FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What times are you open? Trettin Early Learning Center is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM- 5:30 PM.
2. What ages of children do you serve? We serve children ages 12 months through 6 years, until the time that they start kindergarten.
3. How many children are in your programs? Our Programs are licensed by Washington State DCYF (Department of Children, Youth and Families) for a maximum of 85 children in 6 classrooms. Currently, we have 5 classrooms open.
4. Do you provide part time care? We have a variety of flexible scheduling options. Families can register for 2-5 days of regular care. For a more flexible option families can utilize our limited number of drop-in spaces. Drop-in spaces can be scheduled in advance for a full or half day of care. For more information about this, please see our "Enrollment" page.
5. Do you have a sliding fee scale? We do not have a sliding scale for tuition. We do, however, provide scholarships based on income for families who do not qualify for other subsidy programs. We ask that you apply for subsidy with DSHS, the City of Seattle or UW student funding programs first. Our scholarship fund is limited, and we want to be able to serve as many families as possible through our program. We do prioritize enrollment to subsidy families on our wait list. We will work with families regarding payment or payment plans for registration fee and tuition deposit.
6. What meals do you serve? We will provide a morning snack/light breakfast, a snack in the afternoon, and an evening snack. We ask families to provide a lunch daily.
7. Do you accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies? Snacks and meals provided by the programs are vegetarian and have dairy free options, as well as gluten-free options. We provide organic whole milk at meals and have oat and soy milk available for children who cannot have dairy. We are a a tree-and-peanut-free program. Please do not send your child with anything containing nuts/peanuts. If your child has additional allergies you can work with the admin team to see if reasonable substitutions can be made.
8. What should children bring to school? Children should come with a lunch appropriate for the child's age/development, a water bottle, and changes of clothes. If your child would like, they may also bring a blanket and/or soft toy for rest time. Please leave other toys at home. For the younger children, diapers are provided. You may bring your own if that better suits your needs.
9. What is the music/dance class? Families may sign up their children for an optional "Music and Movement" class. This is $50 additional per month. Teacher Diana has been instructing this class for many years and children love going each week.
10. Are donations tax deductible? Trettin Early Learning Center is the public facing name under the legal name UCUCC Child Care Programs. The Center is a 501(c)3 and the EIN is 311705913. We accept cash donations in a variety of ways. See the Donations page.
11. How do you support toilet training? Before a child is ready to start toilet training, we will discuss with the parent or guardian their views on toilet training. For toilet training we use positive reinforcement, culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate methods, as well as a routine developed in agreement with the parents or guardians. You will need to supply lots of training pants (plastic or disposable) and several sets of dry clothes. At this time, accidents are expected and are treated with sensitivity and encouragement.
12. Can I bring in breastmilk? We welcome parents to come in to nurse their child or bring breast milk. If parents choose to come in to breastfeed, they can use the private room across from the check-in station. If you provide breast milk, we will immediately refrigerate or freeze the breast milk. The milk must be in a closed container, labeled with the child's first and last name and the date received. We will keep frozen breast milk for no more than thirty days upon receipt and then any unused frozen breast milk will be returned to the parent after thirty days. We will keep unfrozen breast milk for up to twenty-four hours. Thawed breast milk or breast milk that has not been previously frozen and has not been served within twenty-four hours will be returned to the parent or guardian at the end of each day. We will throw away the contents of any bottle not fully consumed within one hour.