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Prospect Enrichment Preschool

1919 E Prospect Street
Seattle, WA 98112

(206) 324-5230


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Love, nurturing and creativity are strongly in evidence in our classroom.

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
  • notebooks, photo albums, address books, receipt books, checkbooks, etc.
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • sorting table toys, counting games and songs, etc.
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
  • weather and season center
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • tape recorders, tapes, CDs, dance time, auto harp, piano, etc.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • melting trays for crayons, shaving cream for paint,, play-do and clay, etc.
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

From the Director:

We use the Creative Curriculum but employ emergent instruction when called for. We have a very creative atmosphere, with obvious joy and learning taking place.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every child is treated as an individual. We meet the children where they are and lend encouragement and support for their healthy development. We always have at least 1, and usually 2 volunteers in the room at all times who are professional early childcare workers (teachers, artists, therapists, etc.) and can do much 1-on-1 work where needed if a teacher is not available.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

All children deserve the opportunity to grow and learn in an enriching pre-K program regardless of race of ability to pay. Play, love and learning are fully at work here.

A Typical Day

A child is dropped off by our own bus and kids enter to enthusiasm and love. They have a circle time for stories and songs, free choice where many centers are offered and then small group where relationships and skills are the focus. We spend time outside or in our multi-purpose room and then have a hot lunch. All along the way the children are responsible for cleaning their spaces and taking care of each other. Teachers are there to help and encourage.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every Monday we send home a Newsletter and each parent/guardian gets a personal call or email once/wk. We have family night once/month and parent/teacher conferences every 3 months. We have a Family Resource Specialist that provides additional information that is available in the community for support. We are always available by phone or email.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have the families come to school twice before the first day of school. At this time the children meet the staff and get to go onto the bus and sit in the seats. We have all parents attend the first day of school and the first 2 days are short days. Teachers are very well trained and sensitive. We have an Assistant that pays particular attention to students that are having a hard time.