Preschool Powered by Play

Preschool Powered by Play

Helping prepare children to be confident and eager learners

Inspired by the Best in Early Childhood Education

Preschool Powered by Play is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach, which believes in children’s innate capacity to wonder, hypothesize, investigate, and direct their learning. Teachers listen, observe, and provoke thoughtful investigations to follow the emergent interests of children within the Museum and carefully designed play-based classroom. Each learner and the collection of learners create an invested, collaborative, compassionate community that celebrates each person’s unique spark, gifts, and talents.

Preschool Powered by Play offers Toddler and Preschool Classes at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and the Hoyt Early Learning Center in Proctor. (See pricing and class schedules below.)

Preschool: AM and PM sessions are available with three-day and five-day options.

Preschool serves children ages 3 – 5 years old. This relationship-based program supports a child’s encouragement of the natural, playful discovery process, helping prepare children to be confident and eager learners ready for school and their life journey.

Toddler Classes: Two-day classes are available at both of our campuses.

Toddler Classes provide a foundation for familiarity with routine and learning through playful experiences, interactions, and environments for children ages 2 – 3.

Classes fill up fast, and we do hold a waitlist of applicants. 

Questions? Please contact our Preschool Powered by Play Team at preschoolpoweredbyplay@greentrike.org

Inspired by the Best in Early Childhood Education

We believe in the innate capacity of children to wonder, hypothesize, investigate and direct their own learning. Facilitators listen, observe, and provoke thoughtful investigations to follow the emergent interests of children within the Museum and carefully designed play-based classroom. Each learner and the collection of learners create an invested, collaborative and compassionate community that celebrates each person’s unique spark, gifts, and talents. We offer Toddler and Preschool Classes through Preschool Powered by Play.

Serving children ages 2 – 5 years old and their adults, this relationship-based program supports parental engagement in and encouragement of the natural, playful discovery process, helping prepare children to be confident and eager learners who are ready for school and their life journey.

Our Preschool Classes are offered at two locations, Hoyt Early Learning Center and the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Three or Five-day per week classes for children ages 3 – 5 year old.

Toddler Classes are offered only at the Hoyt Early Learning Center Campus and Children’s Museum of Tacoma Campus, two consecutive days a week, providing a foundation for familiarity with routine and learning through playful experiences, interactions, and environments.

Classes fill up fast, and we do hold a waitlist of applicants.

Questions? Please contact our Preschool Powered by Play Team at preschoolpoweredbyplay@greentrike.org

Details and Pricing 2023 – 2024

Children’s Museum of Tacoma Classes

Days Time Price per month
5-Day Preschool AM Monday – Friday 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. $980
5-Day Preschool PM Monday – Friday 1:15 – 3:45 p.m. $980
3-Day Preschool AM Wednesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $600
3-Day Preschool PM Wednesday – Friday 1:15 – 3:45 p.m. $600
Toddler 1 Monday – Tuesday 8:45 – 10:15 a.m. $445
Toddler 2 Monday – Tuesday 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. $445

Hoyt Campus Classes

Days Time Price per month
5-Day Preschool AM Monday – Friday 9:15 – 11:45 a.m. $980
5-Day Preschool PM Monday – Friday 1:15 – 3:45 p.m. $980
3-Day Preschool AM Monday – Wednesday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. $600
3-Day Preschool PM Monday – Wednesday 1:15 – 3:45 p.m. $600
Toddler 1 Thursday – Friday 8:45 – 10:15 a.m. $445
Toddler 2 Thursday – Friday 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. $445

Policies

There is a $100 non-refundable application fee.  The $100 fee is waived for all families who were registered for the 2022-23 school year.

Through the pandemic, Greentrike has followed the guidance of the Washington State Department of Health and the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, found here. As of March 14, 2022 masks will be encouraged, but are no longer required, indoors and outdoors. Children and staff can choose to continue to wear a mask or not wear a mask. We acknowledge that changes with public masking can be difficult and stressful. Please have a conversation as a family to discuss your thoughts and feelings on masking and what makes your child and family feel comfortable.

Greentrike staff, programs, and participating children and families will support and respect the choices of individuals. Masks will continue to be provided for anyone who requires one.

Children and teaching staff will wash and sanitize hands thoroughly upon entering the room and then frequently throughout the day. Each child will be assigned a cubby to hold their belongings. Materials, toys, and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized daily.

By dropping your child off each day, you agree to the following:

  • Not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 not caused by allergies or another

condition. Symptoms include fever of 100-4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, the recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. Any symptoms of COVID will require a negative test to return to school. Accepted tests include antigen PCR, administered at home, at a community testing site, or by a healthcare provider.

  • In compliance with any required isolation, detailed above, if they tested positive for COVID-
  • Fever-free for 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing
  • Symptom-free from intestinal upsets, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24

It is recommended that those who have recently traveled get tested for COVID 3-5 days upon their return, particularly if travel was to an area with a high COVID-19 transmission rate. Monitor for symptoms for 10 days upon your return, and get tested if you develop symptoms, following testing guidelines.

Thank you for keeping us informed if your child is not feeling well as we may need to work alongside the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to support the health and wellness of our community.

Children and staff exposed to someone with COVID-19 no longer need to quarantine, unless they have COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of their vaccination status. Additionally, classroom closures will only occur if the  Tacoma Pierce County Health Department declares an outbreak in our classroom community. Individuals exposed to COVID-19 will need to get tested 3-5 days after exposure, regardless of vaccination status, and continue to monitor for symptoms.  It is also encouraged that individuals wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after exposure.  If symptoms develop, individuals will need to quarantine at home and if symptom onset occurs at school, children and staff will be sent home immediately; a negative test will be required to return to school. Greentrike staff will notify those who were potentially exposed at school. Children and staff exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of whether they were knowingly exposed or not, must get tested before returning to the classroom. Any individuals who are symptomatic, but are negative for COVID-19, should consider wearing a mask while participating in our programs to reduce the spreading of germs to others.

Any child or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 must notify Greentrike/Preschool Powered by Play administration and isolate at home for at least 5 full days, regardless of vaccination status. They can return to school or work on day 6 if they have:

  • No symptoms, or symptoms are improving,
  • No fever in the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, AND
  • Test negative with an at-home, antigen, or PCR test after day Testing after day 10 is not necessary. If they do not test negative after day 5, they can return after day 10 from the onset of symptoms or date of positive COVID test.

As per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21.14, all teaching staff will be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. As legally required, Greentrike will reasonably accommodate the medical contraindication and religious practices of its employees.  To maintain compliance with EEOC regulations, we are unable to share the individual vaccination status of Greentrike employees.