At the Children’s Farm Preschool Program young children are supported in their process of enculturation in an environment akin to the most natural of human social settings: the village. The mixed-age cross-generational social format at the Children Farm mimics the social community that prevailed throughout the history of human evolution. Young children in the Children's Farm program grow into their social world establishing deep connections with a stable and healthy mixed-age/cross-generational community whose members show deep interest in their well being, development and accomplishments.
Pre School Program Description
Preschool (2 thru 5). Max 9 at any given time
The Children's Farm offers a developmentally focused, individually tailored, highest quality preschool program. This is a time of profound social learning and for the development of children's new found and ever changing capabilities in all areas of their being.
Our program flows on a rhythm attune to both the children's need for a stable and predictable routine, and to the healthy interests of the community of children at any given time. Children are offered ample time for spontaneous play within both indoor and outdoor environments replete with enriching activities and resources.
Projects developed by staff are designed to align with the children's' interests and our goals of exposing children to the widest variety of interesting and developmentally appropriate learning experiences. They are always optional and follow the developing interests of the children
Group times include: sit-down organic snacks and lunches; circle time with music, dance, stories and non competitive games; and excursions exploring our 24 acres of woods, meadows, pastures, and gardens.
Social skill building with their same-age, older and younger peers, as well as youthful interns and adult teachers is offered through a variety of venues.
Pre School Days, Hours and Tuition
The school is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30-2:00. Tuitions are based on an annual enrollment contract. The yearly schedule follows the Grass Valley School District calendar. The Children's Farm operates 46 weeks a year with two-week Summer and Winter breaks, and one-week Fall and Spring breaks. The annual tuition is evenly spread over 12 monthly payments at the following rates:
2 Day $256
3 Day $384
4 Day $512
There is daily extended care until 3:00 on a call-ahead drop-in basis for $2 per 20min segment.
Drop-in Hours for Children's Farm students on non-contracted days are available for $7/hr, subject to daily availability.
Tuition includes all meals.