Camp CDS begins for children enrolled in Session 1 on Monday, June 19. We can't wait to see you! Be sure all required forms and items are in to the camp office on time so that campers may attend without delay.
News & Events
Your source to stay involved and informed with topical early childhood education research, what's going on in the classrooms and on the grounds, and upcoming events and projects.
In the event of weather closure, CDS may announce that school is closed for the full day, cancel morning classes, or dismiss early. Please refer to our Inclement Weather Policy in the full news item or your CDS Family Handbook for more details regarding each possible schedule adjustment.
With our first possibility of inclement weather on the horizon, please take a moment to review our inclement weather closure policies.
- Parent/Child classes, Lunch Bunch and ACE Programs are cancelled
- Part Day PM afternoon classes are on time
- Full Day Classes and Kindergartners arrive from 10:30-10:45 am with their lunches
When CDS closes early
- An all school e-mail notification will be sent to parents by 10:30 am
- Afternoon classes, Lunch Bunch, Do Drop In, ACE Programs, Extended Day and evening activities are cancelled
- Full day classes and Kindergartners are dismissed from 12:15-12:30
Our new Birthday Books program is now underway- read more about this special way to celebrate your child's birthday at CDS
We are pleased to introduce our new Birthday Books program. We invite you to commemorate the occasion with the donation of a book to be added to the CDS library with a special book plate in your child's honor. Please see our Birthday Books page for more details.
Dr Alison Gopnik, a leader in the study of how children learn, discussed with NAEYC her findings about how young children learn best. Read her take on the value of play and developing social and emotional skills in the full article.
Now that we are well underway in the new school year and the children have had a chance to settle into new routines, Country Day is busy with hands-on learning and exploration. Our teachers scaffold and guide learning in ways that connect with young children's natural interest in the world around them, for example extending a class interest in fall leaves and apples to include leaf rubbings, sorting apples and leaves by color and size, printing using apples as stamps, tasting and cooking apples, adopting a tree to observe throughout the year, building "Leaf Man" figures after reading a story, and much more. As these units of study shift throughout the school year, every classroom and age level is consistently focused on learning about the natural and social world. Allowing for open ended and imaginative play, using puppets and social stories, practicing cooperation and turn taking are a hallmark of our play-based program. More and more research in the field of child development points to the important role social and emotional development and allowing children to naturally learn through play. Dr. Alison Gopnik is a leading researcher on how children learn. In discussion with NAEYC, she touches on the importance of play in young children's development.
She explains: "I hear more and more from teachers that parents are in a state of panic over academic preparedness. It's hard for both parents and teachers to resist this pressure, which is coming from everywhere. What teachers can say to parents, though, is: "Play is not just some touchy-feely activity. And it's not just that you want to leave children alone and not rush them. There's hard evidence that children learn more things through play than they would in some academic setting." Children are eventually going to learn to recognize letters. But learning how people work and what's in others' minds is a much deeper and more profound learning."
See why the caring, dynamic, developmental program CDS offers is so important during the preschool years.
Harvard University Article: "The Science of Early Childhood Development"
Early childhood is a time when hundreds of neural connections are made per second. These connections provide the foundation for early learning and future well-being. The following article provides a brief overview of children's early brain development and how essential building these neural connections is during the preschool years. The Harvard University Center on the Developing Child introduces the topic by stating:
"The science of early brain development can inform investments in early childhood. These basic concepts, established over decades of neuroscience and behavioral research, help illustrate why child development—particularly from birth to five years—is a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society."
The Country Day School's experienced teachers strive to provide a safe and cognitively stimulating environment in which all aspects of a child's development are nurtured. As the following article notes in a summary of implications: "A balanced approach to emotional, social, cognitive, and language development will best prepare all children for success in school and later in the workplace and community." Join us in building a foundation for lifelong success.
Our teachers' strong knowledge of child development allows CDS to provide rich academic, social emotional and physical opportunities for children to develop the skills to succeed.
NAEYC Families Article: "A Good Preschool for Your Child- What You Do and Don't Want to See in a Preschool"
CDS offers a developmentally appropriate program which balances child-led and teacher-led discoveries.
EdSource Article: "Tools for Parents: What to look for in a preschool program"
A quality early childhood program encourages development at a pace that is challenging while building on the strengths and interests of each individual child. The teachers at Country Day School provide an appropriate balance of child led exploration and teacher led discovery while utilizing both formal and informal assessments to track a child's development over time. We value low student to teacher ratios, the majority of our teachers have a bachelor's or master's degree in education and we provide on-going opportunity for professional development. As the following article illustrates, these indicators of a high quality program help ensure future success for our young learners.
CDS may have been founded in the '60s, but (like the temperature today) our dance moves are stuck in the '90s during a Wiggly Worm class dance party. Check out our rising 4s showing off their coordination, motor skills and memory for the classic "Macarena'"moves.
Keep watching for encore performances of "The Chicken Dance" and "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)"- watch out, Dancing with the Stars!
View a splashy moment in action from the Dolphin class at Camp CDS!
With water play on the agenda daily for the rising 3s campers, every day is a great day for splashing and exploring on our playgrounds! Along with the occasional muddy puddly, our younger campers play in baby pools and sprinklers, use spray bottles and bubbles, and much more.