Rosen Family Preschool

Our Unique Approach

Children immersed in a language-rich environment early in life will develop a strong foundation for learning and healthy social-emotional skills. Here at the Rosen Family Preschool, we partner with Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Preschool Program to provide a solid bilingual learning center for children ages 3-5 who are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing. The program is also open to hearing children raised in a signing environment.

Bilingual-Bimodal Approach

Bilingualism is the development and use of two or more languages. Bimodalism is the development and use of language in more than one medium. ASL is a visual language; English is a spoken and written language. By providing a bilingual approach with both ASL and written English, students’ learning experiences are accessible to set the stage for linguistic proficiency. Spoken English is also a component of this approach and will be incorporated into each students’ learning experience as is accessible and appropriate for him/her.

Key elements of the Rosen Preschool approach:

  • Bilingual/bimodal model
  • Direct instruction in ASL to ensure accessibility for our Deaf students
  • Visually accessible setting with modern technology
  • Classroom is equipped with a soundfield FM system
  • Educational audiologist and speech-language therapist, who specialize in working with deaf and hard of hearing children, routinely work with students both in and out of the classroom

Learning Philosophy

We use Creative Curriculum’s objectives for development and learning, which align with Washington State’s early learning standards. We have set up our classroom according to Creative Curriculum’s evidence-based best practices using art, blocks, books, discovery areas, dramatic play, and sensory materials. Each child brings their own experience and emerging identity to the classroom, where they are empowered to build relationships and learn about the world around them. Through inquiry, experiment, and discussion, we capitalize on each child’s natural curiosity to guide his/her learning.

Schedule

The Rosen Family Preschool roughly follows the Seattle Public School calendar. Classes are held at HSDC’s specially designed classroom Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Optional home visits are offered on Fridays to give extra support to parents transitioning from IFSPs (Individualized Family Service Plans) to IEPs (Individualized Education Plans).

Rosen Family Preschool has an active PTA. To learn more and become involved, please email rosenpta@gmail.com.

For more information about the Rosen Family Preschool, email rosenpreschool@hsdc.org.

 

Scholarships 

View our Scholarship Guidelines to see if your family qualifies. To apply for a scholarship, complete a Scholarship Application, then mail, fax, or email it to our Director of Education, Brayde Willson.