History & Mission

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 child’s 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.


SIDC provides a warm and caring environment to all families regardless of special needs, lifestyles, race, or religious beliefs.

To ensure high quality childcare, SIDC’s 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 child’s 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 child’s 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 child’s development is one that closely models care given in the home and supports each child’s 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.

Quick Facts

      • Founded in: 1979
      • Enrollment: 50+ Children
      • Full-time and part-time care provided
      • Ages served: 1 month through 5 years
      • Classrooms: Infant through Pre-Kindergarten
      • Faculty: Over 20 teachers, with an average of 8 years experience
      • Tax status: 501(c)3


      • Age appropriate classrooms
      • Partially shaded playground
      • On site kitchen – wholesome meals prepared daily
      • Exterior doors equipped with security keypads
      • 20-minute free parking in garage below the Center

Emergency Preparedness

SIDC conducts routine fire and earthquake drills with staff and children.

Since 1995, the Center has implemented a program focused exclusively on preparedness in the event of an earthquake emergency. The following highlights a few key components of the program:

      • Out-of-state sister childcare center. Non-effected place where parents can call to get information if local phone lines are down.
      • The Center retains on site emergency supplies and individualized 72-hour survival kits for every enrolled child, every staff member and several for visiting parents.
      • All classrooms have large furniture secured and shatterproof film applied to windows.

More information on SIDC emergency preparedness and procedures can be found for enrolled families in the SIDC families section.

Affiliations & Partnerships

    • Seattle Police Department
    • Member Child Care Directors Association of Greater Seattle
    • USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
    • Seattle Fire Department
    • STARS
    • Early Achievers