Early Childhood Programs:
Nature Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten

The Early Childhood Program at Friends’ Central offers a stimulating and nurturing environment where young children can grow academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We challenge children to expand their knowledge and imagination, hone their relationship skills, develop problem-solving abilities, and acquire independence and self-confidence.

The intentional arc of our Early Childhood Program begins with Nature Nursery, where our youngest students develop a love of learning in a largely outdoor-based program. In Pre-K, more concrete pre-literacy skills are taught in preparation for Kindergarten, where the learning crystallizes into increasingly more developed academic skills. Outdoor learning remains key throughout.

"We are beyond thrilled with the Nature Nursery program. The teachers give nurturing individualized care to every student and are so communicative and supportive with issues like potty training, sleep regressions, etc. My son has blossomed into a nature-loving adventurer after starting the year afraid to get his hands dirty. He shows the power of nature education every day when he asks about how things work and grow and says how much he loves the earth. His imagination and social skills have also flourished, and he has become kinder as a result of the FCS community and teachers. We feel so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school!"

- Current FCS Parent

Learn More About Our Nursery, Preschool, and Kindergarten ProgramsDownload our early childhood education brochure now.

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Our Early Childhood Programs

Sample Nature Nursery Schedule

8:30 am • Classroom Free Play*
9:00 am • Circle Time
9:30 am • Snack Outside
10:00 am • Outside Time**
11:00 am • Outside Time**
11:30 am • Outside Time**
12:00 Noon • Lunch
12:30 pm • Rest
1:30 pm • Rest/Recess
2:00 pm • Tidy Up
2:50 pm • Dismissal

*Free Play choices include painting, building, playing with dough, toys, sensory sand, or reading
**Nature walks, pond time, taking care of chickens, specials (science/art/music/library/Spanish)