The Children's Early Learning Space
We nurture our children with ample free time spent outdoors.

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A partnership of families, educators and community supporting children in their discoveries as they prepare for life’s experiences.  Learn More

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The United States is experiencing a renaissance in early education. This is due to scientific research that has proven the importance of brain development in the first three years and the tremendous need for the support of young families in our times. Learn More

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We appreciate donations which may be monetary or in supplies, and are grateful to those who take the time to come see us and volunteer. Learn More
preschoolFor children 3 through 5 years old, the Preschool program serves no more than twenty children per day, maximizing our staff to child ratio at 1:10. It provides a familiar structure, within which children can make choices throughout the day about their activities. 

The staff works to create a balance of staff-directed activities based on the children’s interests and open-ended free play. This encourages the children to extend and enrich their interactions with each other and with the diverse materials available to inspire creative play.

Weather permitting, our daily routines in all programs are enlivened with as much time as possible spent in nature, and with free-play, games, walks, regular field trips and enrichment programs.

We are part of the Act 166 partnership for the Universal Preschool Program.  Registration for Universal Preschool Programs must be through both your home school district and TCELS.  We can assist you with any needs you may have through that process.
20161215 104145 0042For children 6 weeks through approximately 18 months old, the Infant/Toddler program serves not more that eight children per day and supports a 4:1 ratio between staff and children. IT spaces are designed to be safe, nurturing, stimulating places for infants and young toddlers to explore their environment and each other.

Our Infant/Toddler routine allows for the diverse napping and eating times of its participants. Infants are fed by their primary caregiver according to their individual schedule. When infants are upset, their primary caregiver makes sure all of their basic needs are met and will hold, rock and comfort them as needed. These youngest children learn best from play, exploring interesting spaces, materials and other people, and we strive to provide them with a day full of opportunities for exploration.
OTFor children 18 months through 3 years old, the Older Toddler program serves no more than ten children per day with a ratio of 4:1 for children under 2, and 5:1 for children 2-3. OT spaces are designed to be safe, nurturing, stimulating places for children from about eighteen months to about three years old, to grow and learn at their own pace, based on their own interests.

Our Older Toddler routine settles into more structure with more predictable nap times and eating times. While these children continue to learn best from exploring interesting spaces, materials, and other people, they also have the expanded ability to use creative materials to express themselves. Our program strives to provide the older toddlers with a day full of continued opportunities for exploration and creative expression.

Infant Program
For children 6 weeks through approximately 18 months old.

Toddler Program
For children 18 months through 3 years old.

Preschool Program
For children 3 through 5 years old.

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A partnership of families, educators, and community supporting children in their discoveries as they prepare for life's experiences. 

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