Athens Forest Kindergarten is for children aged 3-6, who enroll in a year-long inquiry-based educational experience. We emphasize social and emotional skills and we remind both parents and ourselves that PLAY IS LEARNING! Our forest kindergarten program is for 12-14 students who meet one morning per week (Fridays). With three adults, we create flexible groupings as needed throughout the day and from week to week. We are a cooperative that thrives on parent volunteers, including a weekly Parent-Helper in the forest. This program provides approximately a 1:4 adult-child ratio. Click here to learn more.
AFK Playgroup is our offering to Athens to try out what forest play in all weather is like! It’s a lower cost option, where you can sign up just a few days in advance and bring the family. A teacher will facilitate an opening circle, a snack break with a story or activity, and a closing circle. Parents are encouraged to be "guides on the side" as the children make meaning and form connections with nature and each other. AFK Playgroup is designed for children aged 2-7; other siblings are welcome upon approval. We consider participants of any of our programs to be part of the AFK Community and invite all to potlucks, family hikes, and other events.