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!  Learn more here!

Becoming a School of Inquiry

Becoming a School of Inquiry

Sarah Felstiner has been thinking back on a few of the strongest memories that jump to mind in her 20 years at Hilltop, and reflecting on how much Hilltop has changed, in a very gradual way, from a traditional neighborhood preschool to an internationally recognized school of inquiry.

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Non-Discrimination Policy: We recognize, value, and promote diversity. Hilltop Children’s Center will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, political ideology, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. Hilltop Children’s Center acknowledges and protects the rights of children, families, and staff to their own culture and to the customs, beliefs, and practices that comprise that culture.

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