Child Care

Program Philosophy

We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children.  The goal of our program is to assist the parent(s) in the care and education of each child.  We believe in a strong parent/teacher partnership.  Children learn through play, so we believe that a child’s work is their play and their play is their work.  Our educational program is based on sound principles of child development.  We want the children to have a sense of self-worth by helping them develop at their own individual pace, while learning basic skills.  We want the children to feel confident and secure enough to explore and grow in a stimulating educational environment.

We are committed to promoting and supporting all aspects of a child’s growth in an atmosphere of respect.  Your child is an individual who is an integral member of a group, and whose uniqueness is acknowledged and appreciated by that group.

Children participate in a variety of individual and group activities designed to develop language and reading readiness skills, enhancing physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth, skills and attitudes which will increase their ability to succeed in school.

Please remember that children learn through play and that at times they may get messy or dirty.  Please dress them comfortably, so they are free to do so, and neither you nor they will have to worry about getting dirty.  Please feel free to share your ideas and visit us at any time.  I hope your child will be happy, secure and healthy in our facility.

Hours of Operations

The Lower Elwha Child Care Center is open from 7:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  We are closed on weekends and for all State, National, and Tribal holidays, and other Tribal closures.  During the winter months, please follow Port Angeles School District for any information on power outages and/or snow closures.  When the power is out, we are unable to provide care until the power is returned.  All other closures will be posted ahead of time to allow parent to make other child care arrangements.  Unless it becomes a health issue, then we will inform parents as soon as possible.