What is forest kindergarten?
This is a play-based AND a place-based educational approach! Developmental and educational experts agree that play is the ideal format for learning in early childhood. Our highly-trained Educators observe, inspire, and, when necessary, gently guide children’s play to promote developmentally-appropriate growth. In the place-based model of learning, children to return to the same beloved land again and again to feel at home, to witness the magic of seasons, and to make space for deep and complex play. Our emergent curriculum also leads us to follow the children, sometimes quite literally, off the path to newfound discoveries! We are a cooperative, which means that when families enroll in our year-long program they choose the tier of tuition that fits their needs and contribute the corresponding number of volunteer hours, either behind the scenes or with children.
Athens Forest Kindergarten is an all-weather program (rain or shine, really!) We have safety procedures with regard to severe weather and we will have a safe building to retreat to as needed.
The 2019-2020 forest kindergarten program meets every Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00am-1:00pm. We meet September through April, with a scheduled winter break and spring break.
We are proud to announce our partnership with ACC Leisure Services, which makes our 2019-2020 location possible. Starting this fall, the forest kindergarten program will make Sandy Creek Park our new home!
When you enroll your child in Athens Forest Kindergarten you will also receive:
Snack and lunch for your child during forest kindergarten (trail mix; rice & beans)
Free AFK Playgroup for your child (Fridays; regularly $10; offer details in handbook)
Free entry to Sandy Creek Park for a year (annual Sandy Creek Park Family Pass provided by AFK)
Two free parent education workshops per year