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Cottonwood Roots

(for learners ages 3-6)

We are now enrolling kids ages 3-6 for the Roots program, a mixed-age learning environment rooted in curiosity, discovery, and play. At Cottonwood we curate space for kids to explore, tinker, dabble, and invent.

Curiosity is innate.  We foster that curiosity from a foundation of trust in the children and trust in each other. Each child has the opportunity to fulfill his/her own creative ideas everyday and learns to know, trust and communicate his/her individual limits.

We believe in mixed-age learning environments, free play and using the community as a classroom. The Reggio Emilia idea that the environment/space is the third teacher resonates with us and we pull from Maria Montessori’s carefully curated materials. We draw tools from a variety of recognized sources but ultimately we are an agile learning center. We support children as they begin to direct their days based on specific interests. We recognize the importance of rhythm and facilitate an environment that leads kids to draw conclusions and make their own discoveries.  This happens through outdoor play (everyday, no matter the weather), imaginative play, conversations about books, open ended science and arts projects, music, movement and meal preparation.

Kids are naturally self-directed learners; at Cottonwood we give them the space, tools, time and support they need to learn through discovery. The Cottonwood Roots program has space for 12 kids ages 3-6. This program is supported by 2 full-time facilitators.

Cottonwood ALC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or ethnic origin in administration, admission, or any associated activities.