We acknowledge that we are on the unceded ancestral lands of the Duwamish people. The first people of Seattle, the Duwamish People past and present and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Duwamish tribe.
Established by the Wallingford United Methodist Church in 1968 as a way to give back to the Wallingford community, we have a supportive relationship with the church, while maintaining a non-religious curriculum open to the neighborhood and greater Seattle area.
Wallingford Child Care is committed to helping each child build a positive self image through their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development and thus promote success and enjoyment of school, home and living in general. Utilizing an Emergent Curriculum approach to teaching young children our teachers pride themselves on following the child’s interests while finding creative and meaningful ways to draw out exploration of various topics throughout the year, promoting genuine student engagement and long lasting learning.
We believe in teaching an anti-bias curriculum and we believe in a non-violent environment. We are committed to exposing children to a variety of cultures in order to promote understanding and acceptance of our differences. According with our dedication to our community we teach children constructive ways to deal with a full range of emotions, including conflict, while supporting a growing vision of a world beyond our own walls.
We believe it is imperative that children and their parents receive all the love and encouragement possible in these most important early years. WCCC is committed to providing and supporting a strong partnership between staff, parents, and families through ongoing communication, education and information opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and open access to the classroom. Such a partnership assures a consistent, stable foundation from which our children can grow.
WCCC Support for BLM and Anti-Racism
To the Greater Community of Wallingford Child Care Center:
The Black Lives Matter movement has enabled many of us to reevaluate our world as we know it. Although racial injustice is not new in our country, for some of us it has never been made clearer than through the death of George Floyd. Since his death, the anti-racist movement in our country has grown in prominence and captured the attention of many Americans.
Wallingford Child Care Center stands with the Black Lives Matter. We wholeheartedly strive to have an inclusive, open, and supportive child care center. We are committed to a anti-racist vision of our center. This commitment extends beyond policy and procedure. We have a firm belief that we all need to strive to be anti-racist in our everyday actions, both big and subtle.
A few actions that WCCC Board will be taking:
- Dedicate time and space to discuss anti-racism and BLM each month
- Expand our perspective/education through anti-racist book recommendations and resources that support people of color
- Support staff that choose to voice their views at marches and rallies that support anti-racism and people of color
- Support staff to engage in anti-racist training and incorporate these learnings in classroom and curriculum as appropriate
At this time, we don’t full know what this commitment to racial justice looks like in execution. We recognize the injustice against people of color and are trying to educate ourselves on how to best support institutional structures that embrace diversity, and right our country’s injustices. We hope that you will take a similar journey.
WCCC Board Members