Why NGL?

Extraordinary results happen when you have teachers on the same team, together believing they can make a difference in the life of a child. 

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Daycare & Preschool

Nurturing Relationships

A strong attachment to a loving caregiver is the foundation for a child's development. We highly value individual relationship with each child.

Social-Emotional Development

Participation in group activities and dramatic play, with coaching from the teacher, helps develop social skills.

Play-Based Learning

Children discover and process their world through play, building the skills they'll need in the future.

Infants & Toddlers

Our infant and toddler program provides a warm, welcoming environment where babies can grow and develop. Nurturing caregivers are focused on creating experiences and opportunities that invite exploration and support the rapid and important development that is occurring in a child’s first years. 

Ages 2-4

Our preschool classrooms are inviting spaces where children are actively engaged in learning through play. We highly value play (including socio-dramatic play), the use of loose parts, and open-ended art experiences as integral to a preschooler’s development. 

We offer both full-day and half-day preschool options. 

 

Curriculum Components

Mixed-Age Interaction

Children of different ages have much to offer each other. Older students gain empathy and leadership skills. Younger students benefit from having older friends who can scaffold their learning to the next level. Each daycare classroom is paired with an elementary or pre-K classroom to participate in shared activities. We make a special effort to allow siblings to spend time together.

Service Learning

All students participate in service learning activities. These include cleaning up trash, planting flowers at the park, distributing neighborhood newsletters, packing Christmas gifts for children in need, and singing for the elderly. Service learning projects are an excellent way to help students contribute positively to their local and global community.

Socio-dramatic Play

Socio-dramatic play is the highest form of play and occurs when children engage with each other in pretend play, finding roles and solving conflicts mostly on their own. Since this type of play develops only with enough time, a block of at least 40 minutes of uninterrupted free play is scheduled most days. Socio-dramatic play develops skills such as self-control, empathy, and planning.

Process Art

Open-ended process art experiences are available for the children to participate in daily in the 3's and 4's classrooms. Process art focuses on the process of creating rather than a finished product. Children are encouraged to think creatively, express their emotions, work both independently and collaboratively, and develop fine motor skills.

Sensory Play

Our daycare teachers frequently provide engaging sensory play opportunities for the children. Input through the fingertips is linked to brain growth. Sensory play provides endless learning possibilities, such as concepts of volume and size, one-to-one correspondence, and fine-motor skill development. Another benefit of sensory play is its calming effect.

Language & Literacy

A collection of books exploring many subjects and representing diverse cultures and ethnicities is available in a cozy reading nook in each classroom. Children are given the opportunity to explore many writing tools. In our 3's and 4's classrooms, each child has a journal in which they can draw and dictate/begin to write stories.