Research shows that some of the most critical brain development takes place before children even reach Kindergarten. Our Early Childhood program will help set up your child for lasting success.
Welcome to Early Childhood, where learning meets play! With spacious and sun filled classrooms that lead directly to the playground, our youngest students are given ample opportunities to explore, experiment, problem solve, and create through hands-on activities that also promote their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical growth.
The early childhood years at WES are full of amazing growth and development – both academically and socially. With dedicated and passionate teachers, learning specialists and school counselors, our team works collaboratively to ensure that all children build a strong educational foundation and a lifelong love for learning.
Early Childhood Director
Katie Rothwell has 19 years of experience leading Early Childhood classrooms in DC independent schools, including seven years at WES. She is known for fostering inclusivity, curiosity, risk-taking, and a lifelong love of learning in her students. She has served on many crucial committees at WES, including the Master Scheduling Committee, the previous Strategic Planning Committee, and the Admissions Committee. She has mentored new families, faculty members, and teaching assistants, and she is a regular presenter at the Mid-Atlantic Episcopal School Association Fairs. Katie is currently working toward a certificate in Early Childhood Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Providence College. Katie is also the mother of two WES Dragons, Jane ’25 and Charlotte ’25.