Photo courtesy of Ruth Bosco.

Infant Program

Our small, intimate infant program allows us to follow each individual child’s natural patterns and needs. We keep a 1:3 teacher to child ratio and with an attentive, nurturing staff we are able to adapt to each child's unique daily rhythms. In the spirit of Magda Gerber’s philosophy of "educaring" we create playful, loving environments and give each child both focused attention and opportunities for independent exploration. Parents and teachers partner to respond to the changing needs of babies as they grow.

Caterpillars are approximately 5 months to 16 months

(As we follow each infant’s natural rhythms and routines we do not adhere to a daily schedule in the infant program)

Toddler Program

In the toddler program children are able to experience an expansion of their group experience from the infant room or other small care experiences. Within the toddler year children are experiencing a wide range of growth and development and at the same time still require individualized care and intimate relationships with adults. With a 1:4 teacher to child ratio for the young toddlers, we are able to offer children experiences that meet their curiosities, need for independence and increasing energy levels, while still providing sensitive caregiving routines. Within this year we provide an introduction to circle time and group activities.

Butterflies are approximately 16 months to 24 months

Photo courtesy of Ruth Bosco.

Preschool Program

This program emphasizes play-based learning that builds emerging curriculum inspired by children's interests.

Small group project work supports children's learning by challenging them to articulate and represent their ideas, and collaborate together to create knowledge. Class meetings are daily opportunities to listen to each others' perspective, collaboration, and enjoy a strong sense of belonging in the class community.

Children learn conflict resolution skills and are supported in their efforts to respectfully solve problems with their peers. Children graduate from our preschool program as clear communicators, engaged learners, competent problem solvers and unique young people who are ready to step into the elementary school context with confidence.

Preschool Ages 2 to 5

    • Two year olds are the Dolphin group with 12 children and a 1:6 adult/child ratio.

    • Three year olds groups are Giraffes with 14 children and a 1:7 ratio in the classroom and 1:8 ratio in mixed age grouping.

    • Four/Five year olds choose their own name through a democratic process in the beginning of the year and this group has 16 children and a 1:8 ratio.