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Small Faces Child Development Center

9250 14th Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98117

(206) 782-2611


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Small Faces we believe that play is the most important way children interact with their environment and create knowledge.

The staff of Small Faces is charged with facilitating, participating in, observing, documenting and reflecting on play. The presence of trained staff gives play an explicit purpose whose goal is to encourage the social-emotional, physical, creative and cognitive development of the children in our care. As a facilitator and participant in play, staff at Small Faces design rich environments and engage in activities with children, guiding and encouraging play without controlling it. The staff of Small Faces observes, documents and reflects upon children at play to better plan and design future elements of curriculum for both individuals and groups.

A Typical Day

7:30 - Arrival of children; free play
8:30 - Outside play
9:00 - Morning classes
10:00 - Snack
10:30 - Outside play
11:00 - Morning classes continue
12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - Nap time
3:00 - Snack
3:30 - Afternoon classes
5:30 - Clean-up; departures
6:00 - Close

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school