Proton Preschool

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Open House for the 2015-2016 School Year

JANUARY 31 | 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Proton Preschool is a new, STEM-based school year program of Pacific Science Center, held under the arches in downtown Seattle. The program is play-based and for children ages 3 to 5. At Proton Preschool, science is used as the ideal catalyst for discovery and stimulation. Weekly themes and daily activities are designed to meet the developmental needs of early learners, while inspiring curiosity, cultivating a love for learning, and teaching basic science concepts - all while utilizing the incredible resources that Pacific Science Center has to offer.

To learn more about Proton Preschool, download the Parent Handbook. If you have any questions about the program or enrollment, call (206) 443-2925.


Jan - June 2015 Session
Enrollment for the January - June 2015 session is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, submit a January 2015 applicationpdf.
Sept 2015 - June 2016 Session
To be considered for the 2015-16 school year, the 2015-2016 applicationpdf must be submitted online or postmarked by no later than 5 p.m. on February 16, 2015. 
Please note: To enroll in Proton Preschool, your child must be at least 3 years old and toilet-trained by the first day of school.

Program Details


Jan - June 2015 Session
The first session of Proton Preschool launches January 6, 2015 and runs through June 11, 2015, and will run from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sept 2015 - June 2016 Session
The first full school year session of Proton Preschool begins September 14, 2015 and runs through June 10, 2016.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday session:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday a.m. session:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Thursday p.m. session: 1– 4 p.m. 

Maximum class size for Proton Preschool is 14 students, with two educators in the class.


Jan - June 2015 Session
$1,375 for the January – June 2015 session

Full tuition payment is encouraged prior to the first day of preschool. Families may pay tuition in monthly installments of $275 per month via credit card. A $275 non-refundable deposit will be due when enrolling your child; this deposit covers your May/June tuition. 

Sept 2015 - June 2016 Session

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday session: $400/month or $3,600/year
  • Tuesday, Thursday a.m. session: $275/month or $2,475/year
  • Tuesday, Thursday p.m. session: $275/month or $2,475/year 

Learning Philosophy

Proton Preschool leverages science to facilitate powerful learning experiences through hands-on, play-based activities and investigations. We utilize scientific inquiry to develop children’s cognitive, social and emotional skills and provide them with engaging experiences designed to stimulate rich conversations with their surroundings and with each other. Our emphasis on cognitive and social experiences enhances each child’s lifelong learning skills while fostering respect for the world around them. 

Meet Our Early Childhood Educators

kate bioKate holds a Bachelor’s degree in humanities from Seattle University and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Washington. She has worked in a variety of public and private schools ranging from preschool to middle school over the past seven years. Kate has worked for Pacific Science Center in other education roles including Camps for Curious Minds and Weekend Programs educator. Kate is a lifelong lover of the Pacific Northwest, and her favorite spots include the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery and the view of Lake Washington with Mount Rainier in the background. Kate is excited to focus on STEM education and early literacy as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Pacific Science Center.
Pol bioPol is currently completing their Bachelor’s degree in environmental science and biology at Seattle University. They have worked for Pacific Science Center since summer 2014 with Camps for Curious Minds and Weekend Programs, but has been coming to Pacific Science Center since they were in preschool! Pol enjoys walking their little old dachshund around the city and dreaming of the day they can have their own vegetable garden. Pol is excited to help students discover a love of science and of learning as an Early Childhood Educator.