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CommuniKids Preschool DC

4719 Wisconsin Avenue
Washington, DC 20016

(202) 363-0133


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CommuniKids is a full immersion preschool in which all activities are carried out 100% in Spanish. Our goal is to have children who enter the program at 2 ½ years of age be able to do grade-level work in the target language when they enter school at five years of age. To achieve this goal, children will be in an environment designed to encourage discovery, independence, and social interaction. There will be a balance of child-initiated and teacher-facilitated activities. Activities will be developmentally appropriate and will include circle time, movement and music, art, language arts, and learning centers. The learning centers will include dramatic play, blocks and manipulatives, a reading and writing center, and sand and water play. CommuniKids Preschool is working towards earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At CommuniKids Preschool, our two guiding philosophies are full-immersion language learning and a play-based approach to early childhood education. Our goal is to provide the highest quality learning experience in a nurturing and fun environment. All of our teachers are native speakers with many years of experience teaching young children. Our teaching methods and curriculum are based on the latest research and on our many years of experience.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The play-based philosophy of education is supported by the majority of the research in early childhood education, and by child development experts such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children ( Play and socialization are critical to the healthy growth and development of children. As children play, they learn to solve problems and to get along with others. Play also allows for teachers to present children with new and varied information about the world around them in a meaningful and age appropriate way. Therefore, while our day has definite structure, many of our activities are child-driven. Our center has designated areas for dramatic play, arts, manipulatives, and reading areas. We also devote a period of time during the day to outdoor play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At CommuniKids Preschool, we deliberately keep our class sizes small in order to provide a language-rich environment for our children, allowing them ample opportunity to communicate with their peers and teachers in their target language and promoting its acquisition in the most natural way. Our faculty is made up of native Spanish speakers with an average 15 years of educational experience.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

CommuniKids Preschool seeks to lay the foundation for global citizenship in each of our students. Global citizenship is fostered by explicitly working on developing the values and disposition that allow for positive relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, developing an understanding of complex global issues, and an ability to speak multiple languages at an advanced level.

A Typical Day

9:00-9:15 Arrival: Centers in Classroom
9:15-9:45 Circle Time
9:45-10:00 Snack
10:00-10:40 Projects in Classroom / Instructional Activity
10:40-10:50 Bathroom Break
10:50-11:40 Outdoor Play
11:40-11:45 Bathroom / Handwashing Break
11:45-12:00 Reading Center
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-2:00 Nap / Quiet Time
2:00-2:10 Bathroom Break
2:10-2:40 Art / Instructional Activity
2:45-3:00 Circle Time / Closure of Day
3:00 Dismissal or Aftercare

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school is a community that relies on the skills and efforts of our families. Our General Parent Committee meets regularly to discuss ideas and suggestions for preschool improvement and submits reports to the CommuniKids Preschool Directors. The General Parent Committee is the organizing body for several subcommittees, including the Playground Committee, Social Committee, Welcome Committee, and Green Committee.

CommuniKids Preschool will send regular communication home to parents over the school year. Our administration will send an electronic newsletter once a month and email reminders for important events and information. Teachers will send regular communications reporting on your child’s progress, and there will be two parent-teacher conferences per school year. We maintain an open-door policy. Parents are encouraged and welcome to drop in to observe classes at any time. We also invite parents to participate in their children’s classes by giving presentations, reading, and attending celebrations.

We also depend on parents and family members to chaperone our field trips and to be present for special events. We happily welcome those who have special talents or abilities to visit us at school and share with the CommuniKids Preschool community. 

Many of our students come from English-speaking homes. This is not a hindrance to their progress. If English is your home language, you can reinforce what is being learned at CommuniKids by looking for books and music in Spanish. Many local DC area libraries have excellent collections of children’s materials in Spanish and French. If you or someone at home speaks Spanish (even if not fluently), use that language with your children even if only for a portion of your day. Every moment of exposure will help to strengthen their language skills.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions