Immersive nature-based education in Albany - 510 Families

Immersive nature-based education in Albany

We’re excited to have One Square Smile School as a sponsor.

For East Bay families with children two-years nine months to five-years-old, One Square Smile is a new morning preschool program that offers nature-based, immersive education in Albany’s beautiful parks (in a location convenient to I 80).

Their home base is in Ocean View Park where they’ll have have access to a community garden, a beautiful grove of redwood trees, a large grassy area, a traditional playground, and a lovely classroom in the event of unsafe weather.

Changing seasons and children’s evolving interests mean every day is a bit different; and every twelve-week session offers new opportunities for learning through play. Young children learn to appreciate the natural world through mindful outdoor experiences driven by their own curiosity. Join the other little ones as they explore every inch of Albany’s one square mile including Ocean View Park, Albany Hill, and Albany Bulb.

Kids playing with sticks in dirt
Children playing with sticks and dirt enjoy and appreciate the natural world | Photo: Albany One Square Smile School

Enroll in One Square Smile, Albany

Enrollment for this pioneering outdoor preschool program is either two or four days per week from 9 am to noon in twelve week blocks. Fees are currently $720 twelve weeks of two days or $1440 for twelve weeks of four days. Choose Monday/Wednesday; Tuesday/ Thursday; or Monday – Thursday.

One Square Smile is accepting a limited number of afternoon Kindergarten students at Cornell Elementary and will drop the students off at at 11:45 am each day.

The first 12-week session begins on September 23, 2019. Ask for pro-rated tuition if you join after the first day.

Albany Hill Swing
Albany Hill Swing | Photo: Anna Azimi

About One Square School

Danielle Brownlie and Heather Posner founded the first museum preschool in California at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Through One Square Smile School they are bringing their years of expertise in nature education experiences for young children to the village of Albany.

Learn more about The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy >

We thank the City of Albany and One Square Smile School for their sponsorship.

[Photos by City of Albany and Anna Azimi as indicated; used with permission]

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