About Us


The Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education grew out of the vision of a core group of early childhood and elementary educators and activists in Seattle (many of whom have been associated with Pacific Oaks College Northwest) who wanted to create a college and a demonstration/lab school for children with a focus on social change, social justice, cultural relevancy, leadership, and empowerment. We want to create a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual teaching and learning community that is 1) developmentally appropriate for children, 2) professionally relevant to the adults who touch their lives, and 3) racially and economically accessible, especially to those children and adults who have the fewest resources when it comes to navigating and negotiating our educational systems.

Three basic concepts underlie the educational philosophy of Praxis ECE:
1. Learning and growth are dynamic and life-long processes, not a series of isolated events;
2. Every individual has a fundamental worth and we have a responsibility to discover it;
3. Each person, no matter how young or old, has a unique identity and human potential which s/he contributes to the lives of all those with whom s/he comes in contact.

The learning style emphasized is unique. At Praxis ECE, you are encouraged to find your own voice and to take a stand in the face of oppression, both for yourself and for others. You are expected to work together and learn from faculty, staff, and other students. Emphasis is on growth and development of students in the social and cultural context of their own lives and the larger world. The faculty work with students individually to help them obtain an education that meets their own needs.

Themes & Values

The Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education Faculty developed (and continue to refine) these Core Themes in order to articulate the concepts, knowledge and values that we endeavor to have reflected in all areas of the teaching-learning process.