We believe that the optimal way for young children to learn is through long periods of time spent in free play.

Research has consistently shown classrooms that offer children the opportunities to engage in play-based and child-centered learning activities help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
— Christopher Brown of University of Texas at Austin “Kindergartners Get Little Time to Play: Why Does It Matter?

Our program serves as a place where childhood is rich and authentic

...a place where children can follow their natural drive to grow and learn about the world around them

...a place where children are permitted to follow their creative and imaginative instincts

...a place where children are given time and support to develop their own problem solving skills

...a place where children are trusted to refine their personal risk assessment skills

...a place for a child to be a child.

If it hasn’t been in the hand, the body, or the heart it can not be in the brain.
— Bev Bos

Bloom Children’s Center is developed around the understanding that children learn through play experience. Research (as well as our own experience) has shown that play is what is most developmentally appropriate and crucial for success in learning at the preschool age. 

Our school community serves as a safe and secure environment for children to develop a sense of wonder and belonging. We desire for children to enter our space with curiosity and confidence, enabling them to act creatively and independently in play experiences. We strive to maintain an environment conducive to uninhibited play.

In accordance with our foundational belief in play, we consciously choose to avoid direct academic instruction and prioritize play and exploration.

In play, a child is always above his average age, above his daily behavior; in play, it is as though he were a head taller than himself.
— Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934)