From the Director:
Classroom Profiles: Infant Room (1 month to 12 months): The Infant Room provides a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere for infants to begin exploring their world. Each baby and their family is welcomed to the Center by two primary caregivers. Together, they work to meet the unique and individual needs of each child. Small Toddler Room (12 months to 22 months): As in the Infant Room, each small toddler has assigned caregivers and remains on his or her own sleeping schedule. The children explore taste, texture, smell, sounds and sight through field trips and activities such as painting, stacking, sorting, climbing, waterplay, music and outdoor play as they experience the world around them. Big Toddler Room (22 months to 34 months): The toddler's growing independence is the focus in this room. Activities include cooking and gardening, field trips, arts and crafts, imaginative outdoor and indoor play and regular library visits. We give children exposure to a collaborative team of caregivers in keeping with big toddler's increasing self-reliance. Preschool Room (34 months to 4 years): Our goal in the Preschool Room is to help children develop respect for themselves and others while experimenting and investigating at their own pace. Language, music, pre-math skills, science, art, reading readiness and practical life skills are taught. Field trips include well supervised visits to such places as the Children's Museum, Pike Place Market and the Woodland Park Zoo. Preschool also alternates weekly visits to the Downtown Public Library and Soundbridge, a program provided by the Seattle Symphony. Pre-Kindergarten Room (4 years to 6 years): Preparing for Kindergarten and beyond! The Pre-K class is led by a certified teacher and staff experienced in this older age group. Children learn at "centers" which focus on pre-reading, math skills, science and art. Social interaction and problem solving skills are also fostered. Weekly library visits and monthly field trips round out the curriculum.