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Our Program


Our Program

Basic Information

  • We are a part-time program, offering top quality early childhood education to students aged 30 months through the end of the Pre-K year. 
  • Our school year runs September through June, on weekdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm.
  • We follow the Seattle Public School System calendar for our breaks, holidays, first day, and last day.

Our curriculum


FREE PLAY: Extended periods of uninterrupted free play are essential to a young child’s emotional and physical development. We offer opportunities for free play and exploration throughout the day both indoors and out.

CIRCLE TIME: This is an important time for the teacher to connect with the children emotionally, and for the children to connect with each other. Our circle times are dynamic, fun times of singing, dancing, movement, and learning. In circle time your child will learn letters, numbers, and science in a fun, age-appropriate, engaging way.

SNACK TIME: We provide a mid-morning organic snack to our students.  Snacks are always vegetarian and nut free, with a vegan and gluten free option available.

POTTY: This is a necessary time to develop independence and learn about self care. Children are encouraged to complete all steps of going to the potty and to ask for help when needed. Children who are still learning are welcome and encouraged to keep trying in a supportive, loving environment.

LUNCH: Students are asked to bring their own lunch. Lunch can be provided on an as needed basis.

INSTRUCTIONAL PERIODS: This is a general term for a vast array of classes including gross motor work (dance, sports, yoga), fine motor work (drawing, building, scissors), academic work (science, language, social studies), and organized creative work.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: The importance of experiencing the world outside of the classroom is an integral part of successful education. This is a time to move our bodies, use our imaginations, and make connections to things we've learned under the roof.

ART: Each day, students will be given the opportunity to participate in an art project. We emphasize the process, experimentation, and joy of creating art (as opposed to the results). We will gain inspiration from our artist of the month and work with a variety of media.

STORYTIME: Our library consists of classics and stories with an emphasis on diverse experiences. We encourage and practice creative storytelling and imaginative thought. Creating worlds. Experiencing stories in those worlds. Extracting lessons from those stories. Applying those lessons to our lives.

REFLECTION: What did you learn today? What was your high point? What was your low point? What did you appreciate? How did you challenge yourself?


At Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, we promote an environment of diverse experience.

Tangibly, this means that the selection of books, art supplies, manipulatives, toys, and games is in constant rotation. This prevents our students from falling into habituated patterns, and allows for a wider array of cognitive input.

We have a steady flow of diverse guest teachers. These are working artists and local experts, people who are passionate, talented, and excited to impart the knowledge that they've gained through their own personal experience. Our guests vary in identity and culture, personality, history, and interest. They bring us music, science, art, social issues, and cultural enrichment.

Partnering with a local nonprofit each month, we organize and participate in projects that teach us the value of service and action, while directly helping a charity organization. We invite our families and greater community to join us in these projects.

A typical day:

  • Arrive and get settled
  • Free Play
  • Clean up
  • Circle Time
  • Snack
  • Instructional Periods
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Lunch
  • Reflection

At Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, we promote a wide range of social interactions through the mixing of age groups. This gives our students the chance to practice patience, gentleness, and leadership, while growing responsibility, trust, and communication skills. There are, of course, times when the groups are divided up for specific developmentally appropriate lessons as well. Our school stresses the importance of independence, one-on-one, small group, and large group social interaction. Our Student:Teacher ratio will be no greater than 8:1, and often rests at 6:1 or better.


Our Philosphy

Our Philosphy

Education for the whole child

At Columbia City Preschool of Arts and Culture, we don't subscribe to a predefined model of early childhood education. Each person is different, and experiences a differing set of needs, interests, talents, and challenges. We believe that children, like adults, have their own ideal balance of active and quiet time, of social input and independence, of abstract and straightforward thought. We aim to find and nurture that equilibrium in each of our students, fostering confidence, empathy, love of learning, physical and emotional health, and engagement in community.

Though we don't believe that true holistic education should be boiled down or generalized, and each of our lessons introduces a wide spectrum of learning, we've loosely defined four basic categories of education as a guideline for evaluation.


Creative Education: We introduce our students to a variety of ways to express themselves creatively: including music, visual art, and theater. We offer structured activities that engage and challenge through clear guidance, along with unstructured exercises that give the opportunity to enjoy and explore each medium with which we work.

Academic Education: We create an academically challenging environment that fosters a love for learning. Language, science, and early mathematical concepts are taught in a variety of ways: through group play, teacher interaction, and self-driven activity, to ensure that our graduates meet the highest standards of Kindergarten preparedness.

Physical Education: We ensure that your children are given ample opportunity to develop large and small motor skills.  We encourage trying new things and calculated risk-taking in safe and varied environments.

Socioemotional Education: We maintain an emotionally safe environment wherein children can be confident exploring their worlds and making mistakes. We teach emotional resilience by encouraging our students to recognize and reflect on their emotions and find solutions to the problems that they can solve. We commit to modeling respect to our students by how we speak to each other and present ourselves.