The Denise Louie Education Center

Infant & Toddler

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A Great Early Education for Kids

Children enrolled at DLEC receive a high quality, developmentally appropriate early education. Our students attend a dynamic inclusive school. Multilingual teachers reinforce the languages kids speak at home as well as help them master English. Our curriculum includes literacy, math, and social-emotional skills so that all DLEC five-year-olds can enter kindergarten prepared and ready to learn and grow.

Classes average 7-8 for Infant rooms and 13-14 for Toddler rooms with a Lead Teacher and Teaching Assistant. Infants are fed on demand and feeding requirements will be discussed with the family. Toddler meals include breakfast/lunch/snacks. Menus follow Federal and State guidelines and are reviewed by our nutrition consultant.


Children at DLEC may attend a Child Care Extended Day program:

Child Care Program: Located in our Mercy Magnuson Place Early Learning Center. 6-10 hours of early education classrooms for children from 0-3 years old. Our child care slots are private pay option or child care subsidy.

Infant Eligibility: Children must be 3-12 months old by enrolment date.

Toddler Eligibility: Children must be between 1-2 years old by enrollment date.

Application: Once we receive your application, an enrollment staff will call to schedule an intake appointment in order to complete the application process.

Online Application
Application – PDF

Please Fax or Mail completed applications to:

    Fax: 206-767-2919
    Address: 5333 15th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98108

Along with:

  • Proof of Age
  • Proof of Family Income
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Childcare Voucher (for full-day programs)
  • Medical / Dental Insurance

For more information on tuition, eligibility and enrollment criteria, please contact the Enrollment Team at (206) 767-8223

    Enrollment Office
    5333 15th Ave. S.
    Seattle, WA 98108

Curriculum & Student Assessments

Denise Louie Education Center utilizes the Creative Curriculum, a play-based, experiential curriculum, the Anti-Bias Curriculum, and the Second Step anti-violence curriculum that teaches children problem-solving and social-emotional skills.

Each child has an individualized plan developed jointly with the parent that identifies outcomes in social-emotional development, literacy, language development, mathematics, physical health, science, creative arts, and approaches to learning. All Denise Louie Education Center classrooms develop a language plan to promote the reinforcement of the home languages of each child in the classroom.

Throughout the year, we assess our students’ progress using a variety of tools. We measure school readiness skills using Teaching Strategies Gold (TS Gold). TS Gold divides kindergarten readiness into the following domains: language, literacy, approaches to learning, cognition and general knowledge, social and emotional development and physical development and health, science, mathematics and artistic expression.

We also gauge children’s receptive English skills using the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT). CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) measures teacher-child interactions in the areas of Emotional Support, Classroom Organization, and Instructional Support.

  • Children in poverty show significantly lower levels of proficiency in key cognitive areas, starting as early as 9 months. As children in poverty grow older, the gap between poor and non-poor achievement levels quickly expand. High-quality early education is proven to shrink these gaps.

    U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2009). The Condition of Education 2009 (NCES 2009–081)