Alki Kid’s Place was founded in 2008 as a program of Alki United Church of Christ (Alki UCC). Our mission is to support working families by providing a variety of engaging and affordable activities for children in a caring and nurturing environment.

We believe that children should be able to pursue their own interests, explore new ventures, complete homework, relax, have fun, make friends, strengthen social ties and grow in spirit. We are committed to fostering healthy development by encouraging children to make choices, share ideas, care about/respect others and develop positive relationships.

Meet the Director:

Cynthia Barrientos, an accomplished educator with extensive experience in children’s programs, is the Director of Alki Kids Place.

A long-time West Seattle resident who lives in the heart of Alki, Cynthia began her career as an elementary classroom teacher in Auburn. She has also served as Director of Seattleā€™s K-12 Homeschool Resource Center and as Director of Extended Day Programs for Westside School, where she facilitated after-school activities. Most recently she served as school administrator for Alki UCC’s partner synagogue, Kol HaNeshamah.

As Director of Alki Kids Place, Cynthia says that she is “delighted with this opportunity to serve the West Seattle community.” She explains that her goal is “to ensure an inclusive, safe, creative and playful environment with an emphasis on mindfulness activities and environmental stewardship.”


As in past years, students from Alki Elementary School are met after school by AKP staff and escorted to walk the few blocks to Alki UCC.

Alki Kid’s Place does not provide transportation from other schools or locations. Parents may request bus transportation by calling the Seattle City School Transportation Department at 206.252.0900.