Mercer Slough Environmental Education CenterA partnership with the City of Bellevue, offering nature-based programs for all ages.
Polliwog Preschool is a play-based and multi-aged school year program for children 3-5* years old at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue. At Polliwog Preschool, nature is used as the ideal catalyst for discovery and stimulation. Seasonal themes and daily activities are designed to meet the developmental needs of early learners, while encouraging curiosity and fostering a love of nature and learning. To learn more about Polliwog Preschool, download the Polliwog Preschool Parent Handbook or call (425) 450-0207.
*Children must be at least age 3 and no older than age 4 by August 31 of the upcoming school year to enroll.
Visit Polliwog Preschool
We offer monthly tours of Polliwog Preschool on the first Monday of each month from 1-2 p.m., October through June. These tours will give you the opportunity to see our classroom, explore our grounds and ask the teachers questions. Please RSVP to Caroline Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend; drop-ins are welcome as well.
Upcoming Polliwog Preschool Tours:
- October 2, 2017
- November 6, 2017
- December 4, 2017
- February 5, 2018
- March 5, 2018
- April 2, 2018
- May 7, 2018
- June 4, 2018
Tour the classroom and Mercer Slough, meet the Polliwog Preschool teachers and learn more about the registration process. This year’s open house will be on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Email Caroline Cook at email@example.com for more information.
Children may enroll in one of the following sessions:
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 9 a.m. – noon
- Tuesday/Thursday: 9 a.m. – noon
- Tuesday/Thursday: 1 – 4 p.m.
Maximum class size for is 12 students, with two educators in each class.
- Tuesday/Thursday a.m. and p.m. sessions: $2,340/year or $260/month
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday session: $3,330/year or $370/month
Full tuition payment is encouraged prior to the first day of preschool. Families may also pay tuition in nine monthly installments via credit card or check. A non-refundable deposit in the amount of one month’s tuition is due when registering your child. The deposit will cover your May/June tuition.
GENERAL DAILY SCHEDULE
- 9-9:15 a.m. — Transition: Greet teachers and classmates, free play
- 9:15-9:30 a.m. — Morning Circle: Introduce the day’s theme, weather, calendar, sharing time
- 9:30-11 a.m. — Outdoor exploration, play on the trails (weather permitting), themed activities and nature study, then a snack
- 11-11:45 a.m. — Indoor extension activities: sensory, art, math and literacy stations
- 11:45 a.m.- noon — Closing Circle: Reflections, songs, stories
- Noon — Pick-up
Meet The Polliwog Preschool Educators
CAROLINE COOK – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Caroline loves jumping in mud puddles, holding millipedes, and sharing her love of nature with early learners. She came to Mercer Slough from North Carolina, where she worked at an outdoor after-school program, taught elementary students about barrier island ecology, and led guided hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from UNC Wilmington, and has worked at camps and environmental education centers for over 10 years.
ERICA CALHOUN – EARLY CHILDHOOD LEAD EDUCATOR
Erica is excited for her fourth year at Mercer Slough, and second as an educator in Polliwog Preschool. After earning a BA in Environmental Studies at McGill University, she moved to Seattle and made a career of messy jobs in education, teaching a toddler art program at Seattle ReCreative and marine science lessons for Pacific Marine Research. She is excited to see our preschoolers learn and grow throughout the year- working at the wetland park is always a muddy, fun-filled adventure!