Welcome to PlayGarden Preschool: serving children with disabilities and their typically developing peers in our one acre PlayGarden.
Founded on the core principles of full inclusion, exploration of the natural world and play based education, PlayGarden preschool blends the best of outdoor education with the warmth and security of an indoor classroom.
Each day begins an adventure! Children arrive ready to explore the gardens, say good morning to the chickens and bunnies and play with their friends. Art, music, science and literacy fill the days. We serve snack and lunch which the children help prepare and that often include fruits and vegetables we have grown in our garden. The daily schedule is predictable so that the children know what to expect and also includes periods of “free choice play” to encourage independence, social-emotional learning and sustained attention and focus. At PlayGarden Preschool we are kind to ourselves and others, learn how to make friends and how to be a good friend, how to listen to each other and how to speak up for ourselves. We celebrate the seasons and the gifts nature has given us. Come join us!
Preschool operates Monday through Friday from 9:00am-1:00pm from September to June. Children may attend any combination of 2-5 days per week. Class is led by a master’s level teacher and two assistant teachers with 15 children attending per day. Approximately 50% of the children enrolled have a disability. The preschool teachers look forward to working closely with parents to provide support and carry out each child’s therapy programs and Individualized Education Programs. Children are not required to be toilet trained and staff will work with parents on dietary restrictions, specialized feeding requirements, mobility needs and communication supports.