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Early Learners Program

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

These offerings are generally led by current and former early education teachers, with early childhood experience and expertise. They are 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 — please 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.

Week 1 (June 17-21): Water Wonders | Adelaide Zahren

Come join us for Water Wonders!  We’ll splash the day away as we learn about water dragons, mermaids, fairies, selkies, and other fantastical water creatures.  We will read stories about water creatures both familiar and new, create magical crafts, and use costumes to transform ourselves into the water creatures of our choice!

Week 2 (June 24- June 28): Water Wonders: Part Two! | Adelaide Zahren

Come join us for another week of Water Wonders- there's just so much to explore!  We’ll splash the day away as we learn about water dragons, mermaids, fairies, selkies, and other fantastical water creatures.  We will read stories about water creatures both familiar and new, create magical crafts, and use costumes to transform ourselves into the water creatures of our choice!

Week 3 (July 1-5): Summer Fun! | Kathleen McNeill | 1 space [Newly Available!]

Cryptids are interesting creatures that may or may not exist, like Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, fairies, and more! We will spend this week reading about these creatures and making crafts inspired by them. We may even make some cryptid discoveries of our own!

Week 4 (July 8-12): Cool Cryptids | Adrienne Flippin | 1 space [Newly Available!]

Campers will explore life as fairies know it during this week! We will learn all about fairies this week and create jewelry, fairy wands, pressed flower ornaments, and a fairy house. We will read books, have tea parties, dance to music, color and paint, and do special fairy crafts. This camp will nurture a love for exploring the outdoors and teach children to look for small signs of life that exist all around us.

Week 5 (July 15-19): Nature Collages | Dan Hill | 2 spaces

Get ready for a week of nature, art, and fun! In this camp we will spend time outside finding beauty in nature, and we will use what we’ve found with other art supplies to make beautiful collages and other crafts. 

Week 6 (July 22-26): Storytime Magic | Maggie Martone

Do you love fairytales? Then now is your chance to dive deep into some enchanting tales. We’ll compare and contrast different versions of fairy tale classics, write our very own fairytales, and play games inspired by our favorite stories! 

Week 7 (July 29-Aug 2): Nature Artists | Maggie Martone

There is an unlimited amount of beauty in nature. Explore multiple art mediums while using the physical world as inspiration. We'll create leaf rubbings, collages, nature drawings, and more. Each day will bring a new nature-inspired art project. We'll spend lots of time outdoors this week! We will learn about nature not only through art but also through books by authors like Eric Carle.