We do this by eliminating the cost of building, renovating and maintaining a child care facility.
We break down the schoolhouse walls and take the classroom outdoors.
That means instead of spending a huge amount on bricks and mortar we spend money on what matters:
hiring and supporting great teachers.
By removing the startup costs of a facility, Tiny Trees is able to build a network of schools in city parks across Seattle, around the northwest, and beyond.
This network of schools makes Tiny Trees accessible to all families with revenue from higher income communities supporting students in lower income ones. This means everyone can have access to the same high quality education.
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In fact, Tiny Trees is a scale up of an innovative, proven concept. Started in Europe, outdoor preschools have shown to be healthier, more affordable and able to reach great academic outcomes. Tiny Trees is modeled after outdoor preschools in Norway, Germany and Denmark, three countries where the weather can get really cold.
In fact, it is already happening here. In 2006 Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten opened on Vashon Island, WA offering year round nature preschool in an outdoor classroom.
To keep our kids warm in a Seattle winter everyone will be provided with an award winning rain suit and rubber boots from our partners at Oakiwear at no cost. We combine the right clothing with a play based curriculum that keeps kids moving and warm while helping them build important executive functions like impulse control, perseverance and empathy.
The best part is that Tiny Trees gives kids a vibrant, nature rich childhood: one full of play, adventure & wonder. Imagine a childhood hunting for bugs, learning bird songs and baking the ultimate mud pie. In an outdoor classroom lessons have a natural magic: instead of counting marbles children collect and count acorns; to learn colors, geometry and fine motor control children use paintbrushes to spread pollen between flowers and record the color, shape and number of petals to share with the class; and with a pile of leaves and twigs they build sculptures and art that reflect the wilds of their imagination.