Mission & Philosophy


Our goal is to provide a safe, nourishing and nurturing environment in which children are guided in exploring their intellectual, emotional, social and creative capacities.

Our mission is to meet the young child in their place of wonder; to honor each child’s sense of self and to help them foster their confidence in the world; to cultivate understanding, cooperation and communication by way of the learning through living approach.


The Children’s Garden is a natural, living-arts learning environment.  We preserve the gifts of childhood while preparing children to meet life with joy, enthusiasm and confidence.  We encourage children to satisfy their natural curiosity and immersion into lifelong learning and discovery.

Our program fosters natural learning-through-living in creative play, singing, movement, story, joyful work, outside play and nature walks.  The magic and wonder of childhood is honored through an approach that nurtures the young child’s healthy physical, emotional and intellectual development.  We believe children naturally learn about themselves and the world around them through their observation and imitation of the surrounding adults and their environment.  In a deeply heart-felt and committed practice, our teachers and directors hold this awareness, mindfully modeling the behavior we wish to foster in the children – kindness, compassion, confidence, good work ethic and respect.  We hold a confidence in the flow of our daily, weekly and monthly rhythms along with the warm natural environment, allowing the children to feel security and certainty throughout their experience in our school.