Tolt Good Neighbor Preschool

***We are excited to open our new preschool this FALL! We are actively working with King County and WA State Health Guidelines for schools operating with COVID precautions.***


Tolt Preschool P.O. Box 447 Carnation, WA 98014 (Mailing)

Physical Address: 4851 Tolt Ave, Carnation, WA 98014


Our mission is to provide a caring and stimulating early childhood educational environment for children, ages 2.5-5 years. Our intimate classroom setting encourages children’s learning through hands-on experiences plus opportunities for multi-sensory exploration and discovery. We pull from a variety of curriculums and pedagogies to create a play-based learning environment.


Our preschool is sponsored by Tolt Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Our approach is to teach appreciation for world religions, celebrate the innate spiritual curiosity of children and promote care for all creation. Our pastors engage the children in a monthly chapel ritual.


4 days a week, Monday-Thursday


Ages 2.5-5 years in one mixed classroom

Small class size: 12 students, 2 teachers

Our preschool day involves a wide range of activities including group circle and story time, songs and music, individual learning center time activities, sensory activities, arts and crafts, gross and fine motor development, and active play time.

We are excited to get to know your child, building on their level and interests. We recognize the importance of cultivating social development and emotional intelligence for our children along with the academic and physical joys of early childhood education. We strive to provide a joy-filled environment where children can learn, play and grow.

Our play-based curriculum encourages curiosity, creativity, problem-solving skills, self-control and personal responsibility. We teach about care for all creation and appreciation for others. Our preschool is open to children of all races, nationalities and creeds.

TUITION and Fees

● Tuition $350 month (4 days a week, 3 hours includes snack)

● Additional Fees:

○ Registration/Enrollment deposit $100 annual per child (due at time of enrollment)

○ Program fees (art supplies etc) $50 per semester

○ Financial assistance may be available, inquire individually

Additional information on enrollment and payments:

● Tuition due by 1st of the month, with $25 late fee applied after 5th of the month

● 10% Discount for additional children in same family attending ($315 per child)

● Tuition payments can be made in cash, check, or Venmo


Registration Form

● Additional Forms will be sent to you once registration is confirmed including COVID GUIDELINES


We follow the Riverview School District schedule closing Christmas break, mid-winter break, spring break, national holidays.

Inclement Weather: We follow the Riverview School District for closures due to snow, flooding etc.


Our lead teacher, Debra Leone, brings almost 30 years teaching experience to our school. She began her vocation in church-basement preschools before moving to the Early Childhood realm of the Riverview School District. In addition to preschool, she has taught in special education classrooms and Peer Models inclusive classrooms.


Located in the heart of Carnation, we have three rooms for play and indoor learning. On rainy days, we can use the church basement if it is too wet outside to use the playground. The Carnation Library is directly across the street for easy field trips.


As we work to open our school in September, we are carefully considering the CDC and King County guidelines, along with the local school district to address health and safety requirements to operate during the COVID pandemic.

We follow the requirements for Washington State Certificate of Immunization Status (CIS).


Children do not need to be toilet-independent to attend. Families provide their own stash of diapers and wipes.


Excerpt from: “When I Play I Learn” by David Elkind, Former President of: National Association for the Education of Young Children

A child learns through play – in all ways, a truth adults do not always understand. Young children learn best by playing and following their own curiosities, by solving real problems, such as how to balance a stack of blocks, or how to negotiate a zipper, put together a picture puzzle, and most of all, by making mistakes and trying again.

For example:

When I Easel Paint I Learn:

● to develop my imagination and creativity

● to develop eye-hand coordination

● to distinguish and purposely create shapes

● to express my feeling and ideas

● that my ideas have value

● relationships of space and size

● concepts of symmetry, balance, and design