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Starbright Early Learning Center

607 SE Everett Mall Way, Suite 13
Everett, WA 98208

(425) 514-5972


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

We use an eclectic approach in teaching young children. Teachers act as guides with learning and play centers that are set up each day. There is some teacher-directed instruction including specialty teachers who come in to teach Spanish, Music, and Dance.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • tons of math manipulative and hands on materials
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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • 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 Spanish, Dance

From the Director:

Teachers work with children individually, in small groups and with large-group instruction. We meet NAEYC Academy criteria with instruction although we are not officially accredited.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We assess children formally twice a year and have parent teacher conferences to discuss appropriate goals and teaching objectives. Whether children are challenged in developmental areas or excelling we work with them to help them meet their greatest potential.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Welcome to Starbright Early Learning Center! Our early childhood program is established upon the belief that each child is a unique and bright star reaching for his or her greatest potential. Innocent, young children are trying to grasp how the world works. They are becoming independent individuals with a desire to communicate their experiences as they explore themselves and their surroundings.

Infants are learning to trust adults and know that the world is a safe and productive place.
Toddlers are learning basic self-help skills and rudimentary social skills. Preschoolers are preparing to learn to read, draw, and use simple logic, as they rejoice with each other at each new discovery and accomplishment. Kindergarten and school age children are learning to solve problems, establish basic skills in cognitive learning and share a compassion and respect for other children and adults.

Starbright emphasizes creativity, self-discipline, self-worth, and a positive attitude in dealing with life. What some perceive as mistakes or failures, we perceive as positive steps forward in the learning process. Children are constantly reminded of their beauty, intelligence, and uniqueness. Above all, emphasis is placed on promoting emotional security and happiness in each child.

Starbright supports the concept that children learn by playing. Playing is the child's work. Hands-on toys and educational materials are the "texts" of early childhood classrooms. We do not push or pressure children to perform the more academic skills. Instead, we supply the environment and professional guidance so that when children are ready, they have the resources to grow to their greatest capacity.

Many people in Washington state seem to think that children in early childhood education programs attend either "child care" or Montessori schools. This local misconception does an injustice to the growing field of early childhood. Young children who are enrolled in a quality educational program such as Starbright will receive the important nurturing and emotional support that is often associated with child care. However, at the same time they will be challenged in their cognitive development by knowledgeable teachers acquainted not only with Montessori teaching techniques, but also with many other newer methods. While Montessori curriculum is derived from Piaget's cognitive developmental theory, there has been a great deal of other more current and equally valid research conducted by theorists such as Erickson, Bronfenbrenner, Bandura, and Vygotsky.

Starbright offers an eclectic approach to teaching young children that does not rely on one theory alone. While the curriculum at Starbright offers educational activities that enhance both academic and artistic development, teachers understand the importance of developmentally appropriate teaching practices that precede teacher-directed methods found in elementary school. Starbright is not just a child care or only a Montessori school. It offers both the nurturing and the high quality education that all young children need to reach their greatest potential.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We have classroom newsletters, centerwide newsletters, phones in all classrooms for daily calls from parents, open house, parent education classes, formal parent-teacher conferences, open-door policy, social events, such as a Thanksgiving feast, Mother's Day social, and other celebrations, etc. Please visit our website for more details.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have special waving windows, parents may stay with children longer in the mornings, and conferences to discuss adjustment.