Seattle Learning Center FAQs
What are the ages of children you accept?
SLC’s accepts children ages 12 months to 5 years old at our Queen Anne location and children 3-35 months at our Montlake location.
Are the children required to be potty trained before they start at the center?
No. We only ask parents to communicate with us when they start potty training their children so we can do the same at the Center.
What physical activities do you offer?
We offer music and movement, gymnastics, dance, and games. The schedule for these activities can change and vary throughout the year depending on the availability of teachers.
Do you go on field trips?
Yes. In the last couple of years, we went to the Center for Wooden Boats, Children’s Museum, Space Needle, Woodland Park Zoo, and Seattle Aquarium. Field trips are planned in advance and parents are informed ahead of time. In addition, we regularly go for neighborhood walks and visit local shops.
What discipline methods do you use?
At SLC, we use the Love and Logic method, 1-2-3 counting method, and the Gottman technique. Please check our blog (seattlelearningcenter.wordpress.com) to read the articles we have written about these methods.
What is your school philosophy?
SLC believes that exercise improves learning. That’s why we value physical fitness and being active at our school. Please read the article ‘How Can Exercise Improve Learning’ in our blog to learn more.
When does the school year start and end?
SLC’s full-day preschool program runs from September to August every year.
What are the tuition rates?
Our tuition rates are detailed here: http://seattlelearningcenter.com/enrollment/tuition-schedule/
What is the menu like and the cost of food?
We provide healthy snacks and meals at SLC. We serve breakfast, morning and afternoon snack and lunch. The cost of food is included in the monthly fees. Please email our School Administrator, Natasha, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a copy of a sample menu.
Do you have an outdoor area?
SLC has a small outdoor area onsite. Both our Queen Anne and Montlake locations are also within walking distance to a park. We take the children out for outdoor play and daily walks as long as the weather permits.
What is your child to staff ratio?
Our Montlake infant class has up to 7 infants and 2 full time teachers, as well as a part time assistant teacher. All of our toddler classes (1 at Montlake and 2 at Queen Anne) vary in size but have 4-5 children for every 1 teacher in each class. Our preschool class has up to 10 children and 2 teachers, and our Pre-K class has up to 14 students and 2 teachers.
What is your curriculum?
We prepare our children to succeed in school by creating an environment that fosters confidence, curiosity, intentionality, self-control, relatedness, capacity to communicate, and cooperativeness. We believe that school success requires understanding of other people’s feelings and viewpoints, cooperating with adults and peers, emotional self-control, and the ability to resolve conflicts constructively. This social and emotional school readiness is critical to successful kindergarten transition and success in the early grades. At SLC, we offer experiential play and opportunities to build relationships. Academics are never forced to our children because it gives them the impression that learning is a chore rather than something that derives naturally from curiosity and exploration. We focus on learning as a process rather than achievement.
How long have you been open? How many children come in a day?
SLC was established in Sep 2009. Our Queen Anne facility accommodates 37 children per day and our Montlake facility accommodates 21 children per day.
Who are the teachers and what are their qualifications?
All our lead-teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree and have experience teaching and working with children. They have also undergone a criminal records check, TB test, and fingerprinting. Our teachers and assistants are all trained in First Aid and CPR. More information on specific teachers is available here: http://seattlelearningcenter.com/about/teachers-and-staff/
How do parents get involved with the school?
Parents are welcome to come and volunteer to help at the Center anytime. SLC has an open door policy, and you can come anytime to see how your child is doing at the Center. Parents receive links to monthly pictures and newsletters. They also receive daily reports of their child’s progress in writing, and bi-annual child progress reports during parent teacher conferences.
For all other questions, please see the SLC Policies and Procedures and Parent Handbook or email our School Administrator, Natasha, at email@example.com