Program Overview


Our nurturing and developmentally appropriate classrooms are designed for children to explore independently, and collaboratively, with teachers and peers. Classes are designed to offer children opportunities to engage in authentic tasks and in-depth studies of concepts and interests that arise throughout the year.

Parent / Toddler


Hours: Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Tuition: $3600
The Center offers a Parent/Toddler (“Toddler”) Program for children ages 18 months to 2 years of age where the child attends each class with a parent. Mid-way through the school year, parents gradually separate from their child and meet with our parent educator on the Hanna campus.
Goals for the Toddler Program are as follows: To provide children with their first play group experience away from home in which:

  • Developmental needs are met
  • Trust is fostered
  • A sense of autonomy is nurtured

To help fulfill the program’s goals, two teachers interact with 9 children in a creative, developmentally appropriate, and reassuring environment. The daily schedule includes indoor and outdoor exploration, snack time, music, stories, art material exploration and a goodbye gathering.
Parents are expected to stay for the duration of the class with their child and are encouraged to be aware of and to follow their child’s cues, both verbal and nonverbal, with regard to separation and playing.
Meetings with our parent educator include issues relevant to parent’s observations and concerns and other topics of early childhood development.
Goals for the Parent Group Discussions are as follows:

  • To relate and reflect on parenting experiences
  • To explore similarities and differences, as well as challenges and successes, and to share experiences so as to learn from one another
  • To use research about child development to increase understanding of their experiences
  • To discuss developmentally appropriate techniques for discipline, consequences, sibling interaction, and more...all in a non-judgmental, and compassionate environment
  • To provide parents with a support system
  • To provide a place for educative participation
  • To provide parents with an opportunity to observe their own child in interaction with his/her teachers, other adults, and peers

Transition


Hours: Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 am to 11:30 am Tuition: $4880
The Center offers a bi-weekly transitional program for children ages 2–3 years of age to assist children to fully separate from parents and to comfortably settle into the school environment. The teacher/child ratio for these Programs is 1:4.
Goals for the Transition Program are as follows:

  • To provide a safe, caring environment, which fosters growth and the development of positive social interactions
  • To expose children to a myriad of open-ended materials
  • To support and enhance wonderings and curiosities about the world
  • To encourage independence and self-exploration
  • To provide individual learning experiences appropriate for each child
  • To increase a child’s feeling of mastery and power through the presentation of a familiar schedule and environment

To help fulfill these goals, teachers interact with a group of 11 children in a caring and supportive manner and offer a daily schedule which includes a morning meeting, indoor and outdoor exploration, community snack and a goodbye gathering.
Teachers encourage a sense of autonomy in children by providing an environment that is rich with inspirational materials that offer independent and group interaction. Teachers listen closely to children’s ideas in order to be a part of their play. They help to expand on their ideas, and when necessary, to mediate any issues that arise.
We place high importance on a smooth transition from home to school. Once your child has commenced school, parents are encouraged to work with teachers during the transition/separation process. This timing will vary for each child.

3 Day


Hours: Morning Option: Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm with an extended day option until 2:00 pm on Wednesdays, and Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Tuition: $6480 - or - $7450 (extended Wednesday)
The Center offers a 3 Day program for children 3-4 years of age. The 3 Day morning or afternoon programs are made up of 10-12 children with two teachers per classroom. This program is designed for children to begin exploring projects and investigations that are based on their curiosities about the world around them. Discovering and experimenting is viewed as learning and is essential to development. The classrooms provide open-ended possibilitis. This emergent curriculum supplies experiential opportunities for making observations, asking questions, and testing hypotheses. In this way, children can develop the skills essential for future learning by way of discovering the many ways these skills can be implemented in different environments.
*Goals for the 3 Day Program are as follows:
Social Growth:

  • To gain respect for the rights and feelings of others
  • To foster cooperative play situations
  • To develop and expand conflict-resolution skills

Emotional Growth:

  • To encourage independent thought and understanding of feelings and behaviors
  • To support the expression of emotions
  • To gain consideration for others
  • To provide support in the process of separation

Cognitive Growth:

  • To facilitate the development of each child’s ability to think logically
  • To use words and ideas clearly and to apply knowledge
  • To provide an environment rich in opportunities as an avenue to practice skills necessary for future success
  • To ask questions and follow lines of inquiry

Physical Growth:

  • To facilitate the development of small and large motor skills

To achieve these goals, the program offers a welcome meeting, indoor and outdoor exploration, community snack, small group and large group investigations, and a goodbye gathering.

5 Day - Prekindergarten


Hours: Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Fridays 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Tuition: $10,680 annually
The 5 Day Prekindergarten program is for children, 4-5 years of age. These classes are made up of 14 children with two teachers.
This program is designed for children to explore projects and investigations more deeply and to prepare children for their transition into kindergarten. Discovering and experimenting is viewed as learning and is essential to multi-level development. Our classrooms provide an open-ended, emergent curriculum with many opportunities for making observations, asking questions, and testing hypotheses arising from direct experience. In this way, children can develop skills essential for future learning through discovering the many ways these skills are used. In addition, this program, as in all our classrooms, seeks to help children develop a positive attitude toward learning.
The goals of the 5 Day Prekindergarten Program are as follows:
Social Growth:

  • To gain respect for the rights and feelings of others
  • To foster cooperative play situations
  • To develop and expand conflict resolution skills

Emotional Growth:

  • To encourage independent thought and understanding of feelings and behaviors
  • To support the expression of emotion
  • To gain consideration for others
  • To provide support in the process of separation

Cognitive Growth:

  • To facilitate the development of each child’s ability to think logically
  • To use words and ideas clearly and to apply knowledge
  • To provide an environment rich in opportunities to practice skills necessary for future academic success
  • To ask questions and follow lines of inquiry

Physical Growth:

  • To facilitate the development of small and large motor skills through daily play and the daily use of classroom materials.
    To achieve these goals, the program offers a morning meeting, a reflection meeting, indoor and outdoor exploration, open snack time, small and large group learning groups, and a goodbye gathering.

Garden Classroom


Our Garden Classroom, located at our upper outdoor playground space, is serenly shaded by a bountiful pepper tree and constructed of repurposed building materials. The space is primarily focused on providing our children with a natural environment for collaborative exploration of nature. Abundant raw materials (such as stones, sticks and pinecones), along with other loose parts and compostables are examples of the organic composition that makes the Garden Classroom such a special place for exploration and discovery. Here, children are encouraged to work together, imploring their imaginations to discover the world's physical elements. Examples of discovery include children working in the mud kitchen, maintaining the raised garden beds, birdwatching and exploring the use of binoculars, examining insects through microscopes, and much more. All of these experiences provide essential tools for our children to choose their own daily adventure alongside and in participation with their classmates. Our explorations are deepened by plenty of books and music. Rainy days are spent in a cozy art cottage where Francie, our Garden teacher, welcomes 3-4 children at a time to explore different media. Princess, a friendly rabbit and member of our school family, lives in the garden and is tenderly cared for by the children of the school.