By My Side – Our Garden Classroom Upgrades
Our playschool is housed in an 1890’s schoolhouse and is in desperate need of 11 new windows for the classrooms. Our current windows are drafty, hard to open and in disrepair. This is a time senstive project as the school is closed for a break the last week of August. Help us to keep growing our program and to provide a wholesome environment for the future leaders of Philadelphia.
By My Side seeks to support and strengthen family and community life by promoting understanding and resilience within families and communities through positive social interaction, education, networking, and community building across economic, generational and cultural lines. Our mission is to provide all families with a warm and welcoming environment in which they can enhance their children’s lives through age appropriate play while simultaneously providing a welcoming community where families can connect and expand their parenting village. By My Side is nurturing families and growing community. We are a 501c3 parenting program focused on providing quality programming and resources for children and those who care for them.
Our goal at our playschools is to create a warm, nurturing environment where children from 18 months to 5 years of age, can grow to become well-rounded learners who will develop a love for learning that will continue well beyond their stay at the playschool. Teachers create a safe space conducive to learning and encourage each child to explore new materials, and help in the child’s developing social interactions so that they may successfully foster sustained engagement with other children and adults. Children will develop their cognitive, motor, emotional and social skills through a mixture of child- centered project based and play-based activities with an emphasis of community building, self -responsibility, and connection to nature.
Our Garden is our full day playschool program. Children in this program continue to build on the foundations they have learned in Grandma’s Garden and take play-based learning to the next level. Children learn Spanish twice a week, take art and music, go outside daily to a private space for Our Garden use only and take field trips! This program is a great step for children and families who are committed to play-based learning and want to provide their children with a solid foundation before Kindergarten. It is ideally suited for ages 2.5yo to 5yo. Our Garden sessions operate from 9am – 3pm Monday through Friday with 3, 4 or 5 day options. An awesome team of educators trained in play-based and Montessori learning techniques make up our amazing staff.
By My Side is a registered 501c3 and your donation is tax-deductible as the law allows.