The learning environment is crucial to children’s ability to really immerse themselves in play and something we have thought a lot about. Our programs are currently based in a home setting rather than a commercial setting.
In the summer of 2016, we will move to our new commercial location at 552 5th Avenue (corner of 15th Street). We will occupy 2 floors in an elevator building which will be able to serve 58 children.
Regarding space, our primary concern is having appropriate materials and appropriate space for the children to explore them and interact with each other. Each space has child-sized tables and chairs, a block/building area, a library area, kitchen area, dramatic play/dress-up section, doll house, sensory table (indoors and outdoors) and an art/writing center. We also have a moveable puppet theater and developmentally appropriate pules, games, and manipulatives. All sites offer back yards with enough space for children to run and play getting fresh air and exercise along with an outdoor sensory table for children to explore various materials. When weather is not conducive to outdoor play, children will have access to an indoor mat for movement exercises. Below please find some pictures of our learning environments.