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Prescolar Alice Francis

7317 Seward Park Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

(206) 290-3483


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Honoring each child and approaching the day knowing that it is a mutual exchange of learning between the adults and the children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We don't particularly think in these terms. We view each child individually and try to know them as well as we can and support them in being joyful, engaged, present and connected to themselves, each other, the school and the larger community

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Prescolar Alice Francis is committed to providing a loving, stimulating, safe, and beautiful place for children to learn about themselves, others, their communities, and the larger world. Through the deliberate use of Spanish as our language of communication, we support children in connecting to what is already familiar within or in transcending boundaries that may otherwise exist. Grounded in a social justice and emergent curriculum, we have confidence in their innate wisdom to participate in social change and act as stewards of their environment in a way that is relevant and meaningful to them. All that we study is initiated from their interests and with the intention of nurturing their curiosity, sense of wonder, and positive sense of self and others.

Who is Alice Francis? Alice Francis (1938–1983) is Laura’s mother. Coming from a long line of school teachers, she was fluent in both Spanish and French. She raised her children with the value of speaking multiple languages as a way of connecting with and honoring others. In her final years of life she worked with immigrants and refugees and her endless commitment to social justice was imparted on a daily basis to her children. It is in her honor that Prescolar Alice Francis was created.

A Typical Day

play play play
gardening, yoga, art, dance, music, qigong, reading, field trips
All while speaking Spanish

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

-We do a home visit at the beginning of the year.
-We send daily emails after school with themes from the day and
-We often send photos.
-We do student conferences in December and we do an end of the year
write up in June.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

We do home visits. We have resources for the parents regarding separation. We support each family according to their needs