Eco-Healthy Childcare

Infant & Toddler Care

Mixed Age Education

At Green Sprouts, our early care programs are far more involved than you’ll see in a typical “child care” or “day care” facility. And we view the infants and toddlers in our care as far more than a baby who simply needs food, changing, some cuddles and naps.

One of the many things that sets the Green Sprouts program apart from the status quo is the embracing of the Educaring ® model which incorporates an atmosphere of trust, respect and freedom to allow each child to grow and develop according to his or her own nature.

While encouraging play, problem solving, and self-discovering, the atmosphere is one of consistency and security where babies feels safe even as they reach out into their ever-expanding world.

In our care, a foundation begins to form that will support self-confidence, peace, awareness, curiosity, ever-growing interest and competencies while keeping them safe and protected.

At the same time, there is a structure that all parents (and children) appreciate as we adhere to routines that your baby feels comfortable with. When you first enroll your little one, you will let us know about your baby’s natural sleeping rhythms and daily activities. You will visit our center where we will get to know one another and where you will learn more about our philosophy and curriculum.

And beyond the curriculum, the center itself is endorsed by the Oregon Environmental Council as an Eco-Healthy and Eco-Friendly center – one of only 4 in New Hampshire, and less than 800 nationwide.

This means that your baby is playing, eating, learning, and sleeping in an environmentally healthy atmosphere free from perfumes, toxic cleaners, and aerosols, among other considerations.

To learn more about the philosophies that shape our curriculum and approach, continue to browse our site (see the Educaring ® and Pickler Approach links at the right), and learn more about our Child Care Enrollment Process here.

Less is more

Less talking more observing
Less clutter more minimalistic
Less intervening more focus
Less teacher initiated, more child initiated
Less praise, more encouragement
Less interruption, more concentration
It has been my observation over the years that children who have too many things have a harder time playing peacefully and learning to share than children who have less.

— Hammond, Ruth Anne. Respecting Babies: a New Look to Magda Gerber’s Approach. Zero to Three.
Washington, DC. 2009