Summer News

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Come bright butterfly, close to me,
Your beautiful wings I should like to see.
You fly like a bird, you sip like a bee,
But you’re really a flower the wind set free!

 

What an amazing year we have had at Mariposa! I am so pleased to share with you some of the wonderful work being done at Mariposa with your support and generosity!

This year we opened an additional classroom, one that serves 18 children ages 3-5 in a full day, full year program providing more children and families with access to a community program focused on play, social-emotional growth and an appreciation for nature and language development.

David Sobel, renowned author, professor at Antioch University, and play-based education advocate visited our program to learn more about our urban based, nature-inspired curriculum. As a result, we were invited to collaborate on several exciting educational and professional development events. Most recently, presenting at the In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Education conference in Boston.

In May 2015, the Mind and Life Institute, invited our team of professionals to participate in a Call to Care, a new educational research initiative inspired by their co-founder, the Dalai Lama.This is a tremendous opportunity for Mariposa faculty to deepen our core values and enhance our capacity to offer professional development to other early childhood educators.

In June 2015, we celebrated our sixth Year End Celebration. This event is always bittersweet for us at Mariposa, as we reflect on the amazing journey of our children and families, the tremendous work and dedication of our teachers and as we say goodbye to our Pre-Kindergarten children who move on to the next step of their educational journey, Kindergarten!

Also in June, Mariposa was featured in an article on GoLocalProv.com An Urban Preschool Grounded In Nature. We were so thrilled to be able share the wonder, learning and joy of our programs with all who read the article.

The demand for our program is so great that this year we have added a summer program, which will provide much needed quality programming to families who must work to support their family. Each week the children will explore a different theme, which is woven into the rhythm of the day through story, circle, songs, activities, adventures, crafts, and games.

The latest scientific research tells us that the two most crucial factors for healthy development in children from birth to five are the quality of adult relationships and quality of environment. These two factors form the heart of our work and provide the resources by which young children can thrive.

Many people do not realize that all children enrolled at Mariposa receive financial support at some level, many receiving significant scholarships. With the many challenges facing families today and the demand for superior programs you, our Mariposa community, have an amazing opportunity to make a lasting and significant difference in a child’s life, to support their healthy growth and development and help break the cycle of poverty.So much depends on giving our children a strong foundation for growth, so thank you for all of your support over the years, all of us at Mariposa are truly grateful.With warm wishes for a wonderful summer,

Zoe McGrath