In the late 1960's, groups from local churches recognized the growing need for childcare in the Puyallup valley. As a result, Puyallup Playcare Center opened in September 1968. The initial focus was to provide an enriching experience for the children of migrant farm workers as their parents worked in the fields each day. Volunteers would pick the children up at the fields, bring them to the center and return them in the afternoon. The center received non-profit status in October 1, 1968.
Over the past 46 years, Puyallup Playcare has evolved into a licensed child care center caring for children ages 2 1/2 through 12 years of age. The center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Our mission is to provide quality care to children and their families in an environment that is safe, healthy, nurturing and responsive.
We are licensed by the Department of Early Learning to care for 88 children on site at any given time. Approximately 115 are enrolled for full-time care on a minimum of two days per week. A staff of 20 full and part-time employees serve the children’s needs Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Our early learning program serves preschool children beginning at age 2 1/2. Children are grouped by age and enrolled a minimum of two days per week for full-time days. The curriculum in each classroom is theme based and offers developmentally appropriate activities. We strive to prepare children to be ready to learn when they reach kindergarten.
Our school-age program cares for children before and after school who attend Fruitland, Maplewood and Meeker elementary schools in the Puyallup School District. We transport to and from school in three 15 passenger vans.
Two meals and two snacks are served to the children each day. We are a participant in the USDA’s Child Nutrition Program. All meals and snacks are balanced according to the program’s guidelines. We attempt to serve fresh fruits and vegetables along with homemade dishes rather than prepared foods. We feel that this enables the children to perform at their highest level each day.
Puyallup Playcare Center would not be what it is today without our collaborations with community partners. They help us meet our mission daily through their resources and support. They include:
Washington State Deptartment of Early Learning
Puyallup United Methodist Church
Department of Social and Health Services
Bates Technical College
National Assn. For the Education of Young Children
Washington Assn. for the Education of Young Children
Pierce County Assn. for the Education of Young Children