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Location: 9822 SW Gorsuch Road
Phone: 206-463-5502
Office Hours: 10a.m. - 4p.m. Mon/Tues;
1 - 4p.m. Wed/Thurs/Fri              


Family Place Programs


Parents As Teachers (PAT) is a comprehensive early childhood home visiting program focused on fostering child development, parenting skills, and whole family well-being. Participating families receive monthly personal visits with age-appropriate activities for parents/caregivers and their children. Developmental screenings, group meetings and family events are included. More info here.


Weekly, drop-in playgroup for caregivers and children, ages birth to 5. Open play, facilitated activities such as songs, books, and art, and time for caregivers to connect. Free for everyone! Mondays from 10-11:30am. No registration necessary! More info here.


Join us for a weekly guided discussion group for parents on Thursday mornings from 10am -noon. Childcare is provided while you discuss your family’s needs and challenges with a group of supportive parents like you. Come every week, or stop in when you need some advice or support. Facilitated by Christine Wood.

Play'n'Chat is free for members. Guests pay $6-12, depending on income level. Childcare is included. Discounted punchards are available.


Family Place's baby box program is an innovative way for Vashon families to welcome new babies and support their parents.Our baby box is a gift of essential supplies and resources to give babies a safe start in life, including safe sleeping box with mattress and sheet, a sleep sack, washcloths, onesies, mittens, cap, parenting books, and more items from the Vashon community. Click here for more info.  Mas información.


We feel that self-care is an essential part of good parenting.  Take some time for yourself to have a night on the town or head home for a bath!  We offer skilled childcare on Friday and Saturday nights coinciding with fun Vashon events for children 30 months up to 8 years old. Lots of fun and age-appropriate educational activities included. We will list events we offer Parent’s Night Out on our Facebook page @vyfsfamilyplace and on this website.

Childcare is $5-12 per hour, depending on self-reported income level, for your first child and half price for each additional child.  Members and punchcard users receive a discount. 

Registrations received 24 hours in advance are guaranteed a spot if the program runs. You may try to reserve space later and we will let you know if there is room. We reserve the right to cancel if there are less than 3 children enrolled. Register here.


Want to work out or have tea with a friend? Or just grocery shop by yourself?! We have drop-in childcare hours from 9:30am-12:30pm on Fridays for children 30 months and older. No need to make a reservation. Just come on in!

Childcare is $6-12 per hour, depending on income level, for your first child and half price for each additional child.  Members and punchcard users receive a discount. Click here for prices.


Making Sense of Discipline
Time-out? Consequences? When dealing with children, parents and teachers often want to know what to do when. However, a larger context, including an understanding of the underlying emotions and instincts in a child, is of the utmost importance when considering how to impose order and teach responsibility. In this course, common discipline strategies are discussed in the context of what a child needs for healthy development, and attachment-safe and developmentally friendly discipline strategies are introduced.
October 7th-28th, 2019. More info and registration here

Making Sense of Anxiety
This class is oriented toward parents, teachers, and helping professionals to make sense of anxiety in the children in their care. The class not only helps one understand anxiety and its purpose, it also has solutions for how to respond in the most helpful way. This is a 5-part series. Upcoming dates TBA. More info here


This group is an opportunity for parents to get to know one another, learn and share parenting ideas, and get caffeinated! Meetings have a short parenting topic presented by the facilitator and parent educator, Christine Wood, as well as time for each person to check in and ask a parenting question if they choose to. Meetings are every Wednesday from 9:15-10:15 am in Room #330 (small district conference room) at Chautauqua Elementary School. This is an informal, drop-in group so come whenever it fits in your schedule.


Our playroom is open for Open Play from 10-4 on Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday and 12-4 Thursday. Get out of the house, out of the rain, and find some friends to play with in our well equipped playroom. Stop by sometime! Your first visit is free.

Open Play is free for members. After your first free visit, guests pay $6-12 per visit depending on income level. Discounted punchcards also available.


Family Place provides free and regular developmental screenings to island children between 1 month and 5.5 years old to help ensure they thrive and reach their full potential. We use the ASQ-3 and ASQ-SE developmental screening tools. These are screening tools and not diagnostic tools so children will not be diagnosed in any way. If any areas of concern show up in a screening, the staff member who administers the assessment will inform the parent/caregiver and give them appropriate tools, resources, or referrals.  Please call the Family Place with questions or to schedule your child's screening. 206-463-5502


Dad’s Meet-Up every 4th Thursday. At Family Place we strive to help Vashon parents build community and receive support through activities and playgroups. This group is for Family Place and Parents As Teachers members and facilitated by Kenny Alton. Non-members only $5.

Life with Baby: A Parent Meetup and Discussion Group. We’re excited to announce the start of a new “Life with Baby” parent and baby group at Family Place. Mothers and fathers of babies (pre-walking) are invited to bring their little ones for a time of sharing, asking questions, and learning about activities that support healthy development. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 11am to Noon and will be facilitated by our Parent Educator, Christine Wood, and Family Support Specialist, Mary Rose on alternate weeks. The group is FREE for Family Place members. ($5 drop-in fee for non-members).

Soon to be added: Caregiver/Grandparent Meet-Up