Curious Learning Movement
At Green Garden, we believe in fostering curiosity in all that we do. From our open-ended materials to our child-led curriculum, our students have the opportunity to question the world around them and use their critical thinking skills to solve problems and find the answers they seek.
Embracing the Movement
Children are curious by nature. At Green Garden we believe that this curiosity is to be embraced and encouraged. It is through this natural drive to learn through testing and exploration that we believe children grow and develop best. When they lead the way into learning about a topic or idea, they are excited to know more. We see the strength of embracing curiosity everyday when our classrooms investigate and ask their questions about the worm they found outside or some other intriguing happening that day. When we embrace this learning movement we inspire the children to become the leaders in their learning journey today and for a lifetime. They realize their intrigue helps them to see what they need to learn and our openness and encouragement help them to explore the vulnerability of asking questions and digging deeper.
By nurturing curiosity, we help cultivate a lifetime of wonder and creativity. Children are born curious as they want to know how the world around them works. As adults, it is often easy for us to jump right in and show them how something works or give them the answer they are seeking. At Green Garden, we allow children time to wonder and ask questions. Often when a child asks a question, it is followed by another question such as “I’m not sure, what do you think?” Our educators work alongside our children to problem solve and come up with answers to their questions through research and investigation.
Creating tomorrow’s self-starters
We are developing tomorrow’s self-starters, problem solvers, and difference makers. Every piece of our day promotes critical thinking and conflict resolution strategies. Children are given the time to resolve a problem independently and the words to ask for help when needed. When children constantly have an adult solving every situation, they do not have the opportunity to learn these skills independently. Our students are given opportunities to work through interactions with our educators supporting them as facilitators when needed. These life skills are practiced daily and will help our students become independent thinkers as they continue to grow.
Encourage Healthy risk-taking
At Green Garden, we encourage healthy risk-taking to allow children to reach their fullest potential. Learning to do dangerous things carefully is so important in early childhood. Our purposefully designed outdoor classrooms are one of the best stages for healthy risk-taking. Taking risks in a safe environment builds confidence, resilience, and risk management! In these classrooms, children are given the materials to explore and create their own risks. You will often hear our educators use phrases such as “Do you feel safe?” “That looks wobbly. I wonder how you can make it more sturdy?”
Offering Intentional “YES” environments
Saying yes as much as possible empowers our students to have more control in their classroom experience. Each of our learning environments, indoors and out, is stocked with open-ended loose parts that allow children to explore and decide how an object will be used each day. We create intentional “yes” environments that foster autonomy and develop inquisitive thinkers. What is a purposeful yes environment? Our program offers opportunities for our educators to be intentional about implementing the yes environment in the classroom; we know that this provides less stress and more success for both children and teachers.
The first year of life is full of special moments and milestones. Our team of Infant Teachers is here to support you as you embark on your parenting journey! Sharing photos and highlights of every day to include you in all of your child’s growth and development.Learn More
When you enter a Toddler Classroom, you will see teachers ready to listen, learn and play. We listen to your child’s interest to create a classroom environment that cultivates creativity and provides a safe place to express themselves and explore their world.Learn More
Preschool & Pre-K
Preschool at Green Garden looks like play but there’s so much more. Our classrooms are led by the children and supported intentionally for them. We incorporate the outdoors any chance we get and ensure our teachers serve as leaders of learning.Learn More
What Parents Are Saying
My two kids have been a part of the Green Garden family for a few years now. This place is not a day care, it is more of a learning facility. Green Garden and the teachers provide a great and loving environment with lots of activities. My kids love going to school and they love the teachers. I also like the fact that the food that is provided is organic. That is important in today’s society, especially because of the use of pesticides. I also like the owner of Green Garden. I see her all the time. She is involved in the daily activities and she provides good benefits for the teachers. Better benefits for the teachers should mean more talented teachers. Overall, this is a great place and one of the better decisions my wife and I made for our children.Doug W.
As a new mom trying to navigate Covid, I was extra cautious when it came to selecting a facility that would make us feel safe but that also felt like home. We found that in Green Garden – the staff is wonderful and engaged, communicative and kind and our son has a blast every single time he goes to school. We recently moved into the older toddler program and our only regret was having to say goodbye to Miss Nekeshia. Thank you so much to everyone at GG!Marney B.
Dropping your infant or child off at daycare for the first time is such an emotional event. The staff at Green Garden really help to make this transition more comfortable. The teachers here are so kind and you can easily tell that they are passionate about their jobs. Both my children are excited every morning to go in. It makes those drops offs so much easier when your little one has a smile on their face and talks about their teachers at home. Additionally as a plant based family we have greatly appreciated their organic, vegetarian menu. They are also very welcoming and supportive of LGBTQ families. A truly warm, enclosing and welcoming environment.Aleigha P.
All three of my children attended Green Garden and we couldn’t be happier with our experience there. We transferred from another local day care facility when my oldest was 2 years old, before the other kiddos were born, and it was the best decision we ever made. Green Garden staff are caring and knowledgeable. Everyone at Green Garden was attentive to our children’s medical needs, and the directors have always been quick to respond to questions, concerns and last minute schedule changes. I am impressed with how little staff turnover they have, which is unusual in the child care industry. The teachers truly became an extended family to us, and I will miss them as my youngest heads off to kindergarten. My favorite part of our experience at Green Garden has been the unique classroom setting, coupled with lots of nature and outside time! I also loved the sense of community, with “after-hours” family activities that helped build relationships with other Green Garden families. Our children learned so much and made lifelong friendships. I cannot say enough good things about Green Garden!Christina C.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the best child care center I’ve ever encountered. They actually do put children first, they don’t just talk about it (as so many centers do as they become overly concerned with numbers and finances). It’s incredible to watch them grow – both physically and in mission to children and families – and to contribute so strongly and positively into their community. Highest recommendation possible.Jenny P.