Readers' Choice Poll: What's Your Favorite Preschool in Redmond?

Your kids are too precious to choose a preschool without a lot of thought and research. Please share your experiences and tell us which one in town is your favorite.

Nothing is more precious than your children, and their formative years are so important. That's why choosing a preschool is a big decision, and there are many factors to consider: location, convenience, curriculum, philosophy, staff, schedule, cost.

There are plenty of preschools in Redmond to choose from, at least a dozen when you include those at various local churches: , , , ,  and more.

So please vote for your favorite in the poll below—which does not include all the spots in town—and please click on the links on our Patch Places directory here to find your favorite. Then leave a comment or a review. If you don't see your top spot, let us know in the comments box below.

Have a favorite in the next town over? Vote for the best preschool in  or  on our sister Patch sites.

Please remember to vote by 9 a.m. Friday. We'll announce the winner later in the day. In the event of a tie, we will break it based on the comments, so please explain your choice.


Because our poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results, comments and reviews on Patch Places. Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

Chalen Maarten March 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Oops, the "Patch Places directory" link is for Kirkland preschools.
Caitlin Moran March 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Thanks, C Maarten. This has been fixed.
Caitlin Moran March 05, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Don't forget to leave a comment explaining your choice! We'll use reader feedback to break a tie, if applicable.
Suzanne H March 05, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I love the community that comes with Redmond Parent Cooperative Preschool. The teachers are amazing! We are really enjoying our time there. Also: we still have a few spaces for the 2012/13 classes! :-)
Joanna March 05, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I've toured countless daycares and preschools in Vancouver, Canada and on the Eastside, and have found Sammamish Montessori School to be the best I've ever seen. My children have been going there since September, and I continue to be impressed by the Montessori teaching method and how it is reflected in how my children learn, communicate and react to various situations (I was very dubious about Montessori for many years). The overall "respect" they learn at SMS is truly amazing for a 5 and 3 year old! The school itself is clean, well-run and organized, but I think the teachers are the true stars. My son also spent a year at Farrel-McWhirter, and we loved that preschool too. But my vote for the best preschool with Redmond remains with Sammamish Montessori.
Caitlin Moran March 06, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Great input so far—keep the comments coming!
Sue Swanson March 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Kindercare at Redmond Way and E.Lake Sammamish. A small inviting, very well looked after facility. Classrooms are open and visible to the various classes so when your child is ready to be promoted, he has seen the room where he is going. Very parent oriented, daily written sheets, online communication. All in all, a happy cheerful place.
Lisa Seeley March 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Academy Hill Preschool is fabulous!
diane gintrhner March 07, 2012 at 07:23 PM
redmond outdoor preschool. A great preschool where the kids learn in an outdoor setting. Our grandaughter has become a steward of her enviroment and looks forward to spending time outdoors rain or shine!
Caitlin Moran March 07, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Thanks for the input, everyone. I've added Academy Hill, Kindercare and Redmond Outdoor to the poll. Please continue to leave your comments when selecting your favorite—the results are still neck and neck!
Susan Brockenbrough March 07, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Best Beginnings is so warm and caring. Their philosophy is well thought out and my daughter absolutely loves it. It is one of those places that makes you want to extoll its virtues from a mountaintop but not so loud that you couldn't get your kid into the next school year easily ;). It is also extremely well regarded at my local elementary by teachers and parents alike.
Maria M Stoodley March 08, 2012 at 12:54 AM
The Goddard preschool on Redmond Ridge is for me the #1 preschool. It's staff and teachers are just AMAZING! ... My 3 year old, looks forward to going there every morning. I have had the pleassure to visit and work with many preeschools all over and for me the Goddard preeschool met above and beyond all of my expectations.
Vanessa Michel March 08, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Our son had learned so much at Goddard School! The staff & teachers are amazing-they truly love what they do and it creates such an amazing learning environment for him. We couldn't have made a better choice!
JW March 08, 2012 at 07:09 AM
Shauna Barison and her staff at the Goddard School on Redmond Ridge not only provide me with peace of mind (I know my child is physically safe), but I also feel great leaving our child in their caring and nurturing hands. Our questions and concerns along the way are always addressed with a professional and caring attitude, and they treat each time as a chance to learn and improve. Our child enjoys his days there, and he is constantly coming home having learned something new. We totally recommend them to our friends and neighbors.
AA March 08, 2012 at 07:15 AM
I absolutely love the Goddard preschool in Redmond. All the teachers and staff know my kids by name and are so warm and caring. They put a lot of time and love into their planning. My kids love going to there and the communication between staff and teachers is excellent. They allow kids to learn at their own pace while challenging them when needed.
TazzyCanuck March 08, 2012 at 04:45 PM
My little guy has been going to Goddard since he was 3 months old. (He's 9 months now!) He smiles when he sees his teachers, as well as Shauna, Lynda, Brittany and Marion. They take the time to interact and know each child. The teachers take time to comminicate to us about our little guy's day...Miss Jazzmine, Miss Mandy and Miss Gabrielle are great and caring towered all the kids!!! They are constantly talking to them! In the 6 months that our little guy has been there, he has had a smile for everyone there!! It makes us feel like he is comfortable and cared for - physically and emotionally. Given that the kids in his class are such little people, the teachers take the time to help create activities that help each grow to their next developmental milestone. Goddard is great!!!
Amy Kilbreath March 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Redmond's Goddard School is simply amazing! I have sent both of my boys to this school and cannot believe how they have just blossomed - socially, emotionally and academically! My kids love this school and it's obvious how much the owners and staff are invested in each child's success. I would whole-heartedly and enthusiastically recommend Goddard School to any parent!
Ramya Samuel March 08, 2012 at 06:43 PM
My daughter goes to The Goddard school and I feel its simply the best.The teachers are so great that she cant wait to go to school every morning! -Ramya Samuel.
Ellie O March 08, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I love the family environment and wonderful teachers at Community Children's Center. My son will be in Kindergarten next year and is well prepared based on the teachers and support he has received.
SB March 09, 2012 at 07:38 AM
My daughter loves going to The Goddard School. She has been going there for two years and she learned so much - academically and socially. What she loves are her friends (they are thaught to share and cooperate and respect each other - no bullying allowed), her teachers (= no nosense, healthy boundaries and tons of support), her music and spanish classes and the playground. What I love is that the school is safe, clean, flexible, the staff maintains open communication and all the people my daughter comes into contact with are super supportive and vested in her success. Keep up the awesome job Goddard!


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