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First organic daycare in WA opens in Fremont

By master · January 28th, 2010 · 9 Comments

A new all-organic center for childcare and early learning recently opened in Fremont, and it’s believed to be the first facility of its kind in the state.  Our Beginning (123 NW 36th St) opened its doors on January 4 and its aim is to be green and organic with everything – from the paint that went on the walls to the food that goes into the kids’ bellies.  The daycare focuses on children 6 weeks to 5 years old and follows the Reggio Emilia approach to development and education.  Curriculum is based on the needs of the children enrolled there.  

King5 aired this story on Our Beginning yesterday: 

The daycare is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.  A full-time chef prepares and provides a fresh, organic breakfast, lunch and snack every day.  To find out more about enrollment procedures, click here

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 guest // Jan 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    We are in the process of considering full-time day care for our kids, and I have contacted about 10 very reputable facilities, and the fees at Our Beginning is $400 more per month than the most expensive place we’ve considered (and an average of $700 more) for our two kids. I love their philosophy and the organic foods, but $4800 – 8400 more per year is just too much to consider this place. I know that kids are precious, and if money were no object, I’d call them for sure.

  • 2 Mike // Jan 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    I am sorry but this is going tooo far. What is an Organic Daycare? Just trying to capitalize on parents whom will spend an extra 20% for the organic label?

  • 3 Name // Jan 29, 2010 at 12:52 am

    Maybe they are also Free Range! 😉

  • 4 super_v // Jan 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    For full-time care, it's significantly less expensive than one-on-one nanny care (for a great full-time nanny, paying taxes you would easily spend $40k ($15/hour + tax) to $48k ($15/hour + tax). And about on-par with a nanny-share and food for one child. Your fees for this care would be on-par with tuition at Merdian, Seattle County Day, etc.

    For four hours of preschool, we pay $668 for five days of preschool for one child and $559 for three days for the other at a Reggio Emelia approach school, that serves organic snacks and in a Craftsman house converted to a school, with two teachers who have Master's Degrees and an assistant teacher (kids bring their own lunch from home).

    Other things you can purchase for $1750 per month:
    – A vacation cabin or land for $225,000 (Zero-down, 6.5% interest)
    – 35 bottles of Vueve Cliquot
    – A sofa
    – Tuition for two students at the UW–and a few books to boot.

  • 5 ballarddad // Jan 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    FYI – the current market rate for nannies in Seattle is less than $15/hour. Before the recent economic downturn, we paid a fair amount more than that with nanny share and now we pay considerably less than $15/hour, even with taxes and not doing nanny share.

  • 6 super_v // Jan 29, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Just out of curiosity, what type of educational background does your nanny/nannies have? Of note, our nannies hired were circa 2004-2006. The nannies we've hired have had either an AA or BA in early childhood, education plus significant experience (so we can check references). So we've hired women who are usually over 25 and are more savvy about their skills, negotiating paid-vacation. We've paid the taxes (both employment as well as the employee's tax) which adds approx 15% + time off.

    The two babysitters we currently hire earn $15/hour. Again, they're younger professional woman, with day jobs outside childcare but with backgrounds as nannies or child care workers.

  • 7 ballarddad // Feb 17, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Our current nanny is working towards her master's degree in education – less than a year to go. Her mother runs a full-time daycare (and has since she was a child) so she is familiar with and well-versed in child care. She is above the age range you suggest. We do provide paid vacation and sick days. We pay all required employment taxes. Our current babysitter is paid about $12/hour and is a senior in college.

  • 8 guest // Jun 13, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I wish so badly this was available to me. My child loves her day care, but I hate thinking about all the processed and canned food she is consuming there. I wish they would help teach kids the importance of eating good, fresh foods, and I would be willing to pay more for it. Also, finding a day care that will work with cloth diapers is almost impossible. Most day cares require a doctor's note if you want to give your baby breast milk! I'm sure this idea isn't for everyone, but for some of us this is exactly what we've been waiting for.

  • 9 Ling // Dec 18, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Organic label = real food, free of pesticides and GMO’s, that is.

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