This post comes to us from Tara Katz, Director of the Fremont Community School.
In a world full of large corporate daycare centers, it is rare for small, independent centers to open these days. It is even rarer to find a childcare center gently nestled into one of Wallingford’s 100-year-old homes. Almost five years ago Fremont Community School (FCS), a small nonprofit preschool, was able to purchase a wonderful house located in lower Wallingford, kitty-corner to The Bouldering Project on N 36 Street and Interlake. Despite the challenges of COVID and its impact on the renovation of the building, FCS steadfastly held on to their vision of creating a nurturing center focused on little children from birth to three years old, at which time they can move to our dynamic, outdoor preschool located two houses away.
Our Play-based programs are a unique blend of Waldorf Education, experiential learning, Reggio, and the Slow Parenting Movement. We recognize that a child’s developing brain needs plenty of time to observe, experiment, and gain skills and the best way for a child to gain these skills is at their own pace and interest. We aim to have children outside in the rain or shine as many hours as possible. For our youngest children this will not be as long as our older children, but we know how healthy it is, and children love it. Our center prepares a beautiful menu of (mostly) organic vegetarian and vegan food for all the children and staff, and we all sit down to eat together “family style”.
I have often toured families who are interested in our program and heard, “I wish I could go to school here.” Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have.
On June 1st, FCS Sycamore Childcare Center will welcome children into our beautiful, fully licensed center. The center offers families childcare for ten hours a day, five days a week.
For more information or to schedule a tour please visit our website: Fremontcommunityschool.org