Piper’s Philosophy
Developmental or Academic, right?  Yes, that’s the hot question… but only part of it. In terms of an educational philosophy, we created a blended approach that provides children with the best of both. Beginning with an emergent curriculum, children are gradually exposed to components of traditional education as they progress through the school. We think, we re-think, we create, and we listen.  We do what makes sense, and promise never to become complacent.

The Piper philosophy, however, extends beyond the curriculum. We love what we do, and put our hearts into every detail. Our administration consists of seven… three former parents, one current, one former teacher, an expert in our wide-spread community, and an all-star who had thirty years on us before we broke ground. As for our teachers, they are our village – the one it takes. And boy, are they amazing.

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Infant-Toddler Program | 6 weeks-2.6 years*
Parents join in a group setting with their child… kids play, parents talk, friendships form. Classes are divided into a 4-month age range and meet once per week, offering experiences for your child and opportunities for you to talk about topics of concern and interest.  The Infant-Toddler Program is designed to allow you and your child to get to know the school, the setting, and the teachers, before transitioning into the preschool.  This is where the Piper family begins.

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Infant-Toddler Enrichment | 4 months-2.6 years*
Enrichment classes such as Music and Messy Art for infants and toddlers are also available. This is a great way to get to know our school, and begin your preschool journey. Caregivers are welcome.

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*Babes-in-arms are welcome to attend any Parent & Me and Enrichment classes with older siblings until they reach six months old.  Babies older than 6 months must be enrolled in our program and may attend age-appropriate Enrichment classes, Sibling Parent & Me classes or age-appropriate Parent & Me classes.

Preschool | 2 years-4 years
The first year of preschool reflects the principles of Reggio Emilia. As new materials are introduced, the curriculum adjusts along with the needs and interests of the children. But let’s all take a quick minute as we discuss the curriculum of a toddler. We could use all the fluffy rhetoric, but here’s the thing. Will we monitor milestones and track development? You betcha. Ultimately, though, this is a process – not a product. The real goal is for your child to build confidence, respect others, and have fun.

As children enter their second year of preschool, the framework is built upon our environment. Beginning with a child’s room and eventually taking things global, children dive into a variety of settings around the world. Each unit balances a progression towards school readiness with the flexibility for long-term projects and child-driven interests.


Pre-Kindergarten | 4.1 years-Kindergarten
PreK, DK, TK, OMGK… Regardless of what you call it, it’s what you do that counts.

The year before Kindergarten is an incredible time of growth. As we relish the innocence of preschool, we’re also propelling our children into a whole new world. It is our job to give them the tools to take it on with their heads held high. To best prepare them for a successful transition, our Pre-Kindergarten program is designed to allow children to experience the setting of an elementary school. Click below to find out how and why we do what we do.

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