SIDC was first organized as an infant childcare center in November of 1979 by a group of downtown business people desiring high quality childcare in close proximity to their places of employment. Consistent since its inception, SIDC fosters the familial relationship and encourages parental involvement.
Since 1980, SIDC has continued to expand to include children up to six years of age with over 60 children enrolled across five different classrooms.
SIDC’s Mission is to:
- Provide a safe and supportive environment to all families who are entrusting SIDC with the care of their children.
- Address each childs individual physical, cognitive and emotional needs for the purpose of enhancing and nurturing positive self-esteem.
- Support and encourage open communication with and involvement by families in the care of their children.
- Provide a rewarding, educational and responsive working environment for committed and experienced staff.
- Address the specific childcare needs of the downtown community and share our knowledge with other centers.
- Child Ages:
- 6 weeks - 5 years
- Licenses & Accreditations:
- Washington State Department of Early Learning
- Children per Teacher:
- Infant: 3/1, Toddler: 5/1, Pre k: 7/1, Afterschool: 10/1
- Hours of Operation:
- Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
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SIDC provides a warm and caring environment to all families regardless of special needs, lifestyles, race, or religious beliefs.
To ensure high quality childcare, SIDCs philosophy rests on seven core principles:
- Each child is a unique individual with differing needs, rhythms and rates of development. Interaction with each child takes place in accordance with the childs own level of maturation and unique temperament.
- Children are naturally motivated to learn. SIDC emphasizes a safe and stimulating environment, filled with age-appropriate materials that encourage freedom of exploration and the development of competence.
- Children develop a sense of security by learning to trust. We therefore stress the importance of consistency and appropriate responses to the childs expressed needs.
- One of the prime ways children learn is through their interactions with the people around them. To this end we attempt to integrate children and staff of diverse backgrounds.
- The best group care setting for a childs development is one that closely models care given in the home and supports each childs primary caregivers, their parent(s). We work to accomplish this through close contact with parents and parent participation.
- Children develop a valuable self-concept when respect and consideration are used on a daily basis in interactions.
- Small group size, as well as low child-to-staff ratios, help encourage a warm loving environment.