Peacock Family Services is now enrolling at our C. Keith Birkenfeld Early Childhood Development Center! With space for one to five year olds, and hours of operation from 6:30am to 6:30pm, we encourage you to schedule a tour and see how Peacock can serve your family's needs!
What Makes Us Different?
Utilizing a developmental, play-based model in multi-age classroom environments, children engage in emergent, sensory-based learning, as well as nature explorations during outdoor classroom time.
A multi-age classroom benefits the children by fostering trusting relationships between the students, and with the adults who care for them.
This type of grouping allows the instruction to be individualized as the teacher is better able to see where each child is and meet them there. This type of classroom grouping supports the children’s development of “pro-social” behaviors such as sharing, turn taking, and helping. The older children are able to be mentors to the younger students while the younger children have the opportunity to grow into the role of mentor to new children coming into the classroom.
Our modular program times offer morning, afternoon, and all day options. We create exceptional homemade meals from scratch with fresh, organic foods served family style. We emphasize values in kindness, compassion, and shared experiences, driven by deeply committed educators who forge strong bonds with families. We celebrate diversity and provide holistic family support.
An Emphasis on Outdoor Learning
Research shows that children are spending half the amount of time outside as their parents did at their age, a startling 4 hours per week on average. Peacock knows the value of exposing kids to the wonders of the outdoors early. Frequent outdoor activity has huge developmental benefits, cognitively, physically, socially, and emotionally. It also leads to lifelong nature connections and a sense of stewardship towards one’s community.
All Peacock programs, from our toddler classrooms and our multi-age preschool classes, to our school age Nature Nuts program, put an emphasis on outdoor education and activity. Rain or shine, the preschool and toddler classes are outside for at least two hours each day in our outdoor play areas, either engaging in free play, enjoying a teacher-led activity, peddling on tricycles or toy cars, or tending the vegetables in our garden boxes. Each week the children spend one of their mornings on a nature walk to one of our surrounding green spaces as well. Many of our staff are trained naturalists and all share a love of the natural world. Our newest venture, Outdoor Families Nature Club, is a group of children and caregivers that meets each week for a play date and family walk in one of Bainbridge’s beautiful natural areas. We love getting our community outside!
We are proud of our unique food program, where meals are prepared from scratch each day using fresh, wholesome and organic ingredients.
Cooking projects are worked into the emergent curriculum so youth learn an early love of nourishment and nutrition.
One of the hardest things we have to do, as staff, is tell a family we cannot currently offer their child a place in our programs because we do not have enough tuition assistance funds available. “Isn’t there anything for single mothers trying to get ahead?” one parent said to us, with hope draining from her face. Our office manager explained Peacock’s approach to
The mission of Peacock Family Services is to promote the healthy social and emotional development of children by providing nurturing and enriching care and family support.
We are a 501.C3 non-profit organization based on Bainbridge Island.