This is where it all begins...

Classroom Fun!

Beautiful Beginnings

Each day your little will enjoy Table Toy Time which includes small motor control activities and texture play emphasized by the use of water play, puzzles, lacing, numbers, magnets and more. Circle Time allows Littles to participate in storytelling, puppetry, and other creative drama and interactive imaginative adventures. Snack Time and Story Time lead us into Rotations inclusive of Guest Artists, sports, art, theater, dance, French, Spanish, and music!

At Sweet Pea Cottage's Preschool program we begin the journey of learning by celebrating natural curiosity with a close, nurturing environment. It’s here that your child begins to sow the seeds of habits that will continue for the rest of their educational life.

Worldwide Wonder

Our Littles discover they are part of a global family with roots throughout the world. Using our passports, we visit and celebrate all cultures, developing the value of emotional expression. Outdoor time is a priority for Sweet Pea. Our regular Nature Walks during Rotations are a lovely way for Littles to see nature in their local community. Using Science as our window, we explore weather, color, space, cause & effect as well as the cycles of life.

Take A Tour!

Classroom Fun!

After a fun filled day of learning and exploring Littles go home full of imagination, stories, and love. Parents will receive a Daily Journal from their teachers reflecting the exciting activities of the day!

Sweet Pea College

We have created an original program to specifically meet the needs of our four and five year old Preschool Students. Throughout the year there will be weekly learning objectives incorporated into new activities to progressively challenge the student in preparation for kindergarten. This program focuses on teaching positive peer interactions and important character building values such as honesty, friendship, and perseverance. Quarterly the child will consider some of the problems in our community and explore ways to help. The children will chart the problem and brainstorm solutions. Together we will plan a solution we can implement such as a food/clothing drive, recycling, fire safety, etc. Parental involvement in early childhood education is especially important. Periodically projects will be assigned that will be fun to complete at home. These projects will also be keepsakes for the years to come. Projects may include: “All About Me Collage”, “My Journal”, “My Phone Book”, “My Favorite Things” and more!

Classroom Goals for Your Child

  • Cultural Arts

    Our goal is to help your child understand and relate to the world around them by discovering their own unique voice. Free expression through music, theater and the visual arts is a necessary component to this journey.
  • Language Development + Listening and Speaking

    Our teachers offer classroom activities that promote language skills and encourage children to use their language as an effective means of communication and as a resource for self-expression. We strive to create opportunities for your child to converse with adults and peers about topics of personal interest, as well as discuss topics beyond direct, current experiences.
  • Health, Nutrition and Science

    Through practice and routine, we help students learn good health and hygienic habits. We also work to raise your child’s awareness of good nutrition.

How We Achieve These Goals

  • Student/Teacher Ratio

    The Washington State ratio is 1:10. We strive for a 1:8 ratio resulting in two teachers for 16 students in each classroom.
  • Sweet Pea College & Mixed Age Classrooms

    Sweet Pea Cottage believes in the mixed age classroom for children who are 2 ½ to 6 years of age. Studies have shown that children develop cognitively and socially through interaction with older and younger children.

    In the mixed age classroom friendship groupings can cross traditional age boundaries and younger children can often view older children as additional support in their learning environment.

    Sweet Pea College

    We have created an original program to specifically meet the needs of our 4 and 5 year old students. Sweet Pea College combines weekly learning objectives incorporated into new activities to progressively challenge the student in preparation for kindergarten. This program focuses on teaching positive peer interactions and important character building values such as honesty, friendship, and perseverance.

  • Communication with Parents

    We encourage ongoing communications between the staff and parents. Each day we will provide your child with a Daily Journal that summarizes their day by detailing activities, interests, and any challenges there might be.

    Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice each school year. Our teachers are also available to meet with parents as needed. We ask that you make an appointment at least one week in advance.
  • Sweet Pea Food Program

    We are very lucky to have a wonderful natural foods chef who prepares all of our fantastic meals! We want all of our students to eat food that they are familiar with at home while also having the opportunity to experience food from other cultures.

