Early Education


Questions we’re exploring

1.How does play expand creativity in the early childhood learning environment?

With an increased focus on academic competencies in early childhood education we are interested in exploring the way play promotes creativity and positive social awareness.

2. Which arts practices can be integrated within the curriculum and are sustainable for classroom teachers?

When expert artists are paired with expert teachers what ideas stem from that collaboration that prove sustainable for the teachers and their students?

3. How can we increase access and exposure to experiences in the formative early-childhood years that promote positive physical, social and emotional growth?

As access to physical and arts-based programming is differential for young children in the greater Seattle area, we are interested in increasing opportunities for all children to benefit from these experiences.


Shoreline Kindergarten Readiness

In Summer 2016, foundry10 collaborated with Shoreline School District to support a month-long kindergarten readiness program. This report goes back over our data on the program on how the students learned, what they enjoyed, and what types of skills they gained.
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Program Updates

Dramatic Storytelling in Pre-Kidnergarten

Our research suggests that dramatic storytelling in early childhood education enhances student engagement. Teachers are learning ways to implement dramatic arts in their everyday Pre-K and K classrooms.


Early Childhood Play and Learn

Play and learn is an program for students not currently enrolled in preschool to work with a teacher and socialize with other children. In this report we outline the findings from running this program with a local pre-school.


Pre-K Dance and Movement with Elementary Head Start Students

At foundry10, we have a lot of opportunity for students at higher age levels to engage with dance and movement. In our early childhood programs, we normally focus on movement through story and dramatic arts. What about movement for the sake of movement? What can students in preschool learn from developing locomotor skills?


Kindergarten Reader's Theater Curriculum Collaboration

Connecting teaching artists with teachers is a key part of many of our programs, and we are discovering what it means to collaborate with teachers in their classrooms. Our early education program utilizes this model to create valuable experiences for our youngest learners.


Olympic Hills Teacher and Teaching Artist

We have been collaborating with a few elementary schools around Seattle to learn more about how teaching artists can work directly with educators to create a great dramatic experience for students. You can find out a bit more about our work with Olympic Hills in this short write-up.


Hilltop Elementary Drama

At Hilltop Elementary, we put on a program to compare the use of creative drama and story drama with this audience, and we found some interesting ways that drama can build creative liberty, while still helping teachers hit their own classroom goals. Read more!

Oak Heights Elementary Music Project

Students at Oak Heights Elementary, with the help of recording professionals at foundry10, put together an album of children's books displaying some of the music they had been practicing during the school year. Check out their music and some pictures!