We believe that young children learn best through experience, collaboration, and hands-on investigation. Our Infant & Toddler Center campus, located at 70 Havemeyer Street, is custom tailored to facilitate these important components. Guided by the principle that the environment serves as a significant teaching tool, the design of each of our spacious and light-filled classrooms is carefully planned and evolves throughout the school year according to the children’s interests and developmental needs.
Our 3-story facility also includes numerous auxiliary spaces, which children visit daily to further enhance their learning experiences. ITC students enjoy visits to our backyard garden & playground where they are invited to interact with nature, create mud pies and sand castles in our sensory pit, maneuver through a climbing structure, tend to the plants, enjoy a picnic lunch, qne cool off in the sprinklers during summertime. Gross motor development is fostered through visits to our two gymnasiums, one of which provides infants with a dedicated, safe place to investigate their surroundings and challenge themselves physically.
Meanwhile, our older students utilize a second gym featuring climbing structures, trampolines, bicycles, and scooters, along with plenty of room to run, jump and play. The library/music room provides children with opportunities to participate in large group read-alouds or snuggle up with a story of choice. On a weekly basis, our music enrichment classes are held here. During music class, children are invited to express themselves using a variety of methods including song, spontaneous vocalization, instruments, and dance. The Art studio is a sprawling space where children can engage in a variety of multi-sensory experiences with paint, clay, collage, and drawing materials. Encounters in the studio are further enhanced by visits to the Loose Parts Atelier. Loose parts are materials that children can move, manipulate, and adapt within their play. Our atelier features both natural and recycled materials donated by staff, families, and local businesses. These open-ended materials are made available throughout the day and serve as inspiration for emergent project work.
We invite you to visit us to experience all of these spaces for yourself!