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Wallingford Child Care Center

2115 N 42nd Street
Seattle, WA 98103

Phone:
(206) 632-3200

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We embrace a holistic approach to the care and education of young children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers observe and reflect regarding all children. Portfolios are created and maintained for all children to document their growth and development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Wallingford Child Care is committed to helping each child build a positive self image through his or her intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development and thus promote success and enjoyment of school, home and living in general.

We believe in teaching a multi-ethnic curriculum and we believe in a nonviolent environment. We are committed to exposing children to a variety of cultures in order to promote understanding and acceptance of ethnic differences. According with our belief in nonviolence, we teach children constructive ways to deal with negative emotions and conflict while supporting a growing vision of a world beyond war.

A Typical Day

Call to arrange for a tour of our wonderful program.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers observe and reflect regarding all children. Portfolios are created and maintained for all children to document their growth and development. Parent/teacher conferences are arranged at least one time per year.

The center publishes a monthly newsletter.

During the school year we contract for a parent educator from North Seattle Community College for 4 hours per month.

Curriculum is posted and each classroom records details of the day on a flip chart that is posted for parents.

Each January the center hosts a curriculum night. The center also hosts four family festivals per year: Chinese New Year, Center Birthday Party, Summer Picnic/Pre-K Graduation and Harvest Festival.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Orientation and scheduled classroom visits.