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Discover the distinct perspective of running a Nature-based Day Care or Preschool with a family child care license. Are you currently running a home-based Day Care or preschool but want to incorporate more of a nature-based pedagogy? Are you looking to start up a nature-based program? Resources will be provided for those considering starting their own program or adding nature-based approaches to their existing home-based program. Come see how two different educators created indoor and outdoor classrooms, incorporated regular visits to natural spaces, and attracted clients into state-licensed programs. Bring all your questions so we can discuss it as a group at the close of the presentation.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Jessica Clayton, Riverside Rhymes Nature Playschool, Brick, NJ Jessica Clayton runs a licensed home based nature play school called Riverside Rhymes Nature Playschool. She is a NJ certified preschool through third grade & Kindergarten to 5th grade teacher. She is the secretary for the Eastern Region Association of Forest & Nature Schools, and was the honored recipient of their Wonder Award in 2017. She serves on her local board of education and runs the Facebook group, Nature Preschool Ideas & Community.
Rhonda Pollock, Pollywogs Nature Playschool, Nantucket, MA
Rhonda Pollock is the director of Pollywogs Nature Playschool, which is a licensed nature-based preschool at her home. She also runs a forest school program, an after-school nature club, and a summer nature camp. Rhonda has extensive experience in early childhood education as well as child social services. In August 2018, Rhonda earned her Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten Teacher Certification at Cedarsong Nature School on Vashon Island, WA with the esteemed Erin Kenny, which further inspired her approach to immersive outdoor nature play. She currently she serves on the Early Childhood Advisory Council for the Nantucket Community School and on the Board of Directors for Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Rhode Island College.