About Us

History

The Fauntleroy Children’s Center was founded in 1977 by Dr. John (Jack) Pierce, who sought to provide local working families with high-quality, affordable childcare. We are a non-profit organization governed by the Fauntleroy Community Service Agency (FCSA) and supported by our Parents’ Advisory Board.

Accreditation

FCC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  NAEYC is the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators and administers the largest and most widely recognized national accreditation system for all types of early childhood schools and childcare centers.  FCC has been accredited by NAEYC since 1987, and was the first center in West Seattle to obtain this accreditation.

With support from the University of Washington, our Kindergarten Readiness (Satellites) classroom proudly features the Seeds of Empathy program, an innovative emotional literacy curriculum that fosters social and emotional competence and early literacy skills and attitudes.

Staff

Our professional staff is close-knit, devoted, and distinctively long-tenured. Our Executive Director, Kim Sheridan, has been with FCC for over 30 years and has seen FCC grow from a small preschool to the thriving early childhood education center it is today. A number of our teachers have been with FCC since its inception, and our staff even includes children of long-time teachers, as well as former students.

Facility

FCC is made up of eight classrooms licensed to serve 135 children ranging in age from one month to 12 years.

We are fortunate to call the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse our home. Built in 1917 in the heart of the Fauntleroy community, Fauntleroy School operated as an elementary school until it was closed in 1981. FCC moved to the Schoolhouse that fall, and 30 years later in 2010, our parent organization (the FCSA) received a grant to purchase the building and most of the surrounding property from the District. Today, the Fauntleroy Schoolhouse is a natural hub of the neighborhood. In addition to FCC, the Schoolhouse is home to Dance! West Seattle, Taproot School, the Hall at Fauntleroy, and several other small community businesses.

Our outdoor space spans much of the original school playground, and includes expansive play structures for each classroom, a large grassy field, and ample parking. Classrooms and playgrounds feature personalized touches hand-crafted by staff, parents, and volunteers. These, along with repurposed original fixtures from the Schoolhouse’s days as an elementary school come together to create a delightful and engaging home-away-from-home.

The Historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse.
The Historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse.

Mission and Curriculum

At FCC, our mission is to work in collaboration with the families we serve and the community to enrich each child’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth.

Our curriculum is based on the award-winning Creative Curriculum® for Preschool and incorporates assessment using Teaching Strategies GOLD®, the most widely used early childhood assessment system in the country. The assessment system is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of children’s development and learning from birth through kindergarten.

Classrooms are designed to facilitate children mastering Creative Curriculum® development objectives, and feature learning centers and play areas such as: science/sensory, blocks/pre-math, literacy, dramatic play, manipulative and hand-eye coordination, and creative art. These areas are utilized for both self-directed and teacher-initiated activities each day.

Our schedules vary depending on the classroom, but here is an example of how a child at FCC might spend their day:

7:00 AM School Opens, Free Play and Activities

8:00 AM Breakfast

8:30 AM Activity Time (music, stories, art)

10:00 AM Outdoor Time

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Nap

3:00 PM Wake Up, Snack

3:30 PM Circle Time (group activity or experience)

4:00 PM Outdoor Time

5:30 PM Free Play and Activities

6:00 PM School Closes

“I owe such a debt of gratitude to the teachers at FCC… thank you for teaching me the beauty of empathy in the classroom. It has changed who I am and how I parent.” – Rosemary