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Kirkland Preschool

802 2nd Street
Kirkland, WA 98033

(425) 822-4450


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Kirkland Preschool believes in active, hands-on learning for children, 3 years to 5-1/2 years old. We offer a wealth of developmentally appropriate activities designed to encourage social skills, personal confidence, and appropriate language, literacy, math, science, music and physical discoveries. Our teachers are quite skilled. Teachers and students alike love being together and learning together.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Most children in this age range learn from hands-on experiences, so we offer a wide array. Our younger students focus heavily on social learning. Our oldest students focus more on cognitive learning - but all is play-based.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Kirkland Preschool's teachers are amazingly observant and experienced. Any activity can be tailored to anyone's abilities & interest. We offer many approaches to all subjects just so we can appeal to each child's learning style.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our philosophy is, "Children Learn by Doing." With this in mind, a day at Kirkland Preschool actively involves your child in numerous social, art, music, science, and pre-kindergarten activities. Large and small muscle coordination activities, dramatic play situations, and field trips also are integral to our programs."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Children enjoy a mix of child-centered free time choices, which frequently and dramatically change, and also group-centered activities. We play outdoors or in our "rainy day" room every day, and we also take field trips.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We operate with each family taking turns assisting in their child's classroom, so there are many opportunities for parents to directly observe. We have before-school-year open houses. We send home monthly class communications & occassional all-school newsletters. We share our home phone numbers so families can call us any time. We are also available should any family or the staff asks for a conference.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer some free summer playdates at school so families can start feeling comfortable. In September, we have an evening parent meeeting so the adults can start to get acquainted. We also have short family visits so the children can get to know their teachers. Once school starts, if any child is still unsure of the situation, the director is available to help in that classroom. If a child is truly distraught, we enlist the family's help. We do understand children who are "observers" and who prefer lots of time to size up situations.