Our Approach 

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what we do

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We integrate education, health care, and family support services and build family well-being throughout a child’s development.

We know that there are many reasons why children come to school not ready to learn: children may have experienced trauma; they may be entering school already behind in language and cognitive development; or they may face physical or mental health barriers that make it difficult to concentrate. We not only account for these barriers to learning, but actively work with families and children to overcome them.


Our team of teachers, parent coaches, health providers, community partners, and, most importantly, parents work together to make sure children can lead happy, healthy, and productive lives.

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THEORY OF CHANGE

Read our Theory of Change to see how our comprehensive approach leads to whole child outcomes.

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 Strategies

We have three core strategies that set the foundation for our work: start early, partner with parents, and integrate services.

 
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Start Early

We reach children at a critical stage in their development by working with families with children as young as 18 months and providing full-time school starting at age three. Across all of our outcome areas, we focus on promotion and prevention by providing robust universal services, like screenings, which help to identify and address needs early. In addition, we connect families to early intervention services to reduce the need for more intensive interventions later on.

partner with parents

We believe that when parents thrive, children thrive, so we support the wellness and growth of parents alongside the growth of their children. We collaborate with parents in the work of achieving positive child outcomes by sharing new knowledge and skills to engage in their child’s development, health, and education. Families set goals related to both parent and child growth, and we support them in achieving their goals through coaching, information, and linkages to community resources.

integrate services

Our unique model unites health, education, and family support, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care to address a child’s full set of needs. We leverage experts, partner with community-based organizations, and use data to ensure families receive the personalized support and services they need.

 

 LENSES

We are committed to building a program that is trauma-informed and culturally responsive.

 
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TRAUMA-INFORMED

Our work with children and families is informed by an understanding of what trauma can do to the brain and a child’s ability to learn. We promote resilience and mitigate the effects of trauma throughout our child and family programming. We also provide support services that directly address trauma.

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE

We value the cultural and community identities of all of our students, families, and staff, and we promote an anti-racist approach to combat historical narratives and a deficit mindset. Our curricula and programming provide opportunities for children and families to learn about other cultures and ways of thinking, and to explore and share their own cultural identity.

 
 

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

 
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BIRTH TO THREE PROGRAM

For new parents, we offer playgroups and a preschool readiness program to strengthen their capacity and help them identify and support their child’s developmental needs.

SCHOOL PROGRAM

We take a whole child approach to education, holding ourselves accountable to academic, health, and social-emotional outcomes. Children begin preschool at age three and can continue their educational experience with us through middle school. 

HEALTH CARE PARTNERSHIP

We partner with existing health care providers to coordinate medical care for children, complemented by our own health promotion work in school and family programs.

PARENT PROGRAM

Throughout their experience at our school, every parent and caregiver works individually with a parent coach and participates in monthly group sessions to grow their social support network, learn how to support their child’s development, and achieve their goals.


 

 OUR PARTNERS

We are proud to work with national and community partners across sectors. They help us enrich our classroom experience and offer personalized health and support services for children and families.

 
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NATIONAL PARTNERS

 

LENA Foundation

Frontiers of Innovation/Center for the Developing Child at Harvard University

REGIONAL PARTNERS

CZI’S COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

Codman Academy

Momentous Institute

Monument Academy

Oyler School

Rales Center and KIPP Harmony

Wediko School

LOCAL PARTNERS

 

 PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS