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Early Learners Program

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Our longstanding Early Learners program includes a course each session for Weeks 1-7 for four and five-year-olds.

For 2022, these offerings were led by current and former early education teachers, with early childhood experience and expertise. They were assisted by a CIT and Intern each week.

Joining the Waitlist

Family plans do change between enrollment and Summer and we're glad to contact a waitlist family right up to the start of a course.

Options for Five-Year-Olds

The age range for some of our classes for older students, held elsewhere on campus, begins at five — view our weekly courses for more information.

Our Day

Early Learners classes run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Extended Day care (in a mixed grouping with students up to age eight) is available from 8:00 to 9:00 am and from 3:00 to 4:00/5:45 pm.

Our Environment

Classes take place at our Main Campus early childhood center (Campus Early School), with colorful indoor spaces and beautiful, fenced outdoor play areas. plus access to our 126-acre campus of woods, fields, and stream.

Our Early Learners classes tend to fill very quickly (even within hours of registration opening). We apologize if you end up in a waitlist situation. We will continue to brainstorm ways to enable more young children to enjoy CFS Summer Programs. Spaces remaining last updated: 2:00 pm Wednesday June 8.

Week 1 (June 20-24): Wacky Water Week - Williette Zigbuo and Kathleen McNeill | Waitlist

Water, water, everywhere! Activities will revolve around exploration with water, science experiments, and adventures in small pools and our on-campus creek. Children create beaches, relax, and have fun!

Week 2 (June 27- July 1): Design and Engineering - Williette Zigbuo and Kathleen McNeill | Waitlist

We put the excitement in S.T.E.M. education. Children dive into age-appropriate, inquiry-based, hands-on-learning through FUN designing and constructing activities using Legos, blocks, Thinker Linkers, and more!

Week 3 (July 4-8): Summer Fun! - Marit Nelson and Alex Durham | Waitlist

The warm weather provides opportunities for ice and water play, sun art, observations about the seasons and make-believe summer adventures. See how long it takes for different sized and shaped ice to melt, use water to paint the ground, watch shadows, and use them to trace and draw. This camp will celebrate all things sun and summer (even if it rains!).

Week 4 (July 11-15): Let's Make a Movie! - Ruthie Allen | Waitlist

Ever wanted to be a movie star? We’ll spend our week creating a concept for our own short film and filming throughout the week. The possibilities are endless! We’ll learn about how to build a story and make our vision come to life. At the end of the week, we’ll have a special premiere of our film for our family. Join us to meet new friends, have some fun, and make a movie!

Week 5 (July 18-22): Magical Masks and Creative Costumes - Marit Nelson | Waitlist

Paper mache masks, customized capes, animal ear headbands, oh my! In this camp we will take inspiration from stories about people and animals that transform into something else to develop our own costumes and engage in make-believe and theatrical play. 

Week 6 (July 25-29): Art of Nature - Olivia Wroth | Waitlist

This week, we will explore the relationship between nature and art! As a group, we will go on nature walks and collect materials for our art projects. The art projects will be process art! I am excited to see what the campers will create with the materials that they find. We will learn about nature not only through art but also through books by authors like Eric Carle.

Week 7 (August 1-5): Where the Animals Live - Olivia Wroth  | Waitlist

If you love animals, this camp is for you! As a group, we will learn about different animal habitats through books, songs, and sensory bins! We will talk about the differences between living and non-living things in nature, explore CFS’s 126-acre campus, and look at the natural habitats around us. After adventuring out on walks to collect different found materials from nature, we will even build our own animal habitats!