The UW Children's Center at Portage Bay

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The UW Children's Center at Portage Bay
3745 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 685-8922

This Center serves the families of University of Washington staff, faculty, and students

 The new two-story facility is located at 3745 15th Ave NE in South Campus. Our new space, renovated in late 2016, serves 138 children with two infant rooms, three toddler rooms, four preschool rooms and plenty of outdoor space.  

The Infant program at UWCC Portage Bay is based on the teachings of Magda Gerber and the RIE (Resources for Infant Educators) philosophy. This approach of being with infants is based on respectful and responsive caregiving in the least restrictive environment that is as safe as possible. The Toddler and Preschool age classrooms are organized around Montessori philosophy. The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment which offers your child the freedom to make their own choices, learn at their own pace and fully experience the joy of learning. The onsite program Director is Andrea Mosko.

The UW Children's Center at Portage Bay is located at the former site of the UW Transportation Center at 3745 15th Ave NE, conveniently located in South Campus.

Our Preschool and Toddler programs are based on the Montessori Method.  Our Infant program uses the RIE philosophy.  We strive to maintain a 3:1 staff to child ratio with Infants, 5:1 with Toddlers, and 10:1 with Preschoolers. The Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm.

We care for children from 3 months - 5 years of age.  Portage Bay is a part of the UW Childcare system, which gives priority to those families affiliated with the University.  Equal priority is provided to children of eligible faculty, staff or student.

For more information regarding the waitlist or enrollment, please contact our waitlist coordinator at (206) 523-3936.

Download the waitlist application here.


Tuition (2019-2020)
Tuition may be paid quarterly or in twelve equal payments due at the beginning of each month. The first month's tuition is due when an enrollment contract is submitted.

Annual Calendar
A year-round program with the exception of holidays, three in-service days and two one-week closures at the end of August and December. Click here to view the current calendar.

Age Group Tuition
Infant $2090
Toddler $1855
Preschool $1590

Two healthy snacks and a ‘home made’ hot lunch are provided each day for preschoolers, toddlers and infants on table food. Parents provide formula, infant food and special dietary needs.