Whatcom pre-school, daycare resources


Bellingham Preschool of the Arts: 1059 N. State St., Bellingham, artspreschool.com, 360-306-15462.

Ages served: 21/2 to 5 years. Affiliations: BAAY.

Bellingham Preschool of the Arts offers an early-learning opportunity to develop cognitive, emotional, social and multisensory skills in an arts-rich environment through two-day preschool, three-day preschool and kindergarten readiness programs. Children involved in the arts imagine, create and express. They develop self-confidence and self-discipline, think critically, solve problems, make informed judgments, work cooperatively in groups, appreciate others’ points of view and are open to new pathways for learning.

Christ Lutheran Christian Preschool: 5904 Vista Drive, Ferndale, clcferndale.org/preschool, 360-380-2233.

Ages served: 3 to 5 years. Affiliations: Christ Lutheran Church, Ferndale.

Christ Lutheran Christian Preschool offers young children a Christian setting in which to grow, learn and develop physically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. We strive to provide a Christian atmosphere that is as child-centered and hands-on as possible.

Discovery Playschool: 2300 Queen St., Bellingham; facebook.com/discovery.playschool, 360-734-9952

Capacity: 12.

Ages served: 2-5 years.

We are a licensed family home child care. It is our desire to provide a loving, creative, interactive and fun environment for your preschooler. We understand the need for a nurturing and dependable child care resource. We are licensed by Washington State and participate in the USDA food program. We have a scheduled day that includes free play, ABCs and 123s and more. We provide two meals and two snacks. We are open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We are located in the Alabama-Barkley area.

Gabriel’s Art Kids: 1415 Dupont St., Bellingham, gabrielsartkids.com, 360-393-0107

Ages served: Preschool.

We are an arts preschool and provide a supportive, unhurried, and non-judgmental environment, with focus on the arts; visual, music, dance and theater and self-expression. We are a Multiple Intelligence School that puts a strong focus on a well-rounded education. Art is incorporated into their daily lesson plans, and we often try to create interdisciplinary connections between the students’ art lessons and their other classes.

Kids Central Preschool at Central Lutheran Church: 925 N. Forest St., Bellingham, kidscentralpreschool.org, 360-734-7180.

Ages served: 3 years through pre-school. Affiliations: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Kids’ Central Preschool offers an affordable, quality preschool experience in a loving Christian environment, where each child’s differences are celebrated. We are blessed to be the first step in your child’s education so that it is positive, happy and educational.

Miss Monica’s Daycare: 5981 Longdin Road, Ferndale, facebook.com/missmonicachildcare, 360-223-9210.

Ages served: up to 12 years old. Capacity: six. Cost: $3 per hour per child.

New in-home daycare coming June 1 south of Ferndale, two miles east of the freeway. Activities include trains, books, outside play, dress-up and crafts. Operator has experience with all ages, children with special needs, foster parenting, adopted children, and education in early-childhood learning.

Miss Patti’s Preschool: 5888 Cedar St., Ferndale, Facebook, 360-384-4041.

Ages served: 3 to 5 years.

Miss Patti’s Preschool offers loving guidance, social interaction, hands-on and academic curriculum, self-help and social emotional growth, and kindergarten-readiness skills, all in a Christian, family-focused program. Miss Patti has been teaching for more than 21 years in Ferndale. She has a partnership with Ferndale High School Child Development program, belongs to the National Association for Young Children and meets with kindergarten teachers to help plan her pre-k curriculum.

MORE Smiles Learning Center: 738 Adelia St., Blaine, facebook.com/MoreSmilesLearningCenter, 360-332-7135.

Ages served: Up to 12 years. Capacity: 38.

We believe children learn by exploring, experimenting and having fun, and we emphasize group socialization, building self-esteem and confidence, and focusing on the development of each child’s strengths. Our program includes exposure to such fundamental concepts as cooperation, following directions, taking turns and listening skills, and offer activities involving sizes, shapes, colors, letters, numbers and language arts.

Polliwogs Learning Pond: 4010 Adams Ave., Bellingham; Facebook, 360-733-4759

Ages served: 2-6.

Polliwogs Learning Pond is a small, in-home preschool offering a full pre-kindergarten curriculum weekdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is the perfect space for children who would do better in a smaller group, or are beginning to interact with children outside their home. With 15 years teaching experience, teacher Sara offers a loving space that gives the child a sense of home away from home.

The Firs Adventure Preschool: 4605 Cable St., Bellingham, afterschooladventure.org, 360-733-6840.

Ages served: 3 to 5 years. Affiliations: The Firs.

