Schools and Childcare
At Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), we do everything possible to maintain a normal routine for young SCCA patients, their school-age family members, and the school-age children of adult patients.
Hutch School serves SCCA patients and family members who live too far from Seattle to attend their regular schools.
The teachers and staff of Hutch School work with each student’s parents and home school to understand the unique needs of each student, as well as coordinate credits and class requirements of older students. Hutch School staff members also recognize that students are experiencing a difficult time and need extra kindness, flexibility, and individual attention. There is a clinical social worker onsite to address the emotional needs of students. Hutch School is located at Pete Gross House. Patients can receive instruction through all phases of their treatment: in the hospital with Seattle Children’s teachers, and at home or at Hutch School with Hutch School teachers.
SCCA patients and family members in kindergarten through 12th grade are welcome to enroll at any time during the school year. Parents are encouraged to enroll children before arriving in Seattle. You can start the enrollment process by calling Hutch School at (206) 667-1400, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We know that the decision to relocate temporarily to Seattle can happen quite suddenly, so if you are unable to call or email in advance, the student can be enrolled after arriving in Seattle. SCCA social workers are available to help.
Seattle Children’s offers school services for patients. Learn more.
The playroom is a waiting area designed for children ages 10 and under, located on the fifth floor of SCCA. It is open Monday through Friday during clinic hours. For more information, call the Child Life specialist at (206) 288-7621. The playroom is not supervised by SCCA staff. Read about Child Life specialists.
Here are some childcare resources.
- Annie’s Nannies, (206) 784-8462. A professional nanny referral service. Ask for Annie Davis.
- Best Sitters, Inc., (206) 682-2556 or (425) 455-5533. Four-hour minimum required.
- Camp Korey, (425) 577-2084. A summer camp for children who battle life-threatening and critical illnesses located in Carnation, Washington (30 minutes from SCCA).
- Child Care Resources Seattle/North King County, (206) 329-1011. Referral line: (425) 865-9350. A childcare resource and referral agency serving King County, Washington. Scholarship programs are available in Renton, SeaTac, Kent, Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah, and Kirkland.
- Nanny Broker, Inc. - Judi Julin, RN. Seattle: (206) 624-1213; Eastside: (425) 392-5681. A professional nanny referral service.
- Seattle’s Child Newspaper. Includes information on children’s activities and resources. Pick up a free copy at public libraries or local stores.
- Seattle Pacific University - Office of Student Employment, (206) 281-2061, option 2. Patients and families may post their need for child care on the Student Employment website under "Off-Campus Employers."
- Tender Loving Care at Virginia Mason Hospital, 1201 Terry Avenue, (206) 583-6521. Daycare center for mildly ill children that is staffed by registered nurses.
Disclaimer: The above information is solely for the purpose of assisting SCCA patients and their families and caregivers with acclimating to Seattle. We do not endorse these services or products.