“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
-- Fred Rogers
“Play is the foundational building block of human cognition, emotional health, and social behavior...Play improves memory and helps children learn mathematical problems in their heads, take turns, regulate their impulses, and speak with greater complexity.”
-- Erika Christakis
"Preschool educators have long known that animals, plants, water, and other aspects of the natural world delight children and draw them in as learners. ... Nature preschools have all the same child development goals that more traditional schools have, but they also are committed to accomplishing those goals through experiences in and with nature, and have an added goal of helping children begin to develop care and concern for the natural world."
-- Natural Start Alliance
"Taking part in a cooperative preschool allows you to be directly involved with your child’s early education. ... Interacting with a community of other parents who share your commitment to childhood and receiving modeling by the teacher as you help, gives you opportunities to learn alongside your child. Most importantly, choosing a cooperative preschool gives you extra time to bond with your child and create memories together."
-- Parent Cooperative Preschools International
It's never too early to start thinking about preschool. Children and their grown-ups are thriving in our outdoor preschool program. Each day is an adventure, and we'd love for you to be a part of it.
2024-2025 PROGRAM OPTIONS
Koalas Morning Class (3/4 yo; co-op)
Rabbits Afternoon Class (4/5 yo; co-op)
Stay & Play (2 yo; with caregiver)
Giving Children A Natural Start
Hunters Woods Cooperative Preschool is a play-based, nature-inspired, family participation preschool. Experienced early childhood educators plan curriculum and instruction, and families take turns helping with school-time activities.
Our school is designed to encourage preschool-aged children (2, 3, 4 and 5 year olds) to develop a sense of worthiness, a sense of ability, a sensitivity towards others and the world around them. Our emergent curriculum gives children experiences with and in nature, and is responsive to individual and group interests, needs, and abilities. We provide the children with materials and equipment, along with time, space, and guidance to support their individual development.
Nondiscrimination Policy: Hunters Woods Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship program, and other school-administered programs.