PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY SCC’s philosophy is nature-based and child-centered, with a commitment to providing an inclusive environment in which all children can learn and grow through play. We believe that humans have a deep and inherent need for connection to the natural world and this connection is essential to healthy human growth and development. Our curriculum is emergent and experiential, providing child-led play based experiences in our natural environment that lead to individualized learning.
Our toddler program is strongly influenced by RIE (founded by Magda Gerber) which promotes immense respect for the child as an autonomous human being. This foundation of respect is carried across classrooms and ages. In preschool and school-age classrooms, teachers draw from resources in Positive Discipline, Collaborative Problem Solving, and Responsive Classroom to support each child’s social-emotional development.
ENROLLMENT SCC has three mixed-age classrooms: Toddlers (18-36 months), Preschool (3-5 years), and School Age (K-3rd grade). There is one enrollment period for all programs.
SCHOOL YEAR Children attend 2, 3, or 5 days a week Full-day program hours: 8:00am-5:00pm School Age hours: 2:35-5:00pm Kindergarten students are picked up by an SCC teacher at 12:05 from Sandwich Central School and walked back to SCC for afternoon programming. Children first grade and older take the bus from SCS to SCC at regular dismissal time (2:35).
SUMMER Children attend 2, 3, or 5 days a week Full-day program hours: 8:00am-4:00pm Children of all ages are invited to participate in the Summer program.
Interested families visit SCC for a tour and meeting with the Director
Families complete a registration form
Upon acceptance, families complete enrollment forms, provide documentation of a physical, sign a contract, and pay a deposit
Enrollment begins in March. If there are spaces available outside of the enrollment period, admission will be considered on a rolling basis. SCC maintains a wait list for interested families when classrooms are fully enrolled.
SCHEDULE As a nature-based, child-centered program, we encourage exploration and a pace that is developmentally appropriate for each age group. Our days and weeks are flexibly scheduled and determined by the weather, phenomena in the natural world, and the interests of the children. The sample schedule below is a snapshot and not a rigid routine. SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE 8:00am: Arrival at outdoor play area. 9:00am: Morning meeting & snack 10:00am: Explorations indoors and outdoors. Children move freely in the space, choosing activities that interest them. This time may also include hikes, walking field trips, special visitors, games, music, yoga, and small group time. 12:00pm: Lunch time 1:00pm: Story time 1:15pm-2:45pm: Quiet time 3:00pm: Snack 3:15pm-4:45 Free play and pack up for the day 5:00pm: Pick up for full day program