by: Maggie Wilson Updated: Nov 11, 2017 – 12:44 PM
A preschool inside a West Seattle nursing home brings together the old and young, teaching both.
The facility, built in 1924, is now more home than hospital. It moved away from a “medical model” and toward a “social” one. 
In 1991, the first classroom was established at the nursing home. It hosted 12 children. Now, in 2017, there are six classrooms, 125 children and a two-year wait list.
Even the intergenerational learning center’s founding was a shift to focus on family inclusion: a group of employees asked for on-site child care.
At the time, the elderly home was “lonely, isolated … a little depressing,” Susan Clark, public relations manager with Providence Mount St. Vincent, said. 
We wove through the yellow-lit hallways of the home. Packs of children played in groups, swinging feet over recently-frozen wood chips in the yard, stacking colored toys and sweeping them back …