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The 2017-2018 School Year

We have openings in our 4 Day Sunbeam classroom. All other classrooms are full. Please call or email if you would like to be added to our wait list. Please provide your contact information, child’s name and date of birth.

The 2018-2019 School Year

If you are interested in receiving an email to remind you of our Open House, Tours and Registration dates for the 18-19 school year, please send an email with your name and child’s date of birth.

Our Caterpillar, Butterfly 3 Day and Sunbeam 4 and 5 Day classes are full with a wait list. We still have openings in our Butterfly 4 Day class.


Thank you for your interest in A Child Becomes Preschool. We have been serving the West Seattle community since 1989 offering part time preschool for students ages 2 ½ – 5 years old. Our academic year runs from September through June each year and closely follows the public school calendar, honoring national holidays and school breaks.

We register and enroll students beginning December 1st for the school year that begins the following September. Once classrooms are full, we begin wait lists. We do leverage this wait list each year– particularly through the spring and summer months — leading up to the start of the new school year. Occasionally, we have availability during the course of the school year. This information would be posted on our website.

The Application Process 

We understand that choosing a preschool for your child is a big decision. We encourage you to visit our school, meet our staff and explore the classroom!


We offer tours beginning in November for families interested in the 2018-2019 school year. Tour days are Tuesdays and Wednesdays while school is in session. We would love to provide you a look into our three classrooms and answer your questions. Tours are approximately 20 minutes. We limit time in the classroom to 5 minutes so as not to disturb the classes in session. Tours are for parents and guardians only. We ask that you do not bring your children or any siblings. We would love to meet your child and show her or him our school during our Open House.


We would love to show you our school! Drop by with your child or by yourself at either Open House below. Meet our Director, teachers, tour the school and our classrooms.

  • Monday, November 6, 2017 from 6-8 PM
  • Sunday, January 21, 2018 from 2-4 PM

No need to RSVP, hope to see you there!


We will post information about the West Seattle Preschool Fair when we have a date and time.


We begin accepting applications on December 1, 2017 at 9:00 AM for the school year that starts the following September and continue to accept submissions until the school year begins. Each application requires a $75 non-refundable fee and must be submitted through the Parent Portal. A link to the application will be available in the Parent Portal at this time.

Required steps:

  • Each family must set up a secure account on our website – one account per family. This requires your name and an email address. A temporary password will be emailed to you. We encourage you to change this upon logging in for the first time.
  • Once logged in, you must set up a Payment Profile with a credit or debit card. This card will be used for all school related charges including the fee for each submitted application. Setting up your payment card does NOT charge your card.
  • Once you have completed your Payment Profile, you will be able to fill out and submit an application. Upon submitting your application, the payment card on file will be charged $75.

We do our best to accommodate your classroom selection. If your first choice is not available, we place your child in the alternate available classroom unless you have indicated otherwise. Your child must be age eligible to enroll in each classroom. Your submission does not guarantee enrollment.

Friday, January 12, 2018 Early Registration – Applications due from currently enrolled and alumni families.
Friday, January 26, 2018 Enrollment Notifications – Notifications for enrollment (placement and wait list) are mailed out to all Early Registration applicants.
Friday, February 2, 2018 Close of First Round Open Enrollment – Applications due from new families for consideration in the first round of enrollment.
Friday, February 16, 2018 Enrollment Notifications – Notifications for enrollment (placement and wait list) are mailed out to all Open Enrollment applicants.

Applications received after Friday, February 2, 2018 will be considered on a first come, first served basis for any remaining openings in our classrooms. Notification will be mailed within two weeks.


As classes fill, a wait list for each class will be generated for pending applications. Please keep in mind that class lists can change dramatically between February and the start of school in September.  Please do not be discouraged if you are placed on a wait list.  You will be notified if and when a slot opens.

Class Assignment Process 

Applications are processed in the order in which they are received in three separate batches. Children must meet the Age Guidelines for the selected classroom.  In the case that there are more applicants then class slots, assignments for our initial enrollment will be made in the following priority:

  1. Early Registration – (Friday, 12/1/17  – Friday, 1/12/18)
    1. Currently enrolled students
    2. Siblings of currently enrolled students
    3. Siblings of previously enrolled students
  2. First Round Open Registration – (Friday, 12/1/17  – Friday, 2/2/18)
    1. New students
  3. Ongoing Open Registration – any application received after Friday, 2/2/18

Butterfly and Sunbeam class applicants who do not receive their preferred class will be placed in any remaining open class and also placed on a waiting list for their preferred class.


Each classroom, Caterpillars (ages 2 ½ – 3), Butterflies (ages 3 – 4) and Sunbeams (ages 4 – 5+) will follow the age requirements outlined below.  Children are developing and learning so quickly in these preschool years!  Grouping children of like ages allows our teachers to develop and focus the curriculum in way that best compliments the child’s stage of development and prepare them for the next year of learning. Our primary goal is to place students in the classroom that best suits their developmental needs which include social, emotional and cognitive.

Caterpillar Classroom AM only Must be 2 ½ years by Sept 1 of the incoming school year. No exceptions.
Butterfly Classroom AM only Must be 3 years by Sept 1 of the incoming school year.
Sunbeam Classroom AM/PM Must be 4 years by Sept 1 of the incoming school year.