The Conference on Early Learning at the UW

June 3-5, 2010

Thursday: Late afternoon conference kick-off
Friday and Saturday: conference sessions continue
UW Tower  •  Seattle, Washington

Driving Directions

UW Tower is located at 4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE, Seattle

  • Main entrance at the corner of Brooklyn Ave. NE and NE 45th St.
  • Second entrance from parking garage via skybridge over 12th Ave. NE. Note: the parking garage is closed on Saturdays.
University of Washington Tower map

Traveling I-5 South — Take the 45th Street exit from I-5 (exit # 169.). At the traffic light at NE 45th Street turn left heading east (towards the main UW Seattle campus.) The UW Tower is about 5 blocks up on the right between 12th Ave. NE and Brooklyn Ave. NE.

Traveling I-5 North — Take the 45th Street exit from I-5 (exit # 169.) Get into the far right turn lane. At the traffic light turn right onto NE 45th Street heading east (towards the main UW Seattle campus.) The UW Tower is about 5 blocks up on the right between 12th Ave. NE and Brooklyn Ave. NE.


A car is not necessary for conference participants who will be staying in University area hotels. The recommended hotels are walking distance from the UW Tower or a shuttle is provided by the hotel. For participants who will be arriving by car, Parking for UW Tower is available on surrounding streets (Brooklyn, 43rd, 12th) or in University of Washington parking lots. UW Tower garage parking is not available to visitors in the evening or on weekends. Bicycle parking is available in front of the UW Tower, and major METRO bus routes run near the building.

UW Visitors Information Link with travel information and campus maps:

Seattle Weather

Summer temperatures in Seattle are generally mild. The average daytime high temperature in June is 69°F and the average nighttime low temperature is 52°F. National Weahter Service for Seattle, WA

Suggested Lodging

Please mention that you are attending a University of Washington conference and request the UW rate. This rate is subject to room availability.

University Inn
Phone: (206) 632-5055
Reservations: (800) 733-3855
Fax: (206) 547-4937
4140 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

102 rooms, AAA approved. Rates are for one person. Extra adults; add $10; children under 18 stay free with parents. Short walk west of University campus; free parking; breakfast buffet, afternoon snack, free local shuttle service (available by reservation); hotel wide wireless internet access and computer station in the lobby to check your email; non-smoking hotel; seasonal outdoor swimming pool & year-round spa; nearby shops and restaurants; free local calls; newly renovated hotel.

Watertown Hotel
Phone:(206) 826-4242
Reservations: (866) 944-4242
Fax: ( 206) 315-4242
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Short walk west of University campus; three miles from downtown and four blocks from the University of Washington; complimentary breakfast buffet; free parking; free local shuttle service (available by reservation); HBO, ESPN, and CNN; free parking and high speed cable internet access.

Silver Cloud Inn - University District
For online reservations go to
"Group or Corporate ID" is UWCONF
Phone: (206) 526-5200
Reservations: (800) 205-6940
Fax: (206) 522-1450
5036 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

179 rooms, AAA approved. Complimentary shuttle service to/from campus. Near University Village Shopping Mall. Facilities include indoor pool, spa, fitness center, guest laundry, free high speed wireless internet access, and free on-site parking. Refrigerators and microwaves in all rooms. Complimentary breakfast is included.

Hotel Deca (formerly University Tower Hotel)
Phone: (206) 634-2000
Reservations: (800) 899-0251
Fax: (206) 547-6029
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105

155 rooms, AAA approved. Fully renovated, panoramic views, short walk west of University of Washington campus, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, 100% non-smoking, Restaurant, lounge, and Tully's coffee shop onsite, complimentary parking for overnight guests, complimentary e-mail access available in lobby, in-room coffee, hairdryer, iron/board, data-ports, voicemail, cable TV with HBO, delivered newspapers, pay-per-view movies and Web TV, 24-hour fitness facility, onsite business center

Local Highlights

Ten things you can see and do in Seattle...

The Space Needle
Seattle Center, 400 Broad St.; 206.905.2100;
A 41-second elevator ride takes you up 520 feet to the observation deck of the Space Needle, built for the 1962 World's Fair. Enjoy a meal at SkyCity, the restaurant at the top that revolves 360

Pike Place Market
Between First Ave. and Western, from Pike to Virginia streets
Born in 1907, Seattle's Pike Place Market is the granddaddy of farmers' markets. Today, it's a major tourist attraction with 200 businesses operating year-round, 190 craftspeople and 120 farmer booths - plus street performers and musicians. Flowers by the bucketful, flying fish, fresh pastries and fruit, handmade cheeses, local honey, wine, an assortment of restaurants, import goods, antiques, collectibles and lots of surprises are around every corner.

Traveling by ferry is a state of mind as much as a means of transportation to some of the Puget Sound's most historic and scenic sites. Views of the Olympic and Cascade mountains, the Seattle cityscape and the green shorelines will draw you out onto the deck to feel the salt breeze on your face. The state ferry system takes passengers and their vehicles from Seattle and nearby departure points to Vashon Island, the Kitsap Peninsula, the San Juan Islands and Canada. For privately operated ferries, see the Sightseeing & Tours (page 35) and Visitors Services/Travel & Transportation (page 120) listings in this guide.

Seattle Aquarium
Meet Alki, the sea otter pup born at the Aquarium. Walk under the water in a glass dome as bluntnose sixgill sharks and other Elliott Bay creatures swim all around you. Touch a sea anemone. Learn about the lives of salmon at the world's first aquarium-based salmon ladder. Marvel at the impossibly bright-colored coral reef fish. And don't forget to wave to the giant Pacific octopus.

The Seattle Waterfront
Piers 52 to 70 on Alaskan Way
A bustling collection of attractions, restaurants and shopping, as well as starting points for ferries, cruise ships, the Victoria Clipper and Argosy boat tours are located here. Feed the seagulls at the statue of Ivar Haglund in front of Ivar's Acres of Clams, stroll by the fountains on the wooden piers of Waterfront Park, admire the view or shop for souvenirs.

Woodland Park Zoo
South Gate: 750 N. 50th St
See more than 1,000 animals of 300 different species, from elephants and gorillas to piranhas and penguins, in naturalistic exhibits at the Woodland Park Zoo. Drop by at scheduled feeding times and talk with the people who care for the animals.

Bill Speidel's Underground Tour
608 First Ave.
After the Great Seattle Fire of 1889, the city was rebuilt over the top of the ruins. This guided tour takes visitors through the hidden subterranean passages that once were the main roadways and storefronts of old downtown Seattle and tells stories of the frontier people who lived and worked there.

The Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Ave.
Designed by world-renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the award-winning glass and steel structure of the new Central Library makes the building seem a little off-kilter and translucent - allowing passersby on the street to look in.

Tillicum Village
Blake Island
A short, narrated cruise takes you to an island village, where you'll feast on salmon cooked in the authentic Native American way. A stage show of traditional dances and stories entertains and teaches you about the people who lived in the Northwest first.

Ride the Ducks of Seattle
516 Broad St, Seattle
206.441.DUCK (3825)
Tour Seattle by land and water on a WWII amphibious landing craft. This 90-minute adventure tour will have you "quacking up" through the streets of Seattle. You'll see the major sights of the Emerald City on land before you head out to the funky Fremont neighborhood where you'll splash into Lake Union.

Explore the online Visitors Guide for more attractions

Credit: Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau