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We understand the importance of appropriate educational experiences and their role in children's success as they develop and grow. Our approach for encompassing development is divided into areas:

Physical well-being, health, and motor development

Social-emotional development

Approaches to learning

Cognition and general knowledge

Language, communication, and literacy


John Lewis Room

 (“Good Trouble”)


Six weeks to12 months

We offer warm, responsive infant care and are essential for the healthy development of your infant. Your baby's environment is enriched with colorful books, soft toys, and music.  

Our infant classrooms provide small class sizes and low teacher-to-student ratios; this allows for increased one-on-one interaction and ample individualized instruction within an intimate and home-like environment.

Teachers maintain a soothing atmosphere that recognizes each baby’s natural feeding, sleeping, and play rhythms.

An infant’s day consists of:

• cuddling

• rocking

• circle time

• fingerplays

• reading books

• exploring age-appropriate toys

• singing songs

• creating art

• stroller walks


Shoeless Environment


Since our babies are crawling, playing, and exploring on our floors, keeping those areas clean and free from dirt and germs is important. To dramatically cut down on the number of germs and other objects carried in by our shoes, we have a 'shoeless environment' in our Infant Programs for our teachers and all other visitors in the classroom.



Malcolm Toddlers Room

 (“By any means necessary”) 

One year old to 24 months


Toddlers are beginning to think through their actions, solve problems, and understand language. They thrive on new experiences, so we provide them with a safe, nurturing environment that allows each child to develop naturally, individually, and happily. Daily/weekly progress reports give you information on care routines like eating, napping, and diapering.

As infants move into the toddler phase, their day takes on a more Uniform schedule. Feeding and napping take place at the same time for all children.

Teachers model effective communication and sharing and encourage independence.

• self-selected play

• circle time

• singing songs

• fingerplays

• reading books

• focused learning activities

• art projects

• sensory experiences

• indoor gross motor room time

• outdoor playground time


Obama Pre-k Room


(“A change will come”)


Two years old to 3 1/2

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Pre-K kids' sense of discovery: providing an enriching, colorful environment that offers various educational materials and toys. Because learning words so quickly and beginning to express thoughts, we use activities like nursery rhymes, reading books aloud, and songs to expand your child's language skills. We provide a fun, safe environment filled with self-directed activities that give your child the independence they are eager to enjoy and help prepare them to transition into preschool. Daily/weekly progress reports provide you with information on care routines.

Preschoolers are increasingly independent and are encouraged to express themselves artistically, explore academic areas of interest, and further develop their social relationships.

Our preschool classrooms are rich in print, and our teachers provide engaging, open-ended, theme-based learning focused on the interests of the children.

A preschooler’s day consists of the following:

• self-selected play

• circle time

• singing songs

• reading books

• creating art

• focused on math, science, and literacy activity

• phonics

• outdoor play

• dramatic play

• block play

(Always) Getting Preschoolers Ready for Kindergarten


Potty Training

Potty training is one exciting thing that often starts in our two- to three-year-old room! As each individual child begins to show signs of readiness, they will be introduced to the potty and start the journey. Together with the parents, our teachers will create a plan and determine the best strategy for success for that child. We recognize that potty training is both a mental and physical ability, and we are committed to making sure a child is ready for the process before we begin.

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Ida B. Wells Gifted and Black Pre-k Room 


(“The appetite rows from what it feeds on”)

3 ½ years old to 5 years old



We realize choosing the right preschool for your child is a significant and exciting decision. We know that you want your child to be cared for by teachers who keep them safe, loved, and nurtured based on individual personality and unique abilities. Our Gifted and Black Pre-K Room encourages your child's development without them growing up too fast. You want an atmosphere where your child can make friends and share the fun of learning with other children. We want you to feel confident you've chosen a preschool that focuses on learning yet appreciates the importance of fun. Gifted and Black Pre-K Room focuses on advised learning, public speaking, dual language, history awareness, and social-emotional skills. Daily/weekly progress reports give you information on care routines.


Kindergarten Readiness

During this stage of development, children learn and process information rapidly and express interest and fascination with each discovery. Our Pre-Kindergarten teachers work closely with each child to prepare him/her for their journey into Kindergarten. Projects and activities in the Pre-K classroom are geared towards Kindergarten readiness, and assessment is ongoing to plan for individual child goals.

Our goal is to ignite within our children the deep understanding that:  

Each has a profound purpose in life that includes the sustaining and improvement, of the capacity and expectation to enact positive social change

• Each must work with a sense of collectivism and humility, putting positive goals and outcomes at the forefront of all actions and decisions

• Each must engage in practices that honor the interdependence of humans, plants, animals, and natural elements

• Each must study and practice traditional scientific methods and modalities (i.e., farming, herbalism, natural healing) and seek to restore them within our modern society

• Each must rely on critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving and good character to make sound decisions, which benefit the collective in addition to self

• Each must learn, honor, and promote the engagement of beneficial traditional practices that relate to their ancestry

• Each must work to create, build and sustain businesses, institutions, and programs that benefit their communities, both small and broad

• In achieving these goals, we believe that we are helping to guide a new generation of world citizens whose confidence, sense of human collectivism, and environmental awareness will inform their decisions as they seek to improve the world's condition.

What is African-centered?


What is Afrocentric ideology?

Afrocentrism, also called Afrocentrism, is a cultural and political movement whose mainly African-American adherents regard themselves and all other Blacks as syncretic Africans and believe that their worldview should positively reflect traditional African values.


Why is an Afrocentric approach necessary for education?

Afrocentric education is essential for developing black students' self-esteem through awareness of African culture and contributions and developing their sense of responsibility to a larger community. It goes beyond stereotypical media portrayals of Black culture as only Hip-Hop or basketball.


What is the difference between Afrocentrism and Afrocentricity?

While Afrocentrism is characterized as an ideology focused on cultural traits (e.g., customs, habits, traditions, values, value systems) of Africans, Rase koala et al. describe Afrocentricity as a methodology that focuses on the positionality, agency, and experiences of Africans.


African Centered Curriculum


• Focuses on the child's development: physical, cognitive, language, and social-emotional development

• Focuses on African Americans:  history, cultural principles, and experiences

• We have an open space strategically divided into multi-age fashion to help develop and grow in a caring environment.

Acknowledges that African American children are highly visual, audible, and fashion-oriented and exposed to a high degree of stimuli at an early age, including expressiveness, dance, and rhythm

*Behavior *Academic excellence *Build relationship*Health *Cultural competence

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