    Our snacks and lunches are normally aligned with our Passport Around the World program which brings littles to a new country or region each week. We serve organic food as much as possible and all of our meals are vegetarian and carefully balanced to have plenty of protein.

    Alternative options are always available for students who have dietary restrictions or allergies and parents can view weekly menus on our website.
Classroom Fun!

Preschool Admissions

  • Tours

    Get a firsthand look at our Sweet Pea Day and discover what we are all about!

    Take The Tour!

    We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our amazing Sweet Pea community! If you have any questions about enrollment or availability, please contact
  • Creating Your Schedule

    Sweet Pea Cottage offers packages from 2 to 5 days per week. (1 day/week packages are available for children over 4 years old on a case by case basis.)
    We customize each package based on what works best for your family. Available time sessions include:
    QUEEN ANNE 9am-1pm, 10am-2pm, 11am-3pm
    WEST SEATTLE 9am-1pm
    SAND POINT 9am-1pm

  • Requirements | Rolling Enrollment & Waitlist | Tuition Rates & Discounts

    Students must be 30 months – 6 years to attend Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool.
    Potty training is not required. Diapers are provided. We’ll help you with potty training when the time is right for your child.
    Within 30 days of your start date we require a copy of your child’s current immunization records* and a copy of your health insurance card.


    Enrollment is on an ongoing monthly basis as space becomes available. We have two major enrollment periods – in September for a Fall start and July for a Summer start.
    Space is dependent upon individual scheduling needs as Sweet Pea offers customized scheduling options. The greater your flexibility is in scheduling, the more likely it will be for us to find you a spot.

    In most cases we are able to notify waitlisted applicants by the 15th of the month if space is available for the upcoming month. Families are welcomed to call and check on the progress of an application at any time.


    Tuition ranges from $275 to $815 per month
    We offer sibling discounts and financial assistance!
    When you enroll a second child at Sweet Pea, you are eligible for a 15% sibling discount. (Note: 3rd child in a family is full price and 4th is eligible for the discount.) *Tuition rates are subject to change

Financial Assistance & Scholarship Funds

Sweet Pea Cottage (SPC) is dedicated to recognizing and emphasizing the inspiration, creativity and friendship that a community brings to a child’s life. SPC’s strong commitment to offering financial assistant to eligible families stems from the belief that every child should have access to an arts-based education regardless of financial limitations.

Financial assistance is awarded on the basis of financial need through the Sweet Pea Cottage Memorial Scholarship Fund. This enables us to continue to support the desires of Christy Duffy, a dedicated mother, friend and member of the Sweet Pea family and Miss Retha our beloved teacher, who both strongly believed in expanding every child’s world through the arts.

Sweet Pea accepts applications year round, the deadline for the upcoming year is May 4th annually, and scholarships are awarded shortly thereafter. Click below to apply for financial assistance.

Apply For Financial Assistance
  • Guidelines

    Scholarships are available for the 10-month school year program only and not for the summer months (July-August) or for any extracurricular programming. A scholarship award does not waive the non-refundable application fee. Scholarship recipients are not eligible for additional discounts that would normally apply to families paying full tuition. Financial assistance is awarded on the basis of financial need within the guidelines listed in the table below.

    Eligibility for financial assistance does NOT guarantee actual receipt of the scholarship. The total of scholarships granted is limited by the available funds in any given year. SPC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender or handicap in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, financial assistance programs or other administered programs.

    Number of Weekly Days Awarded based on Family Size & Household Income

    Number of Children 1 Day/Week 2 Days/Week 3 Days/Week
    1 $60,000 – $69,999 $50,000 – $59,999 $40,000 – $49,999
    2 $70,000 – $79,999 $60,000 – $69,999 $50,000 – $59,999
    3 $80,000 – $89,999 $70,000 – $79,999 $60,000 – $69,999
    4 $90,000 – $99,999 $80,000 – $89,999 $70,000 – $79,999
  • Confidentiality

    All scholarship information, including names of applicants and all financial information is confidential. Only those determining scholarship eligibility, reporting on program use and effectiveness, maintaining program records or who are responsible for review of the scholarship program have access to personal scholarship and financial information.