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Ages of care: We provide care for children 12 months to 6 years old.

Our curriculum philosophy: We strive to follow a constructivist approach to curriculum. Based on noted Early Childhood philosophers Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, and Maria Montessori, we emphasize developmentally appropriate, child-led, hands-on learning through play. Emphasis is placed on building trusting relationships and developing emotional intelligence and social skills. Teachers provide a rich environment with various toys and activities to stimulate children's imagination and learning. Teachers observe and interact closely with children to document and extend their learning. 

Our classrooms: The classrooms are organized around age and developmental groupings so that your child can share experiences with their peer group. We also offer staff-to-student ratios that are higher than required by Washington State.

  • Caterpillars: Young toddler- (12~24 months)

  • Heffalumps: Toddler (20~32 months)

  • Dragons: Older Toddler/Young Pre-K (30~42 months)

  • Busy Bees: Mixed Pre-K (3-5 years old)

  • Magic Butterfly: Pre-K (4-6 years old)


We are fortunate to have a large outdoor playground and easy access to places like the University of Washington campus for walks.  On very rainy or cold days we also have an indoor play area downstairs.

We are closed on all major holidays and for in-service days. See our Calendar page for closure dates.


Caterpillar Room
Young Toddler

The Caterpillar Room is the youngest toddler classroom. It is where children get to learn about themselves, build strong relationships with their teachers and get to know their peers. We work to meet their needs and not our schedule. We work to find the routines that work best for the children in an environment of respect and trusting relationships.


Heffalump Room
Older Toddler

The Heffalump Room is our older toddler classroom. Our nurturing and experienced teachers provide a safe and stimulating environment, where curiosity is encouraged and independence is celebrated. With a focus on social development, language skills, and motor coordination, our toddler classroom is a place where laughter and imagination know no bounds.


Dragon Room
Older Toddler / Young Pre-K

The Dragon Room is our young Pre-K & oldest toddler room. Children in this class are between 2.5 and 3.5 years old. As a transitional space between toddler and preschooler, this is where young minds take exciting leaps forward. Our caring teachers provide a nurturing environment that encourages independence and fosters a love for learning. Through age-appropriate activities and hands-on exploration, children build essential cognitive, social, and emotional skills, preparing them for the next stage of their educational journey.

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Busy Bee Room
Mixed Pre-K

The Busy Bee Room is our Mixed Pre-K Room where children aged 3 to 5 years old come together to embark on an incredible journey of learning and fun. This vibrant space is a melting pot of creativity, imagination, and discovery.

Our dedicated educators foster a love for exploration, empowering children to follow their passions and interests. With a curriculum designed to ignite young minds, we cultivate essential academic and social skills in a supportive and inclusive setting.


Magic Butterfly Room

The Magic Butterfly Room is a Pre-K room serving children who will soon be entering Kindergarten. In this room our teachers capitalize on children’s natural curiosity to learn about the world around us. Our caring teachers ask questions, investigate our environment and work together. Children learn about each other and how to communicate with their peers. They get to practice working with groups so that they can be successful when they enter Kindergarten.

UCUCC Child Care Programs dba Trettin Early Learning Center is a nonprofit, tax exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Employer Identification Number (EIN) for UCUCC Child Care Programs is 311705913.
Contact Us:

P: 206-524-3400

TELC is located in the University Congregational Church of Christ

4515 16th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
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