Welcome to the PlayGarden Preschool! We are a fully inclusive outdoor preschool serving children ages 3-5 with and without disabilities 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.
The preschool enrollment period for the 2021-2022 school year is now open!
If you are interested in enrolling your child, please fill out and return a preschool application. Applications can be mailed back to the PlayGarden or emailed to the PlayGarden’s Office Manager, Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org
Information regarding the registration process, tuition rates, scholarships and our inclusive-nature based curriculum can all be found within the preschool application.
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.