Mercer Slough Environmental Education CenterA partnership with the City of Bellevue, offering nature-based programs for all ages.
Polliwog Preschool at Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center in Bellevue is a play-based and multi-aged school year program for children 3-5 years old. 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 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: $2,205/year or $245/month
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday session: $3,130/year or $350/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
AMANDA MINTZ – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Amanda joins Mercer Slough full-time after teaching 2nd grade for 2 years in the Bellevue School District. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and master’s degree in teaching from the University of Washington. Amanda has a broad array of experience with Pacific Science Center educational programming, including teaching with Science On Wheels, summer camps, and many years as the Weekend Programs Instructor here at Mercer Slough. She has also more than a decade of experience teaching toddlers and preschoolers. Amanda is thrilled to be combining her passions for the outdoors and teaching young children as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator at Mercer Slough.
CAROLINE COOK – EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Caroline comes to Mercer Slough from North Carolina, where she recently completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from UNC Wilmington. Prior to graduate school, she worked as an educator at several different places along the east coast, leading nature play at an outdoor afterschool, teaching fifth graders about barrier island ecology, and leading guided hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She’s especially excited to learn more about the wildlife and plants of the Pacific Northwest, and to spend time getting muddy in the slough. In her spare time, Caroline likes to hike, crochet, or read a good book.