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Trettin Drop In Preschool

4515 16th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 729-3723


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More than just a child care center, Trettin offers a play-based preschool curriculum taught by experienced teachers for children ages 2 through 5. Set your own schedule or drop-in when you need extra care. The school is secular (non-religious).

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The Philosophy of Trettin Drop-In Preschool is to provide opportunities for children to grow intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically in a warm, loving environment. Our play-based curriculum encourages choice-making, autonomy, and social competence. Trettin is a great introduction to group-learning situations for preschoolers.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

It is our goal to consistently maintain an environment that provides learning materials and offers activities which reflect all aspects of diversity. We particularly strive to reflect the diversity present in the families we serve. When children see themselves and their culture reflected in their environment, and when children are supported in their choice of play, they learn to value themselves for who they are. This instilled sense of pride contributes to a higher self-esteem throughout adulthood.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that children learn through play. The exploration of music, science and nature, art and drama, language and numbers is integrated into each day. We want our children to build a positive self-image, explore their natural sense of wonder, discover their creative spirit, learn problem-solving skills, develop self-control and consideration of others, increase coordination, balance, and body image, and know that learning is fun!
Trettin Drop In Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, veteran status, or physical, mental, or sensory disability. The staff will, to the extent that they are able, make reasonable accommodation to physical and mental limitations of children in care or seeking care. We reserve the right to serve everyone (space available) and do not divide our group by age, except as required by DEL.

A Typical Day

Fall/ Winter/ Spring Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
(Summer Schedule Monday-Friday 9am - 2pm.)
Check our website for schedule updates.

9:00 – 11:10 area play provided
10:15 – 10:30 story time
Starts at 10:40 show & tell
10:40 – 11:10 snack table available
11:10 – 11:15 cleanup
11:15 – 11:30 music
11:30 – 12:00 indoor gym time (O Hall)
12:00 – 12:15 count and return to rooms*
12:15 – 12:45 lunch, calendar, weather chart
12:45 – 1:55 area play
Starts at 1:35 story and show & tell
1:55 – 2:00 clean up
2:00 – 2:20 snack
2:20 – 2:50 floor toys, group activities
2:50 – 3:00 travel to playground*
3:00 – 3:30 outdoor playground time
3:30– 3:40 travel to room*
3:40 – 4:00 puzzle time in room 105

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

If possible, please arrange time for at least one visit to Trettin with your child prior to their first day. This will enable your child to become familiar with the classroom while you are still there with them. Whether or not your child has previously been in care, he/she child will be adjusting to a new environment during the first few visits. Staff will make every effort to help your child adjust and will keep you informed of their progress. As a parent/guardian some things you can do to make the transition easier are as follows:
• Aim to drop off your child within a 10 minute time frame. Drawing out the drop off process can make it more difficult to transition.
• If possible drop off your child at approximately the same time each visit in order to establish routine.
• Know the classroom’s schedule so that you can plan to drop off your child during a time that is easy for them to transition into being at school. For example, it is difficult if you arrive in the middle of an activity.