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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

Daily Routine

These are the typical components of our school day. Of course we remain flexible to the needs of our children and adapt accordingly. We want the day to run smoothly and without much stress.

FREE PLAY: Extended periods of uninterrupted free play are essential to a young child’s emotional and physical development. Children freely move about the space choosing from group activities such as legos and blocks, and independent projects such as watercolors, beading, reading and puzzles, etc.

CIRCLE TIME: This is a fun and dynamic time for the teacher to share a lesson about the theme of the month. (Ex. Oceans, Dinosaurs, insects) Through use of visuals, chanting and singing, and movement or dance, kids learn about a fascinating new topic.

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.


FLEXIBLE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME: We reserve this block for guest teachers, parents, and artists to come to our school. Our teachers may also use this time to prepare a seasonal craft, explore a science project, or work with small groups on more academically focused tasks.

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. We walk to the Rainer Community Center playground just 1 block away.

LUNCH: Students are asked to bring their own lunch. We encourage families to consider using reusable lunch containers when possible.

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



Materials: To create truely anti-bias classroom, the books we choose, the pictures we have on display or dolls we use, must represent the student body. We carefully screen books to ensure we are not perpetuating stereotypes of any racial groups, or creating harmful narratives through the storyline. Diverse faces can be seen in all the materials in our classroom.

Diverse Staff: At least once a week, we invite a guest teacher into the classroom. 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.

Service Projects: 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.

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.

We don't believe that true holistic education can be boiled down or generalized, and each of our lessons introduces a wide spectrum of learning. However, 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.