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Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center

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The Mission of Kaleidoscope is to offer safe, affordable, consistent, high-quality Preschool and child care services while supporting the families of Orcas Island.


See What People Are Saying

"Yay! I love this Kaleidoscope-Forest School collaboration!" -Mandy Randolph, parent

"Out in the Woods is the place for young folks to be! Great idea! They will learn to love the outdoors all their lives!" 

- Jim Holbert, grandparent

"So great. And partnerships can be so beneficial in our small community!" 

-Marlis Sandwith, community member

Outdoor Education at Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope has partnered with YMCA Camp Orkila to allow every Kaleidoscope Preschooler an outdoor education opportunity WEEKLY. We are proud to be the first licensed outdoor, nature-based preschool program by the Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families! - Click Here for more info  

We will take small groups on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-2 to experience “an inclusive, nature-based learning environment where children learn and grow through exploration.” Our Forest School teachers will guide us through an afternoon in the forest at Camp Orkila, where we will celebrate the wonder of the outdoors, through storytelling, exploring, campfires, “outhouses,” RAIN and more! 

Your child will be assigned a day (either Monday,  Tuesday or Thursday) that will carry through for the duration of the program. Nappers will miss their regular nap time so expect them to come home tired that day. All children will need: Rain boots (available at Island Hardware & Supply), Rain jackets and Layers (rain pants are also recommended). Puffy winter coats restrict mobility and may absorb water so are not recommended. If your child is not prepared for their Forest School Day, they will have to miss out. Please let us know if you need help acquiring these items. 

See regular updates on exciting things happening at Forest School on our Facebook Page! 

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