Quality care when you're not there

The Delgardo husband and wife duo, have been pillars of the Rainier Beach and Skyway communities for over 30 years, and have left an indelible mark through their unwavering dedication to nurturing our youngest learners and their families. Their latest endeavor, Mars Early Learning Academy, embodies their passion for extending quality childcare and educational opportunities to the underserved. Focusing on children from birth to five years old, the academy offers a stimulating learning environment that fosters growth and development, making early education accessible to all. The Delgardos' tireless efforts and selfless actions serve as a shining example of their commitment to uplifting and empowering the youth of their beloved community.


Our Commitment to Early Childhood Education

MARS is an Dual Language (English/Spanish) Early Learning Academy that takes an approach to learning and development which incorporates areas of Mathematics, Arts, Reading (Literacy), and Science/Social Studies. Play is a fun and important part of children’s learning and development. Through our MARS activities children will:

• Ask questions, explore, and build skills and theories about their world

• Utilize problem solving skills individually and work with others to solve problems.

• Think creatively and critically to develop their imagination.

• Engage in what they are learning at their own pace.

Our mission: Is to provide a creative way to provide family engagement and work with children from 6 weeks through 5 years to prepare them for a successful transition to kindergarten. This early learning model is designed to address the educational needs for all students with a specialized emphasis towards students of color and students living in poverty. The enhancement model provides learning environments that foster pride in and knowledge about their culture, contributions and competence throughout history and the world for children.

Our Philosophy: We, at MARS Early Learning Academy are dedicated and committed to your children by providing exceptional education. It is our philosophy to focus on the needs of the individual child by providing a stimulating atmosphere for learning along with a secure loving environment. It is our belief that a school should be an extension of each child's family. Our teachers and parents are encouraged to work together to provide the love and support needed as your child reaches developmental milestones and his/her own personal achievements! We are passionate about education and providing our children with the tools to be successful in life.

Our Core Values:
- Caring: Children in our care are nurtured, encouraged and treated with compassion.
- Community: Our families share, build relationships and contribute to our Academy and our local community.
- Inclusion: We respect and embrace multiculturalism, diversity, difference and fairness.
- Quality: Our educators aim to build genuine connections with children, families, and community

All staff undergo a rigorous screening to make sure they are capable and qualified to teach your child.

Community Partners

Tod and Tara Leiweke

Tod and Tara Leiweke are distinguished figures within the Seattle community, whose contributions extend significantly within the professional sports sphere, notably with the Seattle Kraken organization.

STEMTAC Foundation

STEMTAC Foundation (SF) is dedicated to supporting STEM, Career Development, Leadership & Social Justice, Education & Training, Technology, Development & Entrepreneurship.

Northwest Black Pioneers

Was founded by O.L. Mitchell, Dr. Robert Gary Sr., Paul Mitchell, and Paul Buller to provide the greater Seattle community with educational programs and the opportunity to experience touring22 HBCU's with historical culture awareness to our young people.

Mona Bailey Academy

A 501(c)(3) non-profit educational service organization built on the legacy of its namesake’s illustrious career in public and private education.

Marc Joy Media

Marcus Joyner, the esteemed owner and Senior Project Manager at Marc Joy Media is a visionary artist known for his captivating Afrofuturistic Art.

Engageable Designs

Is a social good, social impact organization cultivating excitement and skills around math. Their mission is to create engaging learning experiences for students of all ages, especially in high-need, low-income schools

Providing Quality Education and Care for Children in Rainier Valley

At Mars Early Learning Academy, we are dedicated to providing a nurturing and educational environment for children. Our highly qualified staff has years of experience in early childhood education and is committed to helping each child reach their full potential.

of children at our academy have shown significant academic progress.
of our dedicated staff hold advanced degrees in early childhood education.

Meet Our Team

Get to know the passionate individuals behind Mars Early Learning Academy.

John Doe
Professional Development Consultant

John Doe
Kindergarten-Prep Instructional Assistant

John Doe
Lead Preschool/Kindergarten-Prep Teacher

John Doe
Preschool Instructional Assistant

John Doe
Lead Preschool Teacher

John Doe
Toddler Instructional Assistant

John Doe
Infant Instructional Assistant

John Doe
Lead Infant Teacher

John Doe
Executive Director

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Current Openings

Join our team and make a difference in children's lives.

Teacher Assistant

Assist lead teacher in implementing curriculum and managing classroom activities.

Full Time
Lead Teacher

Develop and implement age-appropriate lesson plans and activities for children.

Part Time
Administrative Assistant

Provide administrative support to the academy's management team.

Contract Position

Our Approach to Early Learning

At Mars Early Learning Academy, we believe in providing a nurturing and stimulating environment where children can thrive.

Teaching Methods and Curriculum Structure

Our dedicated team of educators utilizes a variety of teaching methods to cater to each child's unique learning style.

Child Development Philosophies

We follow a holistic approach to child development, focusing on their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth.

Recognized by top educational organizations for excellence in childcare

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Discover a nurturing environment for your child's early learning journey.