Cultivating Autonomy & Community-Mindedness
The EC1 (3-4 years) and EC2 (4-5 years) programs are designed for preschool-aged children, transitioning from Toddlers, other school programs, or just starting out. Each classroom is composed of 22 children and 3 teachers. Both the EC1 and EC2 center on play-based learning.
Children engage in experiential and teacher-guided explorations daily. Their schedules are similar, with an appropriately matched emphasis on developmental learning and readiness.
EC1 and EC2 Programs run five days a week. We do not offer 2- or 3-day options. Consistent routines and predictable patterns are key for children to develop a sense of belonging and security.
EC1 - Half- and Full-Day Options
EC2 - Full-Day Only
A typical day includes outdoor play, indoor choice time, Specialist time (Library; PE), snack, lunch, and rest time.
The Early Childhood Curriculum is geared toward healthy development of identity and self-esteem, motor skills, creativity, self-awareness, self-care and autonomy.
EC1 and EC2 utilize an emergent approach to language, literacy, and math concepts. This allows children to engage with letter sounds, words, numbers, and counting through exposure, play, and exploration. We do not employ rote practice or memorization as a means to build skills. Instead, through hands-on experiences, children are able to develop the foundations for emergent literacy and math.
Teachers engage students with themed curriculum units around science, art, math, and literature. Teachers follow a developmental framework to design experiences that invite curiosity and open-ended exploration, where children learn about how to ask questions and seek out answers.
Children are encouraged to share their thinking and findings, problem-solve, and build off of their interests and strengths, as well as develop areas for growth, with the careful guidance of our expert early childhood teachers.
EC2 is a natural extension and progression of EC1 and offers a meaningful developmental trajectory for preschool students before moving on to Kindergarten.