Reveling in Childhood
We help children ages three to four happily and successfully transition from home life to school life with our innovative preschool approach. Following a daily rhythm well-suited to their natural development, our preschool helps young students begin to expand their social circle, enrich their imaginations, and expand their physical activities in a peaceful, nurturing environment.
Exploring Their Expanding World
Preschool at Eastside Community School is about reveling in both childhood and the world, with children spending ample time in and out of doors. Outside, they explore nature as they splash in puddles, marvel at budding daffodils, or run with the winds. Inside, they learn to play together, use toys made from natural materials, and enjoy homemade snacks to stay fueled for movement and fun.
Activities also mark the rhythm of the changing natural world throughout the year. In the fall, children might cut and cook apples for applesauce and make lanterns to lighten the growing darkness. In the spring, they might help prepare a snack using organic vegetables.
Regular parent evenings are held throughout the school year for parents to ask questions and share resources, and where we also explore the foundations of an early childhood experience inspired by Waldorf education. Private annual conferences offer parents time to discuss their child’s development in-depth with the teacher.
Class Sessions: Three-day (M, T, W) and five-day options available, with choice of morning program or extended day
School Hours: Morning program is 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.; Extended day is 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Ages: Three to four years old; children must be three by September 1 and potty trained
Class Size: Up to 8 children, 2 teachers
Food Provided: Yes
After-School Care: Available from dismissal time until 6:00 p.m.
Note: After-school care is available for extended day students. There is no after-school care for morning program students.
Open Houses, Tours and Admission Information
Open House and School Tour information is available on our Admissions page.