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Harvard Park Children's Learning Center

6477 North Lindeke Street
Spokane, WA 99208

(509) 327-8964


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At Harvard Park, we believe that every child is unique. While in our care, they'll be involved in enriching activities that are designed to have your child ready for Kindergarten and beyond!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We take a learning center apporach to our curriculum. We have time scheduled in our day for child directed and teacher directed activities. Our children go on weekly Field trips and do weekly cooking projects.

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
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
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 All curruculum areas are taught in our program. Each classroom incorporates sensory tables, Dramatic Play Area, and Practical Life Centers to help develop fine motor skills, and self help skills.

From the Director:

Using a learning center apporach allows the teachers to act as facilitator and interact with the children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We take a team teaching approach, therefore, each teacher is just as qualified as the next. If we find a child is needing help one way or another, we can pull from each other's experience and knowledge to make a plan of action to help the child. If the child need more than what we can offer, we will seek outside resources for the child and his/her family.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our philosophy is that children learn by doing, therefore we porvide a hands-on learning environment that allows children the opportunity to manipulate, explore, and learn. We believe that children must learn the process before they can master the product. We want children to successful, enthusiastic learners, and it is our goal that the children enrolled in our program to enter Kindergarten with the necessary tools for this to happen.

A Typical Day

9:00 Clean up and transition to Circle Time
9:10-9:25 Cirlce Time
9:30-10:30 Center Time (Art Project, learning centers open, Snack available until 10:00)
10:30 Clean up, transition outside
10:45-11:05 Outside Center (Our yard is broken up into specific areas designed to develop specific gross motor skills)
11:05-11:20 Big Toy is open (Large play structure for free play)
11:20 Clean up, transition inside
11:30 Small Circle Time (each teacher takes 1/2 the class and works on a specific task in a teacher directed activity.)
11:45 Lunch is Served
12:30 Transition to Rest Time
Pm Schedule repetes after rest time depending on the group your child is in.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are always welcome in class. Parents can be as involved as he/she is able. Each teacher makes sure to have some contact with the parent each day the child is in attendence. We have a curriculum guide for parents to take that lists thematic goals, developmental goals, field trips, cooking projects, and projects that will be going on in the classroom every two weeks. In addition, parents can call and talk to the teachers when ever they need to. Parents can call and talk to their children if the need arrises also.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We offer free trial days at no charge. Parents can come and stay with thier child or drop them off. This allows children to come in and "try it out" before they have to stay and helps them to feel more comfortable. There is always a staff memeber on hand to help any child say goodbye to parents. We have a waiving window where children can waive and watch their parents pull out of the driveway before heading to class. Of course, parents are encouraged to call and check on thier child to see how they are doing to help parents feel better about their anxiety as well!