Behnke Preschool is a young school with an extremely low student-teacher ratio and highly qualified faculty, therefore the cost of operating is high and our needs are many. We rely on the generosity of members of our community, foundations, and corporations to provide funding beyond tuition to support our operations.


Wish List

Let us make some dreams come true, please look over this list and send one or two!  These are things we would love to add to our classroom but we need your help!

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We are pleased to partner with colleges and universities in the region who send their students to Behnke Preschool for internships and training.  Students who work in our classroom commit for 1-4 days/week for at least one quarter.  They all complete background checks and are closely supervised by professionals at HSDC both in and out of the classroom.

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About Ned Behnke

The work of Ned Behnke has a certain elegant silence.  Deaf from birth, Ned choose to express himself in the visual arts from an early age.  Ned received his Bachelor of Arts from Central Washington University and then graduated from the prestigious Rochester School, with an MFA.  He went on to teach the deaf students at Cornish College of the Arts.

Ned received many national fine arts awards; among them was a major public art commission, awarded by the King County Arts Commission for the Seattle Hearing and Deafness Center.  He exhibited his work widely, and was a prominent long-term artist with Foster/White Gallery.  Among his many exhibits, was a two person show at the Henry Art Museum.

His legacy of benevolence is honored throughout our community, with tributes to him at the Cornish College of the Arts and the Henry Art Museum.  The Northwest AIDS Foundation named their leadership award after him.  Ned was a beloved member of the Behnke family, who in 1996, established "The Neddy" an annual fellowship awarded to artists in this community in celebration of his life.

The Ned Behnke Speech Language Preschool is made possible by the vision and support of Sally Behnke and her Family and Friends.  Honoring the late Deaf artist and Sally's son Ned, his memory serves to inspire and educate "Ned's Kids" in this unique classroom.

Those who joined forces to build and operate this preschool include:

Sally Skinner Behnke
John & Shari Behnke
Carl & Renee Behnke
Nancy Nordhoff
David & Catherine Skinner
Charles Nordhoff
Grace Nordhoff
Carolyn Reid
Herb Bridge
Kate Webster
Jean McTavish
Jean Enersen

We thank them for their commitment to children and their education.