Early Childhood Program
Swallowtail offers an Early Childhood Program for infants through age six:
Parent-Child Classes are for children from birth to age 3 to be attended with a parent or guardian. Classes are held on Fridays from 9am-11:30am.
Pre-School is for 3-year old children who are toilet independent. Classes are held Tuesday-Thursday from 8:45am-12:45pm.
Mixed Age Kindergarten for ages 4-6 year old children. Classes are held Tuesday-Friday from 8:45am-12:45pm.
Children ages 3-6 may also participate in the Nature Monday outdoor education at our Farm Campus. The hours for that program are also 8:45am-12:45pm. Please see the Nature Monday page for more information.
At Swallowtail, we recognize the significance of the growing years to the young child. We provide a learning environment filled with warmth, joy, imagination, simplicity, and safety. We strive to create an environment that supports and nourishes all areas of your child's development.
The Early Childhood Program works as an extension of the home - a place where the child is comfortable and safe; a place that builds confidence, character, and social independence. We embrace childhood as a time of rapid development in the discovery of the child and the child's relationship with the world.
The teachers take great care in planning both indoor and outdoor exploration. A rhythm is created that guides the child's days, weeks, and year through activities that are meaningful and that the child can embrace in an age-appropriate manner. In most cases, we like for children to be age 6 by June 1st of the year they begin Grade 1.