Learn more about us as you meet our founder and director, Melodie Blair


My name is Melodie Blair. I am the founder and director of Village Learning, a family home child care located in the Renton Highlands. Creating for—and teaching—children is far more than a job for me; I would have to say that it is my life calling. In the greater sense, it is a shared responsibility of parenting, with every parent, for every child.

I hope you enjoy exploring our website as you learn more about us. Remember… each picture can say a thousand words, and there is much writing between the lines. I look forward to answering any questions you may have. Welcome to Village Learning.

How old does my child need to be? How much does it cost?

Village Learning accepts children 3 years of age and older. Our full-time program includes Garden Gate Preschool. Tuition for full-time child care is $1,690.00 per month.

Children dancing and playing
Teacher helps small girl learn to play golf

Who provides care and teaching at Village Learning?

Within a loving, nurturing, home environment that is devoted to the magic of childhood, you’ll find early learning at its best! Village Learning welcomes the kind of staff and volunteers who ask themselves at the end of each day, “What difference did I make in the life of this child, these children today?” We are here to make a difference!

Smiling girl in cowboy hat

Where are we located?

Village Learning is located in the Renton Highlands, within the Issaquah School District. We are nestled on acreage where the Red Tails soar, as they circle above, “known to the Native Americans as a sign of new vision.” We are surrounded by May Valley Park offering 54 acres of soft trails; offering a most private setting for children to explore, learn, and grow. It is often said, when a new family arrives, I drive by here every day and… “I had no idea this was here!”

What will you find indoors?

At Village Learning, you’ll find a child’s “wonderland” for children. The historic home is filled with custom designed and built old-world miniature furnishings where we offer extensive dramatic play to encourage role modeling and relationship building. You’ll find numerous barn and play house-styled shelves filled with baskets of manipulative toys, inviting little fingers to build, learn, and create. You’ll find a classroom filled with more advanced materials such as puzzles and games, a doll house and horse barn, numerous books and hands-on learning materials, all waiting to be explored. The art room overflows with everything from glitter to glue. For rainy days, we’ve got them covered! Our wrap-around porch offers a sand table, water table, a giant building table to assemble everything from magnet sets to marble runs, an adorable playhouse, tee pee’s to play in, and more!

Girls have tea party in a child's wonderland
Indoor art room overflows with everything from glitter to glue
Indoor play room has shelves filled with baskets of toys and books
Wrap-around porch has a playhouse, sand table, and building tables
Children play on the covered porch at Village Learning

What will you find outdoors?

Out of doors the children have what is like, “their own park!” It beckons them to come explore, play, and discover. They have their own village with a café, beauty salon, doctors’ office, and play school… and of course it comes stocked with all the supplies they could want to set up each area just they way they like it! You will find a theater and stage, their clubhouse tree fort, a riverboat sandbox, and swings galore! Every year they plant seeds to grow their own garden; surrounded by the chicken yard and coop, “more like an aviary!” The play yard is surrounded by the green pastures of our equestrian property, home to our three Morgans; a part of their natural horsemanship program, as well as their daily environment.

Welcome to Village Learning

Small girl shows off her basket of green beans
Children hang out in the Village Learning clubhouse
Girl kisses her favorite horse at First Love Farm
Children create and perform a play on their own outdoor stage
Now that you know a little more about us, we hope you’ll explore our website and learn how we bring the magic of childhood into each of our programs. Discover what children learn in circle time and how they take that learning into everything they do during their day, including free play. Read what parents say about us and how Village Learning has impacted their children. And, most of all, relax and enjoy the fun of being a child!

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