Intergenerational Children’s Center – Now Enrolling for Preschool!

We believe that intergenerational relationships, such as the bond created between grandparents and grandchildren, are an essential part of life. Our hours of operation are 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule a tours of the center, please call (206) 281-5786.

Infant Program

Our Infant Program is designed for babies ages 3 months through 15/16 months. The staff child ratio is 1:3 with a maximum class size of 8. The infants and their teachers enjoy a bright, light filled space that includes a sleeping room, a play area, a dining area and an area for gross motor development. Primary caregivers meet the unique needs of each individual infant, supporting and encouraging their development with warm and nurturing care.

Toddler Program

Our Toddler Program is designed for toddlers ages 15/16 months to 2.5 / 3 years. The staff child ratio is 1:6 with a maximum class size of 14. Our environment for very young children gives your toddler the freedom to safely explore and learn through discovery. The setting is calm, inviting, and homelike, with soft rugs, a rocking chair, books arrayed on low shelves and toys in baskets. Colors are muted, the atmosphere peaceful. The children enjoy weekly outings to sing, dance, and play with Bayview residents.

Preschool & Pre-K Program

Our Preschool / Pre-K Program is a mixed age group of children ages 2.5 years through 5. The staff child ratio is 1:8 with a maximum class size of 20. The classroom is designed to be enticing and stimulating. We focus on each individual student and the space itself. Our classroom is broken up into five learning areas, creating a place where children have a sense of freedom and enhance their independent learning, self-discipline, and exploration skills. The children enjoy the rich relationships and collaborations with the elder residents with bi-weekly visits and outings throughout Bayview.

OUR INTERGENERATIONAL CHILDREN’S CENTER.

We believe that intergenerational relationships, such as the bond created between grandparents and grandchildren, are an essential part of life. For children, it provides connection with the past and opportunity to grow and learn from their elders. For seniors, it fosters a vital sense of meaning, contribution and connection to the next generation.

AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.

Our approach to early childhood education employs an interconnected web of educational practices grounded in the innate curiosity, competence, and enthusiasm children have for learning. Accompanied by their teacher, children participate in planned and spontaneous activities throughout the campus with Bayview residents. Through these daily interactions, the children and the residents create meaningful connections between generations, which helps to foster positive attitudes and understanding towards both seniors and people with disabilities. As children interact on a daily basis with their extended family of “grandmas and the grandpas,” they bring joy and receive genuine appreciation in return.

REACHING MILESTONES TOGETHER.

With three dedicated classrooms, our center serves 44 children, ages three months to five years old. We have a spacious indoor play area, a secured outdoor playground, which includes riding toys, coupe cars and helmets. Teachers serve as facilitators and coaches to guide children to meet their developmental milestones.

Meet James Bauckman

James Bauckman is the Director of Intergenerational Children’s Center. James has 25 years of experience as an educator and administrator for childcare centers, his rich background includes working at Montessori schools globally, serving children from birth through high school. He cofounded two Montessori schools in Washington state and holds a master’s degree in education from Western Washington University. He’s a devoted father to two teenagers and the owner of three snuggly cats. Fun fact: James’ career began in a completely different field. He grew up in New England and initially worked as a Research and Development Chemist for a high-tech coatings company. He developed waterproof and breathable coatings and adhesives for textiles used in sporting goods, medical and performance clothing.

Our Pre-K/Preschool Program

Welcome to our pre-Kindergarten/preschool program, where learning meets play in a vibrant and enriching environment!
Our curriculum is centered around the power of play, recognizing it as the primary mode of learning for children ages 3 to 5. Held Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM, our program offers a dynamic blend of structured activities and free play, fostering creativity, social skills, and cognitive development. We believe that through play, children naturally explore, experiment, and make sense of the world around them. By integrating play into our curriculum, we create a stimulating atmosphere where children can learn at their own pace, developing essential skills while having fun. Moreover, as an intergenerational program, we provide unique opportunities for our young learners to connect with and learn from older adults, promoting empathy, understanding, and a sense of community. Join us as we embark on a journey of discovery, laughter, and growth, where every moment is an opportunity to learn through play!

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11 West Aloha Street

Seattle, WA 98119

Phone: (206) 284-7330