Early Childhood Program


The Early Childhood Program is a rich, nurturing environment where children engage in activities that support their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Guided by Quaker principles and in partnership with parents, we provide a foundation that enables children to become lifelong learners.

Our multidisciplinary curriculum is taught through a combination of structured activities and free exploration. This integrated approach leads to an examination of literacy, numeracy and the arts, and includes projects such as cooking, book writing and dramatic play. The classes undertake topical units of group interest. Critical thinking is woven into every activity, as children make observations, discuss them, and begin to understand how similarities and differences enrich the classroom community. Equal emphasis is placed on a child’s ability to express his or her feelings and ideas in appropriate ways; on the peaceful resolution of differences; on the capacity to listen and take turns; and on each child’s ability to be a responsible member of the group.

The Early Childhood curriculum addresses the developmental skills that lead to success in Kindergarten. This includes helping children sit and listen, focus, make thoughtful choices, follow multi-step directions and self-regulate. We strive to work together, communicate often and share our insights with parents and/or caregivers. We foster a strong sense of self, positive self-esteem and problem-solving skills, and we encourage respect for all and an understanding of Quaker values.

The Early Childhood Program opens at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. with late day care available until 6 p.m. Younger children may attend four days per week. The Early Childhood Program follows the GFS school calendar and closes for winter, spring and summer vacation, as well as holidays.

GFS is an equal opportunity care provider.

Contact Information

Sarah McMenamin, Ed.D., Head

Email: smcmenamin