“Where Play is Learning & Learning is Adventure.” We offer bilingual classes 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, with extended adventures until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

The Firs After School Adventure: 4605 Cable St., Bellingham, afterschooladventure.org, 360-733-6840.

Ages served: Kindergarten to fifth grade.

We offer before- and after-school programs as well as all-day adventures for school holidays and teacher work days. Activities range from woodworking and fun in the forest to dance, sports, arts and science. We offer transportation to and from participating schools.

The Loving Tree School: Located at the The United Church of Ferndale 2034 Washington St., Ferndale, unitedchurchofferndale.org, 360-384-3302

Ages served: 3 to 5.

We believe that children learn best in an environment where they are supported and experience joy with hands-on activities that are carefully planned to follow their interests. Our program offers a balance of structure and free choice that sets a strong foundation for their lifelong learning journey. Loving Tree School is rooted in love. Striving to follow the teaching and example of Jesus, we cherish and celebrate our diversity as we seek to draw the circle of inclusion wide and offer unconditional love and respect to all who come among us.

The PlaySchool at Perch & Play: 1707 N. State St., Bellingham, perchandplay.com, 360-393-4925.

Ages served: 5 and younger.

The Playschool at Perch & Play is an enrichment program focused on playful learning. The approach, blended with Reggio Emilia principles, encourages stimulation, challenge and experimentation that further the child’s development. Program will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Lunch and healthy snack included each day. Class size limited to eight children.

Whatcom Family YMCA: 1256 N. State St., Bellingham, whatcomymca.org, 360-733-8630.

Ages served: 3 to 5 years; must be potty trained.

The Y preschool and pre-K program is located in downtown Bellingham and designed to meet the developmental needs of the whole child. We strive to encourage exploration of their environment while supporting their social, emotional and cognitive growth. Full- and part-time schedules available. Activities include circle time, early math and literacy, art, music, science, swimming, field trips, and rock wall climbing. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack included.

Whatcom Family YMCA: 1256 N. State St., Bellingham, whatcomymca.org, 360-733-8630.

Ages served: 5 to 12 years.

Designed with the needs of the family in mind, Y’s Kids Before and After School Enrichment gives parents a safe, affordable choice for hours between home and school. Locations available for most Bellingham and Ferndale schools. Options include full- or part-time schedules, early release and all-day programs when school is not in session. Registration forms and FAQ available online.


Bridgeway Christian Academy: 858 W. Smith Road, Bellingham, bridgeway-christian-academy.com, 360-384-5923.

Ages served: K-5.

Our school is a child-centered, multi-age, hands-on learning environment that maximizes researched-based best practices with teaching strategies to develop lifelong learners. This is a school where play and wonder enhances academics and children have a deep sense of belonging and love through community building, cooperative learning and Christian values incorporated through life skills. We continually teach and assess students as we aim to meet and exceed state standards with a focus on students’ interests and needs.

Cedar Tree Montessori: 2114 Broadway, Bellingham; cedar-tree.org, 360-714-1762.

Ages served: 3-12.

Cedar Tree Montessori cultivates a passion for learning, advances academic skills, and promotes peace and global awareness in a nurturing community. Our curriculum includes: reading, language, writing, spelling, hands-on-math, science and social studies, as well as enrichment subjects such as art, music, computers, physical education and Spanish. We promote conflict resolution, environmental awareness, cultural studies and public service.

Hawthorne Learning Solutions: hlsolutions.net, 360-599-5033.

Ages served: Kindergarten-grade 12.

Hawthorne Learning Solutions provides educational consulting, tutoring and academic coaching tailored to families of students with learning challenges. With or without a diagnosis, we work with parents and students, solving problems related to academic progress, placement and programming, executive skills, attention, behavior, and social skills.

Whatcom Hills Waldorf School: 941 Austin St., Bellingham, whws.org, 360-733-3164.

Ages served: Ages 21/2 to eight grade. Affiliation: American Waldorf Schools of North America.

For Waldorf students, mathematics, science, literature, history and music not simply subjects to be read about and tested; they are experienced. Multi-disciplinary experiences cultivate a lifelong love of learning and develop intellectual, emotional and physical capacities. Generous financial assistance and scholarships available. Five-day preschool and full-day child care.

Wheels of Life Community School: 2738 Orleans St., Bellingham, wheelsoflifecommunityschool.com, 360-393-1652.

Ages served: Pre-kindergarten to fifth grade.

A multi-age learning center, Wheels of Life works with homeschool families and full-time workers to allow for a flexible schedule to meet your needs. Students explore literacy, math, science, art, world studies, movement and more. As a practicing democratic community school, we ensure each child has the knowledge to self-govern, and the empowerment to take ownership for their schooling and eventually life.