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Kaleidoscope Preschool and Child Care Center

The Mission of Kaleidoscope is to offer safe, affordable, consistent, high-quality Preschool and child care services while supporting the families of Orcas Island.

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Kaleidoscope Receives AED for Disaster Preparedness

November 15, 2016

Kaleidoscope Debuts New Playground

December 6, 2016

Kaleidoscope featured in Child Care Aware of WA Early Achievers Impact Video

December 6, 2016

BINGO Jackpot Winner Shares with Community

April 9, 2017

Letter to the Editor : Thank you United Way

April 12, 2017

Celebrating Early Learning for Island Kids

April 14, 2017

Provider Spotlight - Child Care Aware of Washington

April 22, 2017

A Little Boy and His Shower

November, 2018

Preschoolers Step Up

June 6, 2018

Kaleidoscope to offer full-time Forest School

August 6, 2019

DCYF Begins Licensing Outdoor Preschools

October 8, 2019

Kaleidoscope becomes first in the country to license outdoor preschool

November 14, 2019

Licensing Outdoor & Nature-Based Preschools, In Washington State and Beyond

November 2019

Washington Early Achievers Level 4!

December 2019

We are happy to announce that our rating through Early Achievers has come back and we received a level 4 rating! This rating is a long process, it took months of hard work. The scale is from 1 - 5 and thanks to the staff and families we were able to get that 4. All of you help to make Kaleidoscope great!

Kaleidoscope Purchases Land for Outdoor Education on Orcas Island Eastsound, WA 

August 27, 2021

– Kaleidoscope, a non-profit preschool and child care center on Orcas Island, recently purchased 7.4 acres of forested land to secure expanded access and permanent space for early childhood outdoor education programming.

In 2019, Kaleidoscope’s Forest School became Washington State's first fully licensed, full-time offsite outdoor preschool program. Since the onset of the pandemic, the already popular Forest School program has been in even higher demand. Kaleidoscope also offers more traditional infant and toddler programs in its building in Eastsound, as well as a hybrid preschool model combining traditional preschool with outdoor education experiences. Kaleidoscope currently serves approximately 70 Orcas Island families, 50% of which receive Working Connection, Early Childhood Education Initiative, or ECEAP funding assistance.

“After such a challenging year for our community, one bright light has been our ability to provide continued accessible and safe outdoor education to more than 42 preschoolers. We are so grateful to be in a position to ensure continuity of our programs with this purchase and to expand these opportunities to even more island kids,” shared Amber Paulsen, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope.

“Accessible early childhood education is paramount to a healthy workforce,” added Madden Surbaugh, Kaleidoscope Board President. “Our outdoor education program’s flexibility and safety during the pandemic has provided working families with the childcare they need as well as the education and life experience every child deserves. At a time of such uncertainty, we are seeing our students gaining invaluable confidence and resiliency through their outdoor experiences. Ensuring the longevity of this program while expanding its access is one of the top priorities of the Board.”

Plans are underway to construct a driveway and parking area on the new land along with primitive, temporary structures for hosting Forest School programs beginning in early 2022. The land purchase was made possible by utilizing a combination of the organization’s reserves, grant funding, and a private lender. The Board of Directors is assembling a committee to develop a long-term vision and strategy for the property, including a fundraising campaign to fully realize the potential for creating sustainable and accessible nature immersive experiences for young children on the island for generations to come.


Contact: Amber Paulsen [email protected] Phone: 360-376-2484


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Kaleidoscope Awarded Grant to Fund Outdoor Nature Based Program Expansions Orcas Island Eastsound, WA 

June 9th, 2022

Eastsound, WA (June 9, 2022) – Kaleidoscope, a non-profit preschool and childcare center on Orcas Island, was recently awarded a $700,000 grant by the Washington State Department of Commerce Early Learning Facilities grant program. The grant will bring critical financial resources into our community and support Kaleidoscope in funding the expansion and continuation of nature-based early childhood education on Orcas Island on land purchased in 2021. The grant process was competitive, with over 143 applicants. 69 facilities were awarded a total of $43.2 million across the state.

