* * * * * IMPORTANT NOTICE * * * * *

Blazing Trails will be OPEN for full day care on October 13th. If you have a regular schedule on Fridays, you have a spot for this day. If you have a spot and you don't need it, please call the office as soon as possible to release your spot, so other children who would like to drop-in can use it.


* * * * * School Year Registration for 2017 - 2018 * * * * *

We are registring for our School Year 2017-18 Programs. Information and registration forms are posted on the "Registration" "Summer" and "School Year" program tabs (See left sidebar). There are waitlists for all afternoons for next school year. However, we do have openings in our before-school program. People do drop afternoon days, so if you need care be sure to sign up as soon as possible. We'll put you on our waitlist and will let you know as afternoons become available. Please, feel free to contact the Blazing Trails office with any quesitons or concerns.

When registering for the school-year: We have a schedule change for next year from Seattle Public Schools. All Wednesday afternoons will now have a 75 minute early dismissal. Prices for this are adjusted accordingly. Find more details on our School Year Reg Form or our School Year Flyer.

If your child will ride a bus to/from BT, please keep in mind that the only schools that currently bus to and from Blazing Trails at Pathifnder K-8 are Lafayette, Boren STEM K-8, and Fairmont Park. Here is a link to the SPS School Boundaries Map with more information. Please, check with Seattle Schools Transportation office at (206) 252-0900 with any busing related questions.

Our Yearly Schedule 2017-18 is linked below. (Any changes to this schedule will also be in our monthly newletters.) 17-18 Yearly Schedule - Download as PDF

Check out our Facebook page HERE
Note: You have to have a Facebook account to view the page and you can post on Blazing Trails' page when you "like" it.

Our monthly Newsletters can now be found HERE

The results of Blazing Trails Family Survey for 2017 are HERE
The results of Blazing Trails Kid's Survey for 2017 are HERE

Documents such as the Family Handbook 2017-18 are available to the left on the Documents tab.


Blazing Trails Childcare

Blazing Trails Childcare is Pathfinder K - 8 School's non-profit childcare program for school age children ages 5 to 12. We are open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM, excluding school hours. We also provide an enrichment program during the summer.

Our mission is to...

...provide staff and families a safe, diverse childcare environment dedicated to respectful communication, problem solving, creative learning and the freedom to play!

About our Program

Blazing Trails, located at Pathfinder  K-8 School in West Seattle, is a non-profit before and after school childcare program for school-age children ages five through twelve. We also offer a summer day camp enrichment program.
We are dedicated to supporting families in our community as we help each child develop good communication skills and celebrate his or her own uniqueness. We maintain an environment that encourages intellectual, physical and social growth with respect for others and the natural environment. People relate to each other peacefully and we joyfully appreciate our rich diversity.
Staff training is a crucial component to accomplishing our goals. We support our staff, both professionally and personally, through respect for each others' personal differences and unique teaching styles. We provide opportunities for shared leadership, professional growth and development and an environment that encourages mutual support and care.

Inclusion Policy

Our Statement of
Anti-discrimination, Anti-bias and Cultural Sensitivity

We foster an understanding of diversity among people, expecting and modeling unconditional respect for self and others. We enjoy celebrating and exploring our communitys' rich cultural diversity.

All children and their families are accepted according to our policies without regard to race, color, religion or belief structure, creed, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical challenges. We have no religious affiliation.


General Information

We'd like to know our community better. Please, take our quick, 8 question survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated!

"Getting To Know You Survey"
 We are open during the school year from 6:30 to 8:45 AM before school and 3:15 to 6:00 PM after school. Times may vary for bus riders. Next year (2017-18) school start and end times may change. Make sure you check with your school to varify. BT will follow Pathfinder K-8 start/end times, although some buses may leave as late as 9:00 AM.
 We are open all school days (except BT work days - see "School Year Calendar" for more information), all early dismissal days and only certain vacation days. (See the B.T. Yearly Schedule for more information.)
 We offer a drop-in option as space is available.
 Blazing Trails accepts DSHS, City and U.W. subsidies and has limited scholarships or work-trade opportunities at the Director's discretion.
 Our goal is to inspire positive self-esteem, respect for self and others and a sense of responsibility for one's own behavior, and a respectful caring for our environment.
 Parents/Guardians are always welcome to drop by to share their experiences or to just "hang out" and play with us!
 Blazing Trails is a non-profit organization with its own governing council and is run through Pathfinder's PTSA.
 Blazing Trails maintains, on average, at least an 11 to 1 student/teacher ratio, varying with different activity types. For example, more kids per teacher with gym/playground activities and less with directed projects. No group is ever larger than 15:1.
 We have use of the Pathfinder playground, grassy fields, cafeteria, gym facilities and covered play-court.
 We provide healthy snacks.
 Our curriculum is child-centered, culturally relevant and developmentally appropriate. Activities include, but are not limited to:
Movement games
sports and outdoor play
science discoveries
cooking
story reading and telling
community service
beading
sewing and other arts & crafts
table games
field trips during vacations
enrichment projects of all kinds (e.g. Pokémon, puppetry, team challenges, etc.)
and independent study.
 Independent Study is available M through Th afternoon to help 2nd through 6th graders with their homework. Students enjoy herbal tea while focusing in a quiet, supportive environment. You may request your child have mandatory attendance. Also, we can certainly accommodate those wanting more time.
 We follow Pathfinder K-8's schedule. Check SPS website: www.seattleschools.org for any schedule changes.

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