About Hilltop

Hilltop Children’s Center is an internationally recognized school and professional development institute of early learning in Seattle. Hilltop has been providing and promoting child-centered early education for children aged 2 to 10 for over 40 years. Drawing inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, Hilltop’s faculty engages daily in rigorous reflective practice – collaboratively designing curriculum and environment around the emerging interests and curiosities of children.

Hilltop is a place where . . .

  • Children are valued for their ability to do meaningful work, their sense of wonder and curiosity, their perspectives, and their ability to play.
  • Families are valued for their bonds and traditions, their ability to play, their commitment to work, home, and community, and their dreams for their children.
  • Staff are valued for their vision, their delight in children, their skill and knowledge, their commitment to families.

Hilltop is first and foremost, a center of inquiry – for children, families, faculty, and the field. Our educators are early learning professionals dedicated to celebrating the wonders of childhood alongside children, while also deepening their teaching practice with children through regular reflection and study.

Preschool student crafts an art project with a glue gun