What is the educational philosophy of your school?
Our philosophy is based on the concept of an emergent, child-centered, developmentally appropriate practice, inspired by the Reggio Emilia early childhood centers. We work toward fostering the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive needs of children by taking the time to develop a unique relationship with each family and each child that comes to our center. It is important to us to create a nurturing, safe environment that serves as an extension of the home. Each piece of the child’s life, family, environment, school, peers, and teachers, engage in powerful conversations with each other, creating a coherent, integrated learning model throughout the life of the child. The Family Cooperative has a particular vision of the child as a competent, creative thinker who actively engages in the process of making meaning about the world. Each aspect of the curriculum relates to this child and emerges out of the interests and pursuits of the children themselves.
how many classrooms do you have?
We have five classrooms (Sequoia, Magnolia, Willow, Maple, and Chestnut). The children in each classroom remain there with their cohort for the duration of the school year from August to June.
how many children are in each classroom?
We can enroll up to seven children in an Infant classroom, nine children in a Toddler classroom and fourteen children in a Preschool classroom.
How many teachers are in each classroom?
We have three full time teachers in the infant and toddler classrooms, two full time teachers in the preschool room, as well as three supporting teachers.
what are your hours and when are you open?
TFC is a school year program that is open from mid-August to mid-June. We are open daily from 7:15-4:15. We have an optional Extended Day program available five days a week from 4:15-5:30. We are also excited to add a summer program in 2024!
is snack and lunch provided?
The children bring lunch from home each day. Snacks are provided by families on a rotating schedule as part of the co-op participation. We share "family style" snack, (a carb or dairy item, and a fruit or vegetable) served by the teachers twice a day in each classroom.
what is your affiliation with bb&n?
TFC was founded in collaboration with BB&N, and is operational through the generosity of present and former BB&N teachers, staff, leadership and community. We offer priority admission to BB&N faculty and staff and exist to support these families, as well as members of the surrounding community. Admission at TFC does not relate to admission to BB&N as they are separate institutions.