Our program is centered on each child – not each child in isolation, but rather each child seen in relation with other children, with the family, with the teachers, with the environment of the school, with the community and with the wider society. From the time they are born children are constantly trying to understand the world by interacting with their environment, with materials, and with other people. If we want children to be successful learners now and in the future, we have to teach them to think for themselves, to solve problems, and to get along with others. Our primary teaching goal is to help young children use their environment productively and see themselves as capable learners. We want to help our children develop the skills and understanding that will enable them to make sense of the world and to succeed in it. These abilities are best acquired when children are encouraged to explore their environment actively, to solve real problems that have meaning for them, and to work cooperatively with others to complete a task.
From the very beginning of a child’s journey while at Urban Sprouts, we want each child to feel known and included, to know that his or her presence contributes fundamentally to our school community. Children can feel safe and encouraged to explore not only materials, but also their relationships with peers and adults. They feel important and valued when others listen to them, seek out their ideas, and allow them to express themselves. When students feel safe, cared for, and valued, they can take healthy risks required to tackle those tasks that strengthen their cognitive abilities as well as their social and physical abilities.
Each of our centers has an Infant Program for children aged 6 weeks to 24 months, a Toddler Program for children 24 months to 3 years, and a Pre-K Program for children from when they are 3 years of age until they are ready for kindergarten.