The Kids With An Edge preschool offers truly unique and powerful early learning programs.
Research has repeatedly shown that the preschool years critically impact the rest of a child’s life. When my children were young, I made the decision to leave working as an engineer and start a preschool where I could be sure my children received a strong foundation.
I wanted my children to always be happy, compassionate, creative, and curious learners who would be attracted to exploring new concepts and taking on new challenges.
All kids are incredible and they have these innate "superpowers" that allow them to view the world with a purity, a wonder, and an undaunted "let me try, my turn now" spirit. It is our job to make sure they never stop using these superpowers.
"The first five years have so much to do with how the remaining 80 turn out."
- Bill Gates, Sr., in reference to education
The preschool years are all about learning through play and playing to learn. At Kids With An Edge, our learning is through play with a purpose. Children learn while "chugging" around the room picking up different numbers of passengers. They learn by drawing "Mama A" and connecting her with "Baby a". They learn while singing, "5 little ducks went out to play..." or by becoming the "3 little monkeys jumping on the bed..."
Children feel empowered when the world comes alive to them in a new way... when they can read a STOP sign, when they know where to EXIT from, and when books become interesting stories instead of a collection of pictures.
Together, we will be amazed as we learn how a caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly and watch how a seed sprouts and pushes through the dirt.
Small class sizes allow us to meet each child exactly where they are in their journey and we are able to stay attuned to their unique interests and learning style.
Every aspect of a child's development is essential. The goal of our curriculum is that each child should have a happy heart and a healthy body along with a strong mind. Each child should feel confident in expressing their curiosity and creativity.
Children have so much potential. At Kids With and Edge, we want to provide them with every opportunity to discover and uncover that potential. The more they laugh, the more they learn and develop a lifelong love of learning!
"About 85 percent of the human brain develops in the first three years of life. During this crucial developmental time, young children form the “wiring” needed to think, communicate, move and form attachments with those around them. Children who have nurturing, healthy and supportive experiences in their early years are much better prepared to succeed in school and life." - Thrive Washington
“In states that make it a priority to educate our youngest children…studies show students grow up more likely to read and do math at grade level, graduate high school, hold a job, form more stable families of their own. We know this works. So let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind.”- Emphasizing the need for high-quality preschools, State of the Union, February 12, 2013
Seattle City Council
"DESPITE our best efforts, too many of our city’s children are not thriving in school. If we invest in our kids early, well before kindergarten, we can change this gloomy reality. Several long-term evaluations show that children who attend high-quality preschools are better prepared to enter kindergarten and learn." -Tim Burgess, The Seattle Times
Testimonials from when I first ran the program
“Your program is brilliant! The kids learn so much without even realizing it. Brandon is always eager to come to class. And I can rest assured that even though he is having so much fun, he is building a strong foundation.”
-Mother of Brandon A.
“I have tried other programs that make a lot of claims, but nothing compares to what you offer. I love how you give us such detailed feedback on Bradley’s progress and you teach him so much, but all through fun and games. I am already planning on sending my daughter here”
-Mother of Bradley H.
“Ha-eun barely spoke any English when she started preschool, but yet you taught her how to read so well that she developed a real love of reading and qualified for the Spectrum Honors Program when they tested her in Kindergarten!”