The Infant-Toddler Village
Our Neighborhood is moving from our current home, 2110 Ivy Road, to 1015 East Market Street in the summer of 2020. We have updated this page to describe our new school but photos are of our current facility. We recommend you tour our current facility to get on the wait list.
Our infant-toddler village has seven classroom each with twelve children. Children age in place and furniture is changed as they grow to accommodate their needs. We have a central piazza living room space, an atelier, and 3.5 acres of outdoor space.
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Continuity of Care
Our Neighborhood practices continuity of care which is a system of keeping children and teachers together for their first three years. Continuity of care is backed by child development research. In the early years relationships are the basis for safety which is a prerequisite to learning. We know it is best for children to build a secure attachment with their teacher so they can feel safe to explore and learn. Though keeping children and teachers together is logistically more complicated it is crucial to creating a high-quality environment.
We work to support children to build secure attachment, and whenever possible try to keep young children with their teachers and friends. We do this with an age in place model that allows children and teachers to stay in the classroom and the materials and furniture to change as they grow.
The role of the infant-toddler teacher is not just to expand minds, create contexts for learning, introduce new ideas, and offer questions to drive learning deeper but also to be a secure relationship base. Through attuned responsive care children develop basic trust which provides the foundation brain pathways for relationships and learning.
The very best way for young children to learn is through play. Eighty percent of brain development happens before the age of three. This crucial period of learning is providing the foundation for life long learning.
You don't have to do this alone.
We know that parenting and teaching is challenging work. Part of the Our Neighborhood purpose is creating a space for a learning community. All caregivers are welcome to learn with us. Together we can transform the world for the next generation.