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Children & Company Cooperative Nursery School

5355 Phelps Luck Drive
Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 992-4644


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our educational approach centers on the premise that “children's play is their work”. We believe that children learn more effectively when their activities are self-chosen and self-directed and directly connected to their own life experiences.
At Children and Company, each child will be able to make choices and follow his or her own interests. The atmosphere of free exploration will allow each child to develop her or her creative potential. Through natural and logical consequences of his or her choices, the child will learn personal responsibility.
While remaining true to our roots and the spirit of our guiding philosophy, we acknowledge and respect a child's need for security in his/her environment. A child needs to trust in adults who provide caring guidance with few, but firm limitations. A child needs a sense of belonging, fostered by whole class and small group activities, as well as a predictable routine in the school day. Routine provides a dependable framework within which children will feel comfortable as they play, learn, and explore.
Excerpted from the preschool's website