hilltop “truly inspires” their children, featuring creative activities and play time sessions that educate them in a fun, positive way.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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