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Child Care Options During the Seattle Public Schools Strike

Godspeed, parents.

By Seattle Met Staff September 11, 2022

Fall's quintessential back-to-school season has become a mad scramble for many Seattle parents. Teachers from the Seattle Education Association authorized a strike, a day before what was to be the start of a new school year at Seattle Public Schools. Educators are asking for better pay, more manageable student-to-staff ratios, and additional resources for special education and multilingual services. 

The district and educators are now entering the second week of negotiations, and parents are left wondering what exactly to do with their children. Herein, some last-minute "strike camps" and child care options. We'll plan to update this list if the strike continues.


This kid-friendly cooking school still has some half-day spots available for its fall flavor festival camps the week of September 12–16. Sessions are for the morning and afternoon, and can be booked by the day or for the entire week.

Pinnacle Explorations

This environment-focused outdoor school pivoted perfectly, extending its summer day camps into strike camps. Slots for September 12–14 are already at waitlist levels, but more camps may be added if the strike extends past Wednesday.

Neo Art School

Thank the folks at Neo Art School for transforming their usual after-school programming into full-day art camps during the strike. Bonus: If you're an educator, your kids are free. To sign up, email them with the subject line "Strike Camp" and relevant details about your child and the days you wish to enroll.

Arena Sports

The Magnuson location of this indoor soccer org offered full-day camps last week and a morning session on September 12. It's still unknown if they plan to have any sort of offering on September 13 (or beyond).

Boys and Girls Clubs

Families already enrolled in Boys and Girls Clubs programs are in luck. The org is offering emergency all-day programming during the strike for a fee of $25 per child. Sites offering full-day care are Wallingford, Smilow Rainier Vista, Ballard, View Ridge, and North Seattle. If you're not already registered, you may still be in luck. The Rotary site is open to new families; register here.

Recreation Activity Hubs

The City of Seattle announced it would convert eight community centers into free recreation activity hubs, open from 9am to 5:30pm for ages 5–12, starting Monday, September 12. The locations are Alki, Ballard, Bitter Lake, Jefferson, Rainier Beach, Montlake, High Point, and Meadowbrook. Slots are already full, but keep this info handy in the "keeps getting worse" scenario of a strike extending beyond this week.

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