Mission

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For Our Children

The mission of Play Groups School is to provide the highest quality early childhood education to the children in our care. We thoughtfully create and foster a warm and nurturing learning environment where children can grow cognitively, emotionally, socially and physically. We respect and support individual differences and learning styles. Our aim is to instill a lifelong love of learning, to encourage a sense of wonder about the world and to promote respect and care for others.

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For Our Families

Play Groups honors the unique qualities of families and strives to build strong relationships between home and school. We maintain an open-door policy and actively encourage families to share their time, experiences and expertise with us. We offer education about child development and support in meeting the challenges of contemporary parenting. We strive to create a sense of belonging for our families, extending to the larger community as well.

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For Our Staff

Play Groups has been accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) since 1997. To fulfill our commitment to maintaining the rigorous standards of excellence set by the NAEYC, we are committed to providing continuous education and opportunities for growth and development for our highly-qualified and dedicated staff.

Resources

Available here:

“Learning Through Play” by David Elkind, Ph.D. and Professor Emeritus of Child Development at Tufts University

“It’s Play Time” by Joan Almon, Founding Director of the U.S. Alliance for Children

“The Wisdom of Play: How Children Learn to Make Sense of the World”, a compendium of articles by experts in the field of Early Childhood Education

Recommended books:

The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups by Erika Christakis

A Mandate for Playful Learning in Preschool: Presenting the Evidence by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Laura E. Berk and Dorothy Singer

Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs by Ellen Galinsky

The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind