New Day School is a non-profit preschool, child care center and kindergarten, which provides universal, non-denominational education . Our school is a Neo-Humanist pre-school which is dedicated to the holistic development of the mind, body, heart and spirit, through the cultivation of creativity, intellectual faculties, ethical values and intuition of the children and teachers. Our education teaches respectful & loving service to all beings of this universe. Our curriculum is based on these very principles of Neo-Humanist Education (www.gurukul.edu) New Day School offers year round child care, with vegan meals provided. Before and after care are included in monthly tuition. New Day offers full day preschool program (hours of operation: 8:00-4:30 M-F) with part week options and after-care. We are a state certified childcare facility, serving children 2 -7 years. New Day offers a sliding scale fee schedule to open our preschool program to as many families as possible. Our tuition structure includes a set amount of parent work hours per quarter, which helps foster the value of service, as well as promotes a lovely connection between families and the school.Highlights of our school Circle of Love, Meditation & YOGA- Our preschool program starts the day with a morning circle that is based on a seasonal theme that incorporates an ethical value, such as Helping Hands, Nature Study, Service to others, Inner Light, and Kind Deeds. Our children gather in a circle in their classroom, remove their outdoor shoes and settle in, for their teacher to use story telling, finger-plays & song as the basis for their lesson of the day. Each story has an ethical value woven in. During this circle time the children also get to experience meditation, as well as yoga poses that relate to the stories. The children enjoy visualizing & discussing the people & things in their circle of love, during circle time, as well as sharing this sentiment with their parents and other family members when they go home.Play based Curriculum -The morning circle is followed by a period of free play and a guided activity- bread baking, painting, finger knitting, cleaning & care of classroom materials and other focused hand work. Our preschool ratio is 8:1. Materials New Day school uses classroom materials that come from nature. There is an emphasis on objects that have multiple uses, to stimulate imaginative play. Small stones and shells, simple capes, and handmade dolls, are among the favorite play things.Gardening & Nature Study Once a week the children are led in gardening project by our organic gardener. We are blessed with a large vegetable garden on our grounds, as well as a Children's Garden right in the center of our play yard! New Day children go out everyday, rain or shine! The children are free to work and play in the garden and nibble on the bounty of our harvest year round! Many visitors are delighted and surprised to hear our little three year olds say "I am going to pick some calendula!" or readily identify the plants around them. Our garden is fed by our compost program, which utilizes the children's table scraps, and nourishes our bin of red wiggler worms. Through these practical applications our children learn the value and interconnectedness between humans and the plant world. We enhanced our outdoor space by building a Cob sanctuary, that serves as a sweet little earthen outside classroom, as well as a meditation space & break space for teachers. This project was completed by our teachers, children & volunteers from the greater community!Meal Service Our meal service is a point of pride! We offer wholesome vegan snacks and a hot lunch everyday. Our food is lovingly prepared in our school kitchen with an emphasis on whole foods. Lunches feature a bean, grain and two vegetables each day, snacks offer a grain/fruit or vegetable.To Schedule a tour or place your child on our wait list, please contact our office team M-F 8:00-5:30 @ 503-231-7425 or send an email at: email@example.com. Tours are by appointment only.