Community Roots School is a one-room classroom with a mixed age group. Our school year begins after Labor Day and continues into mid June. The ages of children in our program range from 3 to 5 years old. We maintain consistency and rhythm in our classroom in order to create a learning environment where each child feels safe and has the ability to thrive. Our daily rhythm begins between 8am and 9am with drop off and uninterrupted free play, allowing the children to welcome the school day. Morning circle follows free play which leads to AM snack, calendar, field trips/lessons, outdoor play, lunch, nap, PM snack, afternoon lesson/centers, free play, and pick up at 5:30PM.
Every child enrolled in the program is provided with three meals a day. Our meals are mostly organic and locally sourced when possible. There is an AM and PM snack which consists of a protein, vegetable, fruit, and grain. Our lunches are delivered each afternoon from The Barrelhouse and on Friday we have pizza from D'Andrea's! We have created a four week rotating menu with The Barrelhouse that follows the New York State Office of Children and Families Services dietary guidelines and have been approved by a registered dietitian.
Although, we are a play based school we do incorporate academics into our program. Many of the children who leave Community Roots School move into the public education system. Each day we provide lessons in a fun, exciting and nontraditional way, while preparing them for Kindergarten and New York State Common Core. In addition to preparing children heading into Kindergarten academically, once a month we take a field trip to Division Street School for a story hour. This brings the children into an elementary school and allows them to become familiar and comfortable with the idea of heading into Kindergarten.
Children at Community Roots School are given the opportunity to be active members of their community. We are conveniently located on the west side of town in the middle of the Beekman Street Arts District. Our location gives us access to many local businesses, art galleries, studios, charitable centers, and the city bus line. We take field trips every week. Some examples of these trips are taking the city bus to Healthy Living for cooking classes, making bread at Temple Sinai, donating food to Shelters of Saratoga, learning about fiber arts at the Frittelli & Lockwood Textile Studio, and learning about local history at the Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa.
We bring our sense of community into the classroom as well. We have an open door policy for friends and family to share their talents and skills with our students. Our good friend and yoga instructor, Mallory McGavin, comes each Thursday afternoon with a prepared cooking or yoga class. We have elementary school teachers, firemen, secret readers, and many other volunteers visit.
3 Day Program
$190 per week
5 Day Program
$300 per week
If you are looking for a different schedule of care other than our three or five day programs, please contact us for more information.
Enrollment is currently CLOSED for the 2018/2019 School Year