Pre-K students planting seeds in egg cartons

Children at the Center

Blake’s pre-kindergarten program is Reggio-inspired and grounded in the belief that respect for the child is paramount to a meaningful education. Teachers hold our youngest learners at the center of the educational experience. To be eligible for pre-kindergarten, children must be at least 4 years old by Sept. 1.

Pre-K students working with paste

The Power of Play

Hands-on or imaginative experiences, experimentation and play are the most powerful forms of learning for young children and are at the heart of Pre-K teaching and learning.

Pre-kindergarten classrooms are considered “the third teachers” at Blake. In these spaces, children are encouraged to make decisions about where to spend their time and what to explore. Classrooms are designed intentionally with books, activities and materials that promote autonomous learning through play. Children may work individually or in pairs and small groups.

Small class sizes mean teachers can carefully observe and interact with each student to learn their unique interests and needs. Teachers provide the scaffolding to help students reach the next level of learning while supporting early literacy, mathematical, scientific and critical thinking skills.

Extended Day

Complimentary morning care is available from 7:45 to 8:15am on a drop-in basis.

An afternoon extended day program is offered from 3:15 to 6pm in a warm, secure environment where children enjoy friendships across age groups. The day includes snack and a variety of free play and structured activities. Families may enroll students in one or more days per week.

Specialist Instruction

Throughout the course of a week, Pre-K students have the opportunity to engage in all of Blake’s Lower School specialist offerings including:
Spanish (2x per week)
Physical education (2x per week)
Engineering & programming
Library time

Daily Schedule

A pre-kindergarten student’s day is from 8:15am to noon with an optional afternoon program. Although every day can be slightly different, here’s what the typical day may hold:

7:45-8:15am: optional, complimentary care (with escort to classroom)
8:15-8:25am: Children and families play and greet each other
8:25-9am: Circle time
9-11am: Gross motor activity (either physical education class or outdoor exploration)
Independent exploration
Teacher-initiated experience
Small group work
Specialist instruction
11-11:30am: Storytime
11:30am-noon: Outdoor exploration or recess
(Noon dismissal from morning program)

Optional Afternoons

More than half of our families choose to have their child spend one or more days in our afternoon program in the Pre-K classroom with Pre-K faculty. Children may enroll for one or more days per week.

After recess: a 30-minute healthy lunch
Transition: includes a teacher read-aloud
Quiet rest time: Some children nap, while others listen to audio stories
Work choice: independent exploration or teacher-guided experiences
3:15pm dismissal: to either carpool, bus or extended day
3:15-6pm: Optional, fee-based extended day program

ELC News

Mortenson Construction team that won Innovation Award

The lead construction team for Blake's Early Learning Center (ELC) was recently recognized with an innovation award from Mortenson Construction.

Early Learning Center Groundbreaking Event

Sporting hardhats and clutching colorful ribbons, Blake’s class of 2035 led a procession to the site of the future Early Learning Center (ELC) for a groundbreaking celebration.

Pre-K students building was blocks

Students as Makers of Meaning

Students not only answer questions posed by adults, they construct their own questions and objectives. Teachers guide and challenge students as they develop an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the world.

Pre-K student walking on rocks

Outdoor Education

Teachers lead daily campus activities that encourage excitement about the natural world, sharpen observation skills, enhance problem-solving and connect knowledge to new experiences.