Learning in Relationship

Emergent Curriculum

Leadership in Community

Organizational Integrity

Welcome to the Hilltop Community!

Welcome to Hilltop Children’s Center, a high quality preschool, afterschool program, and professional development institute of early learning and inquiry serving the Seattle community since 1971. Together, we are working with the next generation of inventors, leaders, thinkers, artists, and social activists.

Preschoolers enjoy the canal.

Family Tours

Hilltop offers monthly tours to those who are interested in attending Hilltop's preschool or after school program. Please visit our Tours page for more information or contact the Administrative Coordinator.

Big Kids spending time outside

Big Kids Summer Registration is Open!

Our Big Kids Summer program registration is open!  Week long sessions are available to all elementary school aged children.  Come join us for part or all of the summer as we explore our urban and natural world in new and creative ways!

In Defense of Failure

In Defense of Failure

In-depths are a perfect example of reflective practice enriching curriculum. The teacher must lead even though they don’t know where they are going. They supply the means, not the drive or the inspiration… The work done in a successful, engaging in-depth is recursive, just like writing. You write a little, think back, and then you write some more…

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If you have any questions, please call our office: 206-283-3100