About Us

In 1969 University Congregational United Church of Christ undertook an outreach program to provide quality child care, emphasizing economic, social, and ethnic diversity with a commitment to serving low income and single-parent families. In 1999, UCUCC Child Care Programs became a separately incorporated 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and Board membership was expanded to include parents and community members. 

UCUCC Child Care Programs provides a place where all families are welcome and supported.

At Child Learning and Care Center, we believe children learn best by doing.  What children do best is play.  Children learn best through play.  Some examples: Our toddlers love to play with dress up shoes, in learning to put on dress up shoes by themselves, they are now able to put on their own shoes to go outside and play.  Our preschoolers love to play with play dough.  Our preschoolers help make the play dough by counting how many cups of flour and salt we need to make play dough.  Our children have learned that the number three actually means three items.  Our Pre Kindergarteners learn to play together.  They learn the block tower gets built bigger and faster when they work together.  They have learned to be a team player.  

Child Learning and Care Center, is more than day care, we are exactly what our name says.  We are a learning center for children, who need to have some one to care for them while their parents are at work or school.  You can expect that your child will be learning in a loving and supporting place from the time they walk in our door at 15 months until they graduate and move on to kindergarten. 

An important part of our Philosophy is an anti-bias approach to learning.  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. Examples of how a classroom environment may include representations of diversity are as the follows:

  • In decoration: displayed pictures of children and families served and pictures of various diverse individuals and families
  • In dramatic play: various skin tone babies, multi-cultural foods, multi-cultural dress and/or accessories, a wheel chair, glasses, wigs, or occupational hats
  • In literature: picture books reflecting multi cultural, differently abled, intergenerational families, same sex parents/guardians, sign language, and non-stereotypical gender roles
  • In manipulative and block play: pretend play people that are multi cultural, differently abled, differently aged, and include different representations of family

 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.


Child Learning and Care Center is currently accepting families for our wait list.  Please contact us by email director@childlearning.org, or phone 206-524-3400, with your name, phone number, email address or phone number that we are able to leave a message at, your child's first name and date of birth.  We also need to know if you need care 2, 3 or 5 days per week

We do not charge a fee to be on our waitlist.  We only do tours when we have space available. We typically schedule tours during the morning activity times, between 9am and 11:30 am Wednesday - Friday. Tours are scheduled in advance to respect planned classroom activities. We accept families with City of Seattle, University of Washington, and DSHS voucher programs. We also offer limited partial scholarship for lower income qualified families. We realize that choosing a child care is an important decision. We require all families to tour our center and visit our classrooms prior to enrollment. Transition visits help a child become familiar with the staff and the routine in their classroom. 

Our mission is to provide care for all families regardless of their ability to afford quality care, priority will be given to low income families. Please let us know if you qualify for DSHS, City of Seattle Child Care Assistance, or UW Student Subsidy Program.  If you do we will add your name to the top of the list. We ask that you call or email to check your status on the wait list annually.  If we do not hear from you after 12 months, we will assume you no longer need care and your name will be removed from the list.  As your name comes to the top of the list, we will call and schedule a tour at that time.  It is hard to predict when a space will open, it could be just a few months or a year or more.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Child Learning and Care Center is open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.