“Kristin and Jenna have been caring for our children for nearly four years, and we highly recommend Community Roots School. Our oldest (now in first grade) attended preschool with them and is thriving academically and socially. Our three year old loves school and comes home every day with stories of her adventures and all that she learned. From taking the bus to the Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa for "B" week to baking Challah with the Rabbi at Temple Sinai for "T" week to in-house yoga sessions and endless hours playing outside in all types of weather, Community Roots is a very special place that fosters imaginative play and hands-on learning.”
“We have had our kids in several childcare programs, since we've moved to several areas of the country and state. By far, Community Roots School is the best we have seen. The programming is an ideal balance of Waldorf, Montessori, and something community-focused all their own. Our son is learning his letters, numbers, and manners, no question, but he is also learning about his City— how to be a member of the community, and how to find joy in all our town has to offer. The school is perfectly situated in a sweet little building in the heart of Beekman, walk-able to so many things. The teachers, Kristin and Jenna are real treasures. I am sure there are many good programs in Saratoga, but this one is extra special.”
“Community Roots takes the best of the teaching philosophies out there, and weaves them into their own special program. Our daughter is clearly getting a comprehensive early education, but what we love most are the values and traditions that Kristin and Jenna have established for their school, which holistically teach the children about things like the environment, where our food comes from, caring for others in our community, world perspectives in other cultures, the beauty of the great outdoors, healthy eating and cooking, sharing, empathy, and creativity. These tenets set the school apart from any other program in the area. Our daughter has been in Kristin and Jenna’s program for 3 years, and we have watched her flourish thanks to the unparalleled care and cultivation she receives at their school. We are so grateful for our experience there.”
“We chose Community Roots because it was the program that most closely aligns with our values as a family. Our daughter is not only adequately prepared for Kindergarten academically, but even at the age of 4, demonstrates concern for the environment, an interest in participating in her community, and empathy toward others. Community Roots uniquely balances imaginative play, experiential learning and teacher-led lessons so that kids learn in a variety of ways going well beyond simply meeting state requirements. We couldn't be more pleased with our child's preschool experience.”
"Our daughter entered kindergarten this year, and we were not surprised to discover that she was more than prepared for it. The teachers at Community Roots School taught her not only the skills she would need in elementary school, but also provided the understanding that learning happens everywhere. At five years old, my daughter understands that she is part of a diverse community and feels she has a role in this community. She has planted gardens with college students at Skidmore, delivered donations in a wagon to the homeless shelter, attended theater and arts events at the local galleries and venues, eaten (and cooked!) food at local establishments, and much more. Community Roots School’s focus on experiential learning and empathy for others is a rare opportunity, and fit perfectly with the values we want to teach in our family. My daughter was happy every day there, and we continue to be happy with the foundation Community Roots School provided for her."
"My daughter spent two wonderful years in a pre-k program with Kristin and Jenna, and I cannot say enough good things about them! They are truly amazing people and attentive, nurturing teachers who helped to build my daughter's confidence and helped prepare her intellectually and socially for kindergarten."
Leigh & James
"Our son Harrison had a wonderful year being taught by Kristen and Jenna. He loved the variety of experiences that they exposed him to through their curriculum, and he always spoke about them with such affection. He truly loved going to Pre-K (he would actually say it!). For us, we were always very impressed with how fun, diverse, and engaging the many activities Kristen and Jenna planned were, and the highly positive values that they instilled in the students. We are so glad that he had his time with them."