“If you are looking for a place where someone else takes your child by the hand, this is not that. No matter what else you are to this baby, you are a teacher. You are the one that shapes their world view by shaping their day.”
Maybe you are a first time parent seeking parenting resources, information, and support.
Maybe you are an experienced care-giver who knows the value of group play and social learning.
Maybe you are a professional care-giver who dreams of meeting with others who are involved in early childhood education.
The Play Well is a place to introduce your child to the neighborhood. It’s a center to draw to, where you will come to be recognized, share your stories, meet a friend, and play. Curriculum based, age appropriate classes give new parents and care-givers a play-group that educates adults and children.
You’re invited now to come to the Play Well and join a local community of learners as we share our experiences and questions as parents and care givers. Draw from the wisdom of ages, and the latest research in child development to help you craft your own style of parenting and care-giving. Only you know what kind of parent you want to be. Only you know what hopes you have for your child. Here is a place to share that part of yourself with the people in your community.
The Play Well was born out a desire to make playtime a more connected experience, between parents and children, children and children, and parents with parents. It’s too easy to feel alone in a crowd, not sure how to help our children form bonds in one afternoon of play. The Play Well is a place to practice forming rituals building trust and making friends over time. Play group facilitators add research based information and discussion topics to help deepen our understanding and respect for the work our children are engaged in.
Each class is led by a teacher who will share up-to-date research-based information on best practices for play, learning, and discipline. Along with the singing and playing of traditional songs and games we create space for learning why we keep these songs and rituals alive. Each newborn and child brought into the circle is participating in an act of gathering as old as humanity. The Play Well celebrates this fact.
We recognize that each person carries within them a wealth of personal experiences and knowledge, and our classes rely on your participation and sharing.
What to Expect:
- Classes run 45 to 50 minutes.
- Seating is on the floor.
- Wearing of clean socks is expected.
- Please eat before or after class.
- Adult participation is essential to the class. Child participation is encouraged, but never demanded.
- Expect to play, sing, dance, and share.
- Expect to share about your experiences as a parent or care-giver.
- Expect a supportive community of other parents and care-givers.
Visit our Classes and Curriculum page to find a day and place to visit. Then please tell us you are coming.