Ideal Learning Providers in Action


All children benefit from an education that helps them develop into capable people who are lifelong learners and doers. The Montessori method, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori a century ago from her work with underserved children in Rome, delivers that… Read more

Tools of the Mind

Play is a significant activity in childhood that is essential to young children’s development. Pretend or “make-believe” play, in particular, is important for building foundational skills, like executive functions and self-regulation. Yet, many early childhood providers struggle to embrace and… Read more

Reggio Emilia: Chicago Commons

Chicago Commons, a Reggio Emilia-inspired program, is providing underserved children on Chicago’s Northwest side with access to developmental early education, helping to make Ideal Learning real for more children. Chicago Commons has always been at the vanguard of early education.… Read more

All Our Kin

All Our Kin, supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and New Haven Investment Fund, works with and trains over 600 family child care providers every year, most of whom are female and ethnically diverse. All Our Kin helps aspiring providers,… Read more

Bank Street’s Children’s Programs

Active, lifelong learning is a foundational premise of Bank Street’s early childhood classrooms, including the Bank Street School for Children, the Bank Street Family Center, and Bank Street Head Start. These programs immerse even the youngest children in experiences that… Read more

Waldorf: Alice Birney School

Alice Birney School is one of the oldest existing public Waldorf programs in the United States. Located in Sacramento, CA, Alice Birney’s pre-k and kindergarten students spend their days immersed in carefully constructed environments that encourage creativity and nurture learning.… Read more

Friends Center for Children

The Friends Center for Children in New Haven, Connecticut is committed to making sure all children have access to Ideal Learning regardless of their socioeconomic status. Its executive director, Allyx Schiavone, is leading the charge. New Haven is a tale… Read more