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Orca Children's Center has two classrooms, the Moon Room (ages 15 months to 2 years) and the Sun Room (ages 3 to 5 years). We are licensed to accommodate 34 children and operate Monday - Friday, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. We offer families the option of enrolling children 2, 3 or 5 days a week. For current rates and availability, please contact us.

Discipline Policy/ Behavior Guidance 

We use the word “discipline” to mean guiding children’s behavior to help them gain self control and to interact with others in an appropriate manner. With this goal in mind, behavior is managed by:

  • Using positive redirection, diverting the child away from the less desired activity.
  • Giving clear information about which behaviors are or are not acceptable.
  • Emphasizing the positive rather that the negative
  • Positive reinforcement by rewarding behavior we would like to see continued.
  • Ignoring certain behaviors we don’t want.
  • Reminding children of school rules.

If a dangerous or disruptive behavior persists, it is sometimes necessary to remove a child from his/her peers for a short time. Inappropriate behavior which continues regularly is handled using behavior modification techniques, which are designed with parent participation.

Religion & Holidays

Orca Children’s Center teaches respect for all individuals, families, religions and beliefs. We like to include customs of all our families as a way of teaching children about cultures and respect for all. And families are encouraged to share activities, food, songs and stories from their cultures.  

2010 Closures & Special Events Calendar

Orca Children's Center works to align all school closures with the Seattle Public School district. Additionally, from time to time, the school may have to close due to severe weather conditions. Our voice message will tell you if we're closed (206-789-7648). Monthly tuition rates do not change due to holidays, closures, or family time away from school (we average cost out over the course of the year so fees can remain consistent). We also take kids on field trips to the library, zoo, etc. These special events will be announced to parents a few weeks out and parents are always welcome to join us.

January 11, MonClose at 5:00 pm for staff meeting
January 18, MonSchool closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 15, MonSchool closed in observance of President's Day
March 8, MonClose at 5:00 pm for staff meeting
April, all monthParent / Teach Conferences
April 1-2, Thurs-FriSchool closed for teacher in-service training
May 31, MonSchool closed in observance of Memorial Day
June 14, MonClose at 5:00 pm for staff meeting
June 17, ThursSun Room Celebration & Preschool Graduation
July 5, MonSchool closed in observance of Independence Day
June/July (date TBD)All school family picnic at the park (bring your own dinner)
August 9, MonClose at 5:00 pm for staff meeting
September 1-3, Wed-FriSchool closed for annual teacher planning event
September 6, MonSchool closed in observance of Labor Day
October 11, MonClose at 5:00 pm for staff meeting
November 11, ThursSchool closed in observance of Veteren's Day
November 25-26, Thurs-FriSchool closed for Thanksgiving holiday
December 22-January 2Winter break closure (open Monday, January 3)