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Seattle Infant Development Center

1217 6th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone:
(206) 623-7200

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

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.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

SIDC's greatest asset is its warm, nurturing, caring and committed staff. Our head teachers have degrees in Early Childhood Education, or a related field, or possess substantial experience in child care and development. In fact, a majority of our staff have college or advanced training. We also have a registered nurse on staff who is supported by monthly visits from a consulting nurse. All staff receive continuing in-service training sponsored by the Center and all have up-to-date first aid and CPR training. The Center's ratio of Children to staff is lower than required by Washington State child care licensing regulations, offering the children generous amounts of individual attention. Staff turnover at SIDC is low, providing additional stability for your child's development. We value our caregivers and provide competitive compensation and benefits packages. Marna Towle, M.Ed., has served on the SIDC staff since 1981 and has been our Executive Director since 1990. (Excerpted from SIDC information pamphlet)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Warm, Nurturing, Caring and Committed.

The first years of life are filled with wondrous adventures and challenges for both children and parents. Our goal at SIDC is to be a support and a resource to the entire family. We believe that the best group setting for children is one that closely models care given at home. We accomplish this through close contact with parents, who are welcomed and encouraged to join us for daily visits, parent conferences, Center potlucks, room luncheons, and Board or committee involvement.

Our program addresses and respects the social, emotional, physical and cognitive needs of each individual child. We appreciate each child's uniqueness and delight in their growth. Our nurturing environment offers children the opportunity to experience success, learn self-help skills and build self-confidence. We empower children to use words rather than physical actions to solve social problems and to make good decisions. The children feel safe within clear boundaries and trusting relationships as they master independence and peer interaction. (Excerpted from SIDC information pamphlet)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our goal at SIDC is to be a support and a resource to the entire family. We believe that the best group setting for children is one that closely models care given at home. We accomplish this through close contact with parents, who are welcomed and encouraged to join us for daily visits, parent conferences, Center potlucks, room luncheons, and Board or committee involvement.

As SIDC is a nonprofit child care center and preschool, parental involvement is strongly encouraged. There are numerous ways to become involved in sustaining the health and stability of SIDC including board and commitee involvement and fundraising activities.

(Excerpted from SIDC information pamphlet)

(Excerpted from SIDC information pamphlet)

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school