Simplicity Learning provides child development education and community for parents, teachers, and care providers.
Simplicity Learning envisions a world where childhood is protected and caregivers feel supported and successful.
We are Community, Connection, and Support
In the past, children were raised in a "tribe": co-parents, extended community, and elders. These days parents, teachers, and other care providers often feel very alone in their work.
We consciously created a modern day version of a co-parenting community, or tribe, where adults come for support and answers about parenting and working with children.
Our work is done solely by volunteers. Each member of our organization chooses the schedule and tasks that are most fulfilling and within their skill set. Our Board of Directors are unpaid; they generously donate their expertise in non-profit and educational institution governance.
Every person who comes to work in support of our organization does so because they believe in the community and mission. Those who come looking for connection and support find a welcoming space.
We are Research-Based and Developmentally Appropriate
We believe in protecting childhood and adult-child attachment. We help parents, teachers, and caregivers be more informed about what children need based on research in emerging fields such as interpersonal neurobiology, epi-genetics, resiliency, and attachment-based development. Some our favorite resources include Gabor Maté, Lucy Jane Miller, Gordon Neufeld, Kim John Payne, and Dan Siegel.
Our co-teachers and coaches are passionate about continuing education. By continually deepening our own understanding of child development we confidently meet the needs of our community.
We are Intentional and Mindful
Our learning environment is deeply cared for to optimize receptivity and healthy behaviors. We maximize natural light, work in an uncluttered environment, and welcome everyone with organic tea!
We believe time spent in nature as well as rigorous large movement experiences are critical to healthy development. We believe music, free play, and artistic expression nurture all human beings.
We reuse and recycle materials as often as we can. Members of our community have donated much of our furnishing, decor, and toys. We utilize a local credit union and other local businesses when possible.
We are Inclusive
Simplicity Learning is dedicated to including every person, child, family, and care provider who is interested in learning and growing together in the scope of our work.
We do not discriminate based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, class, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, marital status, religion, creed, or the presence of any disability that we can reasonably accommodate in the delivery of our services.
We are Simplicity
Our intention in all we do is to model simplicity and sustainability for parents, as well as for children. We do this through our rhythm and rituals at snack time, our creative free play with open-ended materials, and the predictability and comfort of our tea and conversation in weekly programs.
In our classes with children and parents, we follow the same rhythm every time we come together and end the day. This ensures a peaceful transition and space for children and caregivers to meet.
The toys in our space are few and simple. Our focus is modeling simple playthings and environments as an alternative to clutter and overwhelm.
In our adult-only events we nurture the nurturers - a small respite from the daily life of caring for and raising children.