History & Mission

SIDC was first organized as an infant childcare center in November of 1977 by Dee McQuesten, a woman on a mission desiring high quality childcare in close proximity to her place of employment. Consistent since its inception, SIDC fosters the familial relationship and encourages parental involvement. To learn about Dee’s incredible quest to start the first childcare center in downtown Seattle, please click here.

Since 1977, SIDC has continued to expand to include children up to six years of age with over 60 children enrolled across five different classrooms.

SIDC Values Are

  • Respect

  • Teamwork

  • Reliability

  • Integrity

  • Education

  • Communication

  • Community

SIDC Mission Statements

  1. SIDC works tirelessly to create a community where families, staff, and students treat each other with respect. We do this by constantly evolving, allowing for the integration of new ideas, and focusing on tolerance, compassion, and appreciation of our differences. Teamwork between these stakeholders allows us to collaborate and create culturally competent networks and partnerships.

  2. SIDC takes pride in our ability to instill reliability and integrity in our students by teaching them to be moral agents, active members of democracy, and responsible, fair, and altruistic problem-solving citizens of the future. Both our staff and our families are expected to role-model these behaviors for our students and one another.

  3. SIDC’s education is geared toward not only well-rounded academic skills, but also teaching life-long, independent and interpersonal skills. Our teachers, Early Education professionals, teach interdisciplinary knowledge, inquisitiveness, patience, exploration, autonomy and character-building. We strive to create opportunities for families to extend this learning at home.

  4. Our school represents a home-away-from-home for our families and we believe communication and cooperation in parent-school-community partnerships allow us to be the resilient, ever-growing, proactive and understanding Center it is today. We are actively working to serve and continue representing a diverse community of learners and provide a safe, warm, and supportive environment to all those with us.


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: 1977

  • Located inside Plymouth Church (if interested for more information on the Church, click here)

  • 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


  • Early Achievers

Spanish Language School

SIDC includes Spanish language learning as part of its program for all enrolled children. This weekly program is provided by The Spanish Language School, a local multi-lingual language school. Their goal is to create an environment where exposure to language is both natural and fun. Children acquire language best as they interact with people and play. The program is designed to include words and phrases that children want to use and is presented in multiple ways. During each class, children will be exposed to a rich language environment as the teacher covers functional language, vocabulary and conversation builders.

Learning a second language at an early age has a positive effect on intellectual growth, enriches and enhances a child’s mental development and leaves children with more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, a better ear for listening and a head start for language requirements in college. The thematic units and spiral methodology allow children to have repeat exposure to language functions with the context of new and interesting themes.

Normal Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday

  • 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM (Infant, Small Toddler and Big Toddler)

  • 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM (Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten)

Snow & Extreme Weather Closures

The SIDC Snow Closure Policy generally follows the same closure schedule as the Seattle Public Schools. Usually, the first day of a big snow, we will be closed. Most often, we are open the following day but open late and close early, unless weather conditions remain severe.