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The UW Children's Center at Harborview

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The UW Children's Center at Harborview is one of four University of Washington on-site childcare centers open year-round to provide on-site infant, toddler, and preschool care for UW families. The UW Children's Center at Harborview is located on the Harborview Medical Center campus and gives priority to University of Washington faculty and staff. The other three UW Children's Centers serve UW faculty, staff, and students.

The World at Their Fingertips


View Bright Horizons' Approach to Early Care and Education. Bright Horizons teaches "The World at Their Fingertips" learning program, which is a comprehensive, integrated approach that provides a framework for excellence in early care and education, while meeting the individual needs of each child enrolled in our centers. Learn more about "The World at Their Fingertips" program.


Staffing is one adult per three children. Teachers work in close partnership with parents to best meet their child's needs. Emphasis is on providing nurturing, secure relationships through play and one-on-one interaction. Attention will be given to individual schedules.
Staffing is one adult per four children. Nurturing relationships continue to be the focus for the toddlers as their developmental needs broaden to include more independent play.
Staffing is one adult per six children. As children move into the twos stage, close contact is maintained with their teachers. A wide variety of activities are available for twos' exploration. Children are encouraged to use all of their senses as they discover the world around them.
Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten
Staffing is one adult per 10 children. A strong emphasis is placed on cooperation, the development of social skills, and the building of positive self-esteem. Recognizing that children develop at their own pace, we create an environment that offers abundant activities to meet varying developmental needs. The curriculum includes both child- and teacher-directed activities.

General Information

The center is open from 6:00 a.m.—6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, year round with the exception of University of Washington holidays and two in-service training days. Closure dates will be posted each September.


The center provides two healthy, child-friendly snacks a day. Parents provide lunches, formula, and infant food. The center is a nut-safe center and requests no nut products be brought into the center.

Monthly Tuition

  Infants/Toddlers Twos Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten
5 Days $1608 $1422 $1169


All UW Children's Centers are fully enrolled at this time. Submit your applications as soon as possible. Applications are accepted even before your child is born. Download a Wait Pool Application now.

Wait Pool Policy

Registration Process


Note: Parents may elect to start sooner than the 30 days. However, after the 30 day window, if a parent elects not to start but wants the space held, the first month's tuition that has been paid for that month will be used.


  1. Siblings of children already enrolled at the center
  2. HMC/UW faculty and staff working 50% FTE or higher in a permanent position
  3. UW students

Payroll Deduction

Payroll deduction is available for families enrolled at University of Washington Children's Center at Harborview.


You may call 206-623-5760 to arrange a tour of the UW Children's Center at Harborview.

Bright Horizons

For More Information

The UW Children's Center at Harborview
Box 359972
601 Ninth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
voice: 206-623-5760
fax: 206-623-5761