Now named “The Kaleidoscope Forest” the organization purchased the 7.4 acres of forested land at the corner of Orcas and Sunderland Roads last year to secure expanded access and permanent space for early childhood outdoor education programming which has previously occurred on leased or borrowed land.

Eventually, Kaleidoscope intends to host three Outdoor Nature Based (ONB) programs of 18 children each, plus additional after school programming at the new location. All will comply with Department of Children, Youth and Families ONB standards and meet licensing requirements. The first phase of the project, which is now underway, includes construction of a driveway and parking, secure fencing along the property, and primitive, rustic structures for storage, composting toilets, and classroom programming. The next phase will involve bringing in utilities and construction of a building to provide necessary supply storage, shelter, and facilities.

In 2019, Kaleidoscope’s Forest School became the first fully licensed, full-time offsite outdoor preschool program in the United States. Since the onset of the pandemic, the already popular Forest School program has been in even higher demand. Kaleidoscope also offers more traditional infant and toddler programs in its building in Eastsound, as well as a blended preschool model combining traditional preschool with outdoor education experiences. Kaleidoscope currently serves approximately 70 Orcas Island families, many of which receive Working Connection Child Care (WCCC), Early Childhood Education Initiative (ECEI), or Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) funding assistance.

The Kaleidoscope Board of Directors continues to develop its long-term vision and strategy for the property, including a fundraising campaign to fully realize the potential for creating sustainable and accessible nature immersive experiences for young children on the island for generations to come.– Kaleidoscope, a non-profit preschool and child care center on Orcas Island, recently purchased 7.4 acres of forested land to secure expanded access and permanent space for early childhood outdoor education programming.

In 2019, Kaleidoscope’s Forest School became Washington State's first fully licensed, full-time offsite outdoor preschool program. Since the onset of the pandemic, the already popular Forest School program has been in even higher demand. Kaleidoscope also offers more traditional infant and toddler programs in its building in Eastsound, as well as a hybrid preschool model combining traditional preschool with outdoor education experiences. Kaleidoscope currently serves approximately 70 Orcas Island families, 50% of which receive Working Connection, Early Childhood Education Initiative, or ECEAP funding assistance.

“After such a challenging year for our community, one bright light has been our ability to provide continued accessible and safe outdoor education to more than 42 preschoolers. We are so grateful to be in a position to ensure continuity of our programs with this purchase and to expand these opportunities to even more island kids,” shared Amber Paulsen, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope.

“Accessible early childhood education is paramount to a healthy workforce,” added Madden Surbaugh, Kaleidoscope Board President. “Our outdoor education program’s flexibility and safety during the pandemic has provided working families with the childcare they need as well as the education and life experience every child deserves. At a time of such uncertainty, we are seeing our students gaining invaluable confidence and resiliency through their outdoor experiences. Ensuring the longevity of this program while expanding its access is one of the top priorities of the Board.”

Plans are underway to construct a driveway and parking area on the new land along with primitive, temporary structures for hosting Forest School programs beginning in early 2022. The land purchase was made possible by utilizing a combination of the organization’s reserves, grant funding, and a private lender. The Board of Directors is assembling a committee to develop a long-term vision and strategy for the property, including a fundraising campaign to fully realize the potential for creating sustainable and accessible nature immersive experiences for young children on the island for generations to come.




Kaleidoscope Awarded Grant to Fund Outdoor Nature Based Program Expansions Orcas Island Eastsound, WA 

June 9th, 2022

Eastsound, WA (September 2022) – Kaleidoscope, was recently awarded a $20,000 from the WSDA Farm to School Purchasing Grant. This will help bring fresh and local produce and meats to children at Kaleidoscope.