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Whittier Kids

1320 NW 75th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

(206) 782-2508


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Whittier Kids Preschool is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association located on the campus of Whittier Elementary. We are a licensed and accredited program serving children 3-5 years old. We offer full and half day classes with flexible scheduling options.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The most important goal of our preschool curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. We're teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We strive to instill good habits and attitudes, a positive sense of self, and a strong connection to our community which will make a difference throughout their lives. Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development, � Social: To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are a part of the group. � Emotional: To help children experience pride and self- confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life. � Cognitive: To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings. � Physical: To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do. The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

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
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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 In addition to emergent weekly learning themes and play based exploration; our program provides weekly play based and teacher led opportunities in children's yoga, music, and a social/emotional competency.

From the Director:

We believe that children learn best through their natural drive to play. Using play as a learning tool helps make the experience meaningful, relevant, and positive. These positive early learning experiences provide a solid foundation for motivation and success throughout their future years of learning. We also believe that the teacher plays a powerful and important role in play based learning. Our teachers use on-going observation and play based assessment to gather information on children's development. Teachers then use this information to plan appropriate lessons and environments.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All of our teachers are highly trained and educated. Teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree and complete a minimum of ten hours of additional training per year.

We provide a 7:1 child/teacher ratio which allows for more individualized teaching. Teachers also meet regularly to discuss the needs and progress of all of the children in their class. Lead teachers conduct parent teacher conferences at least twice annually to discuss children's progress and goals with parents.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission at Whittier Kids Preschool is to build a school community that is engaging, supportive and reflects the uniqueness of the individuals within. We strive to prepare children for success in school and life through methods that are fun and meaningful to our students. We also work to support the mission of the Phinney Neighborhood Association by fostering community connections and civic engagement.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation