Kat’s Classroom Provides a Child Development Preschool in Yelm

By Jacob Dimond / jake@yelmonline.com
Posted 3/1/22

Catherine Duthie, the owner of Kat’s Classroom in Yelm, faced a similar problem last summer as many other parents in the area. Duthie had a tough time finding a preschool that was either open …

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Kat’s Classroom Provides a Child Development Preschool in Yelm

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Catherine Duthie, the owner of Kat’s Classroom in Yelm, faced a similar problem last summer as many other parents in the area. Duthie had a tough time finding a preschool that was either open during the pandemic or one that didn’t have a waiting list.

She eventually decided the best option was to open her own preschool, which she launched last August.

Kat’s Classroom offers half-day and full-day preschool to families in the area. They accept children between 2 and a half and 5 years old.

Duthie, who has a family of her own, wanted to create a preschool that was easily accessible to families.

“I have a large family myself and so we wanted to be really family friendly,” said Duthie.

Located at 10501 Creek St. SE in Yelm, Kat’s Classroom offers their program Monday through Friday. The large facility features several different playground classics.

“One of the really cool things about us is how big our building is. We’re over 3,000-square-feet, and that allows our kid to run around and have fun. Our facility also features two different climbing structures,” said Duthie.

When a family registers for the program, they can choose to enroll their child in either the half day or full day programs.

Three half day sessions a week cost $75, while four days cost $100, and five days cost $125. For three full days a week, it costs $150, while the price for four full days per week is $200, and five full days cost $250. Different options for payments are available, so families can choose to be billed once or twice a month.

Kat’s Classroom goes above and beyond a basic preschool, Duthie said, as they are focused on developing different skills in young children.

“Our kids here get to do a lot of activities through sensory play,” she said. “Whether it’s play dough, sand or other activities, these children can develop creativity and concepts through sensory play.”



The preschoolers also work in small groups with an assigned teacher who focuses on developing different social skills, like manners and treating others with respect.

“This allows us to get one-on-one time with the kids to help develop skills. Due to COVID-19, a lot of kids not only in Yelm, but across the globe had a lack of social interactions,” said Duthie. “We want to have these kids as prepared as possible for elementary school, both academically and socially.”

Duthie said on a typical day, the kids come in and participate in story time. They also sing songs while waiting in lines, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and days of the week.

Working in small groups has allowed Duthie and her employees to model and display good manners for the children. One of the most important takeaways Duthie wants her students to learn is showcasing the different tools they’ve learned when adults aren’t around.

“We focus on the silly things that people take for granted like lining up to wash hands, or being patient for lunch,” Duthie said. “This creates the skills for the children to use once they’re in elementary school.”

Duthie also gave credit to the six teachers that work at Kat’s Classroom. She said each teacher is important and plays a different role in helping the kids develop their skills.

Kat’s Classroom also actively participates in public events across town. They took part in a toy drive in December and different community events at the park.

For Duthie, it’s all about creating memories and preparing the young children to be as successful as they can be.

“The kids need interaction. They need to have these experiences while they’re young,” she said. “We want to assist the school district by helping these kids learn basic tools to be successful once they get to kindergarten.”

For more information about registration and classes at Kat’s Classroom, visit its website at katsclassroom.com.

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