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Interlake Child Care and Learning Center

4927 Green Lake Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 632-6479


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Interlake's programs support the healthy development of the expressive, cooperative and problem solving skills children need to successfully function as social beings. Children are encouraged to constructively identify (to themselves, classmates and caregivers) their own feelings and needs, while also respecting the needs and feelings of others. This approach, which includes our anti-bias curriculum, endows children with lasting social skills, respect for others, healthy self-esteem and the formative experience of participation and pride in a community. (from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Interlake's philosophy of early childhood education embraces the notion that children develop best by exploring the world around them at their own pace. Our curriculum emphasizes individual creativity and positive social interactions, with the goal of broadening children's worldview and increasing their sense of accomplishment. Children guide the direction of their own learning while teachers carefully observe, guide when needed and support each child's development.

A Typical Day

Preschool Room Schedule **

7:30 Center opens. Children begin to arrive
7:30 – 8:35 Table activities/Small motor, Sensory, Literacy
8:35 Clean up time
8:45 Circle Time – songs, stories, games
9:00 Snack bell rings. All children line up on green wall to wash hands then sit at table. (Everyone sits at a table for the first 10 min.)
9:30 End of snack. Clear spots by raising hand and being excused by a teacher. Wash hands, line up, transition to downstairs and/or yard.
10:00 AM Choices: Upstairs/Downstairs/Outside
10:40 Clean up time
10:55 Split into Language Arts/Tribes groups
11:00 (Sept-May) Language Arts – developmental age based small group activities
(June-August) Tribes – Mixed ages, team building group activities
11:30 Clean up time
11:45 Meet on peace rug for “Special Story” or go out to yard
12:00 Lunch time
12:30 Start clearing tables. Kids that wear diapers/pull-ups go downstairs for potty practice and diaper changes
Potty-independent kids stay upstairs in reading area (except on Wednesday)
12:45 Story time and quiet choices
1:15-2:40 Naptime – downstairs and upstairs
2:40 Wake up begins
3:00 Kids do their own nap jobs then engage in activities downstairs and/or outside
3:30 Snack time
4:00 End of snack. Clear tables, go outside
4:30 PM choices: Upstairs/Downstairs/Outside
5:10 Clean up time
5:15 Circle time
5:30 Evening snack
5:45 Toddler Room for evening visit
6:00 Closing. Please be out of the center by 6pm. Thank you.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Interlake emulates the extended family model of care, which emphasizes the importance of relationships and allows children to join together with people of different ages, personalities and teaching styles. It also promotes peaceful conflict resolution and supports a close-knit community of parents, teachers and children.

We encourage parents to become part of the Interlake community through parent education seminars, summer camp-outs, evening socials, Parent Association sponsored-events, and many more fun activities.
(from website)


Separation is Handled through:

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