Today my son is 21 months. He started attending the Young School at 8 weeks and my husband and I have been very happy with our experiences. One of the things that drew me to the school was the small class sizes (6 kids) all within 3 months of age for infants/toddlers. I like that the same 2 teachers and group of kids stay together for those first 2 years. It has allowed for both my son and us to create bonds with the teachers and other parents and kids during a time when consistency and nurturing are so important. Also like the school’s REI approach which promotes independence. No bouncers or walkers means my son got complete adult attention and at 1.5 he could already drink out of a proper cup (not a sippy) and use a spoon and fork. He’s happy and independent because they provide a safe environment for him to grow in and encourage him to develop his abilities. Even for infants, the teachers write weekly lesson plans to help them grow new skills and explore and offer parent teacher conferences. As a first time parent I really valued these meetings as the teachers would go through all the appropriate age developmental milestones and we’d discuss how my son was demonstrating them. I quickly got lazy about ready books because the teachers were all so well educated, trained, and experienced, they would educate me through our conversations and encourage me to try new things at home when they knew my son was ready. The “classrooms” are rich creative environments with lots to explore and changed frequently as the children’s skill develop. The school also has separate crib rooms to help the kids sleep easier away from distractions. Their “school year” curriculum is broken up with a summer camp that includes water play and a relaxed environment. My son loves all of his teachers, even the ones that only visit for short times to provide breaks. They all know him well and drop off/pick up is often prolonged as my son wants to say hello or goodbye and give hugs to so many of the people who work at the school. I always feel comfortable dropping my son off (he is often eager to get out the door in the morning to see his teachers and friends). The teachers have become his second family and that was something I have always desired for my son while I’m away at work, that he has a safe, nurturing, loving environment to grow up in and I am confident that is what he receives every day.
4301 Raspe AveBaltimore, MD 21206
From Business: Opened in 2005, City Neighbors Charter School is located in Baltimore and serves students in kindergarten through grade eight. It offers educational classes in vari…
My son has been with The Young School since he was 8 weeks old and we have had a wonderful experience. He loves all of his teachers and they all know and care for him. It is such a comfort knowing our child is well cared for every day. The school's rules and philosophy allow my son to learn and grow in a safe environment. The classrooms provide lots of opportunities to develop the children's skills and the teachers have lesson plans to encourage the completion of developmental milestones. Parent/teacher conferences are also offered where the milestones are explained with how your child is demonstrating each skill. My wife and I are expecting our second child and will absolutely be enrolling him/her at The Young School.
This has been one of the best decisions we have made for our son. We have already reserved a spot for our newborn! Within days of starting at Young School he started to become more independent with the things a 2 year old should. He has made a great deal of friends and he always has to give his teachers hugs goodbye. The amount of love and compassion from the teachers is amazing!