Welcome to Central Branch!

Central Branch is a preschool with classes for children from 2 to 5 years.


We are located in the Mount Baker Community Clubhouse at 3605 S. Mount Baker Blvd Seattle, WA 98144; telephone (206) 723-1187.

Our Mission

Our mission at Central Branch Preschool is to provide a high quality preschool program that encourages children to explore and learn in a setting which includes children of all races, ethnic backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels.


Early Learning for Urban Kids Since 1968

Central Branch Preschool was founded 44 years ago in 1968 by Pat Melgard and Marge Johnson. These two teachers from The Little School (now in Bellevue) wanted to start a Seattle branch to provide quality early education for urban children. Our original name, The Central Branch of The Little School, came from these roots.

Pat and Marge shared a common vision of wanting to reach out to children from a variety of backgrounds. They rented a large turn-of-the century house on Capitol Hill. With money from three family foundation grants, they set about converting the house into a place where children would play, grow, and learn together.

In September 1980, the school opened in its current home in the Mt. Baker Community Clubhouse. Its neighborhood is an attractive multiracial community with many young families. The building faces a tree-lined boulevard. Its yard allows climbing, running, and digging in sand and dirt. The Mt. Baker Park and beach offer wonderful opportunities to explore the natural world.

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