child Care Openings as of February 6, 2019:

There are no openings.

Please call to set-up an appointment

to add your name to the wait list.

teaching opportunities

Full Time Assistant Teacher position open.

Please see employment opportunities for

full job description and how to apply.


Our School

The Kids’ Place transforms the lives of young children through play in partnership with families and teachers.

Our History

Responding to a clear and pressing need in their community, employees of Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA started The Kids’ Place in 1985, establishing the school as a tax exempt non-profit organization. They began with a gift of $140 donated by the University Women’s Organization to pay the zoning fee. A yard sale garnered $110 allowing us to purchase used furniture and blocks. An alumni donor paid for the back fence and community grants contributed funds for playground equipment. Most importantly, volunteers and staff donated countless hours preparing the building Whitman College agreed to provide at a very low cost to be licensed by Washington State Department of Early Learning. As the years of success and struggle rolled on, it is this volunteer contribution which has made a significant impact not only for our facility and daily operations but also in making us a stronger, more pertinent organization. Today, the Kids Place serves 45 children between the ages of 18 months and five years in its original space, with a waiting list of nearly two children for every student enrolled.



Our Board of Directors

The volunteer board meets monthly.

  • Melinda Brennan, President

  • Nancy Tavelli, Vice President

  • Rick Claridge, Treasurer

  • Maggi Banderas

  • Terry Morgan

  • Jennifer Casper

  • Tom Glover