The University of Washington Children's Center at West Campus

Program Overview

Under the sponsorship of the University of Washington, the University of Washington Children's Center at West Campus was built in 1996 to serve the children of University of Washington staff and faculty. The center includes an infant room, toddler class and two preschool classes. West Campus is a Montessori-based early childhood program and is licensed for 54 children. The on-site Program Director is Kate Prugh.

7:00am to 6:00pm
Monday through Friday

Ages of Children
Three months to five years

Full days / Monday-Friday

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. 

Age Group Tuition
Infant $1895
Toddler $1685
Preschool $1400


Annual Calendar
A year-round program with the exception of legal holidays, three in-service days and two one-week closures at the end of August and December. 

Two healthy snacks and afternoon tea are provided each day to toddlers and preschoolers. Parents provide lunches, infant food and formula, and special dietary needs. Hot lunch is available for a fee year round.

Fare Start caters our hot lunch program.

Parents provide cloth or disposable diapers.

Enrollment Policy

West Campus is a part of the Haggard Childcare Resources (HCR) University of Washington Childcare system which gives priority to those families affiliated with the University. Siblings of enrolled children have priority; when spaces are available, enrollment in West Campus is determined according to the following priorities:

  1. Permanent U.W. staff and faculty at 50% fte or greater
  2. All other U.W. employees (part time, hourly, instructors, affiliates)
  3. U.W. students
  4. State employees of other agencies

how to begin the enrollment process

1. Visit the University of Washington website and read about the child care programs available to students, staff and faculty. 

2. Complete a waitpool application and send it to the HCR Administrative Office. A fee of $25.00 per family must accompany your application in order to be placed on the waitpool. Returning the waitpool application and fee to HCR will put you on the master waitpool for all three University of Washington centers.

3. As space becomes available, you will be contacted to schedule a tour with the director of the program. Please keep in mind the length of time your name is on the waitpool is dependent on the time of year and the age of your child.

4. Once you have been contacted and toured the center, you need to decide to enroll or not. If you have any questions about the process, please contact the waitpoolcoordinator at 206-523-3936.

  Contact Us

University of Washington Children's Center at West Campus is located  at 3904 Cowlitz Road

 For more information please contact the onsite Program Director Kate Prugh at 206.548.9850

The University of Washington Children's Center at West Campus admission and hiring policies do not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, marital status, physical differences or sexual orientation.