About Us

Welcome!  Thank you for your interest in The Children’s Garden.  We are excited to share information about our extraordinary school.

The Children’s Garden School is a pioneering program for early childhood education serving 2.5 to 6 year olds.  It was founded in 1977 by educators Bonnie V. Steussy and David Edfeldt.  In 1983 the school became a qualified 501(C)(3) non-profit organization.  The school’s masters-level teachers are members of NAEYC and the National Orff Association.

The school is located 20 miles east of Seattle, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in the charming community of Issaquah, Washington.  The Children’s Garden is situated in a park-like setting of natural woodlands, gardens, and hiking trails.  A charming wooden bridge spans a bubbling brook to a creatively designed storybook play yard.

What Makes The Children’s Garden Unique?

The Garden provides children with a rich curriculum and nurturing atmosphere that celebrates uniqueness, promotes self-esteem, and encourages cooperation based on mutual respect.  We offer parent education and encourage parents to actively participate in the school.

The admissions process begins in early January for the following school year.  If you have a child turning 3, 4 or 5 by December 31st and are interested in enrollment and visiting our school please call (425) 392-1563 after January 1st to schedule an appointment.  For specific enrollment information, please contact us.


We treat each student as both a unique individual and a caring, cooperative member of the group.  The purpose of our program is to support and encourage the child’s natural growth in a social environment:

  • Instilling a positive attitude toward self
  • Developing a love of learning
  • Respecting the rights of others
  • Joining in group play, problem solving and conflict resolution
  • Treating each child as a rich and powerful resource of ideas that can be communicated and shared in a constructive way
  • Taking responsibility for one’s own feelings and choices
  • Respecting and appreciating the natural environment