Little Acorn Inc is owned and operated by Tiana Traylor. Both the day school and the Sprouts Program are licensed by the State of Washington, DSHS, and meet and/or exceed all health and safety standards as required by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
We, at Little Acorn, use a team-teaching approach and are very fortunate to have qualified and well educated staff. Each year staff attend workshops and classes to further their knowledge of early childhood education and care. most importantly, they maintain a strong commitment to offering the highest quality loving care and education to students.
Our mission is to provide excellence in education and loving care, while building confidence, competence, and creativity in an environment that is safe, loving, encouraging, peaceful, stimulating, and beautiful.
When you visit Little Acorn, you will find engaged and happy children who are led by a team of professional, loving, devoted, and highly skilled teachers, with years of experience in early childhood education.
The Little Acorn Day School program is a mixed-aged, single classroom environment with a maximum of 20 children and 3 teachers (ratio 7:1). The preschool meets daily from 9:00am to 3:00pm with extended enrichment hours from 7:00am-6:00pm. Children who still nap are provided a cot and nap space while children who do not require a nap work with the teacher in quiet activities during the nap period from 1-2:30. Children in their pre-kindergarten year also meet in pre-k activity groups with the teacher daily during the preschool morning.
The advantages to our mixed aged group are many: First of all, children usually have the same teachers for their entire stay here, which allows us to really get to know the children and to build continuously on their development from year to year. Next, it allows siblings to remain together. And finally, it provides for a family-like atmosphere where older children are encouraged to develop tolerance and leadership skills by acting as models and teaching mentors to their younger peers. We’ve found this to be an extremely powerful social learning model; a much richer social environment with more leadership opportunities than single-aged groupings can provide.