Nature-Based Preschool & Outdoor Kindergarten

Children and nature are old friends. Our nature-based programs are based on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood where the child is respected as capable and curious. Spending the majority of the day outdoors, we designed our outdoor learning environment to provide a comprehensive, engaging and sensory-rich play and learning opportunities. 

  • Emergent Curriculum - Our curriculum stems from the interests and skills of the individual child. We create experiences based on talking with children and families and what we know to be interesting to young children. Our open-ended and hand's on activities act as a jumping off point for the child that they can then use to construct their own knowledge.  


  • Projects - Working on long-term, in-depth projects provides a thorough study of concepts and ideas. Our teachers act as advisors while the children are the architects. Projects may last a week or two or the entire school year. 


  • Representational Development - Ideas are presented in multiple forms - print, art, music, movement, etc. - to ensure that all children have the chance to understand and connect with explored concept. It isn't how smart is the child, but rather how is this child smart.


  • Collaboration - To strengthen and practice key cognitive skills such as communication, critical thinking, negotiation, and initiative, children are given multiple opportunities to work in small and large groups. Each child is given a voice in order to promote balance between a sense of belonging to the group and a sense of self. 

Nature Preschool


Ages 3-6 years

Program Options:

5 Day: Monday-Friday 

3 Day: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 

2 Day: Tuesday/Thursday 

Full Day 8:00 am-2:30 pm

Half Day  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Outdoor Kindergarten 

Ages 5+ years

Monday-Friday 8:00am - 2:30pm

Tuition & Fees

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022

Half Day

9:00 am-12:00 pm

Extended Day 

8:00 am-2:30 pm

5 Preschool

$975 / month

$1300/ month

3 Preschool

$585/ month

$780 / month

2 Preschool

$390/ month

$520 / month


$1300/ month

Enrollment Fee (all programs)

$200 (due on enrollment)

After School Program

After School Program




CCMS Accepted

CCMS Application is available in English, but Spanish-speaking staff are available at CCMS to assist caregivers with this form over the phone.


CCMS Website with application:

CCMS Phone number: 817-831-0374