In response to the local needs for child care, the University Temple United Methodist Church opened its doors to young children in 1970. The program quickly grew to meet the demands for care in the area, and by 1982 the school had outgrown the church’s capacity to oversee the school. Thus University Temple Children’s School (UTCS) became its own entity, with the goal of serving University of Washington students and faculty as well as families in the surrounding community. The school became one of the first independent non-profit childcares in the city.
In December of 1982, the school became one of the first agencies in the State of Washington to be licensed by the department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to serve children less than two years of age.
In October 1986, the center received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), one of only 137 centers nationwide to achieve this recognition.
UTCS today represents one of Seattle’s outstanding centers for early childhood development by virtue of its commitment to child-centered learning in a holistic, nurturing, and safe environment.