Preschool and DK

WNS Early Childhood Center Now Open!

Welcome to Westside Neighborhood School’s Early Childhood Center, a place where our youngest children are able to embrace their natural curiosity and drive to learn. Young children are powerful learners, driven to create theory, meaning, and to understand a complex and multi faceted world. At WNS’s Early Childhood Center, we scaffold this joyful exploration to take their learning ever deeper. Through rich open-ended experience and reflection, our young children will develop into resourceful, curious and resilient adults. I look forward to sharing our unique and magical school with you.
For 36 years, WNS has been a leader in K-8 Westside education. In 2017, WNS opens its new Early Childhood Center!
  • Full day program, Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 3:00pm with optional early and late pick-up available
  • Brand new state-of-the-art facility
  • Highly engaging indoor and outdoor classroom environments offering natural lighting and natural materials
  • Play-based, child-centered, social-constructivist curriculum
  • Highly trained, nurturing and dedicated early childhood educators
  • Project-based learning experiences reflect children’s passions and interests and provide opportunities for hands-on exploration, investigation, collaboration, and reflection
  • Children are viewed as innovators and protagonists in their own learning
  • Relationships to nature, physical knowledge opportunities, social-emotional development, and the arts are important aspects of the program
  • Exposure to Spanish as a second language is integrated age appropriately
  • Students accepted into the preschool will matriculate into the WNS K-8 program
  • Now accepting applications for children who are 2y 9m through 5 years old as of September 1, 2017


2y 9m by SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
DOB: December 1, 2015


3y 6m by SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
DOB: March 1, 2015

Sandpipers (DK)

4y 6m by SEPTEMBER 1, 2018

DOB: March 1, 2014

WNS Early Childhood Philosophy

WNS embraces a child-centered approach to education that strives to fully develop the potential of each student intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically. Our preschool program is play-based and rooted in social-constructivist philosophy, principles and practices. Simply stated, we learn better together. We believe learning is a collaborative process and that play IS learning. High quality early childhood education provides the foundation for lifelong learning. As a community of lifelong learners, we understand that knowledge is not individually constructed, but co-constructed. Skills which foster collaboration and communication develop in our social learning environment as we play, discover, and grow together. Immersed within our emergent curriculum, children have a variety of opportunities to express their ideas in many languages, including drawing, sculpting, painting, music making, movement, construction, dramatic play, and shadow play. Children are able to explore their differences and similarities in an atmosphere of respect where each child is encouraged to share their stories and listen to each other's voices. The environment is our "third teacher," offering a nurturing, home-like setting with natural materials, natural light, and indoor/outdoor classrooms. Opportunities are created for children to explore their natural world, inside and outside. Our preschool is filled with creative energy and caring spaces designed with children in mind.

WNS DK Information

Developmental Kindergarten Program (DK)
  • Full-day program with two classrooms.
  • Student to teacher ratio of 10:1.
  • Emphasis on children's social learning and their relationships with others.
  • Reggio-inspired coupled with a strong, developmentally appropriate foundation in math, language development, social and natural sciences and specialist classes, including art, music, Spanish, and physical education.
  • Visits and special classes taught by WNS specialists who teach Kindergarten.
  • DK students matriculate to our kindergarten program.
  • Buddy program with 7th graders.
  • Special PE time once a week in the “Big Gym.”
  • Get the best of both worlds! Children receive the academic and developmental benefits of being connected to a K-8 school. At the same time, as the oldest children on the preschool campus, the DK students build confidence and develop leadership skills that will serve as the foundation for a lifetime.
Looking for a way for you and your toddler to learn more about WNS before applying to the preschool program? Learn more about our Parent/Toddler program. The Parent/Toddler classes are a wonderful way to get to know the WNS community.