Day Programs

The Cambridge-Ellis Day Program runs Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (with an option for daily dismissal at noon). We serve toddlers and preschool age children in seven classrooms that are grouped according to development. The curriculum at Cambridge-Ellis School is designed to promote social and emotional, cognitive, and pre-literacy skills and to provide a foundation for the study of mathematics and science. We have great respect for children as thinkers and learners and value their contributions to joint investigations. We believe that children learn best through play, active participation and engagement with teachers, peers, and materials.


Red Room

In the Red Room, young toddlers have the opportunity to create their own knowledge through daily exploration, connections and interactions. We explore the environment through open-ended, play-based activities based on the children’s interests and play that is observed. Children form attachments to peers and teachers as they develop social, cognitive, motor and language skills.

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Blue Room

The Blue Room is for older 3 and younger 4-year-olds. Classroom curriculum is emergent—based on the interests of the children and encompasses all learning areas including literacy, math, sensory, science, block play, art, dramatic play, and physical movement. The Blue Room focuses on whole child development and supports children’s social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development as they gain important school readiness skills though play-based, experiential learning.

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Amber Room

The Amber Room is our mixed age classroom, with ages ranging from older 2's to young 4's. We use the Inquiry Approach to develop year-long studies based on the children’s interests as they explore the world around them through play and first-hand experiences. Past year-long Inquiries have been in Music, Pets, Construction, Food Preparation, and Simple Machines, to name just a few!

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Green Room

The Green Room is for 3-year-old children. Our emergent classroom curriculum is strongly influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education: Inspired by direct observation of the children at play and documented using photos and direct quotations from the children. The Green Room focuses on the development of the whole child. Through exploration, inquiry, and play, the Green Room supports the children’s social, cognitive, and motor development as they find wonder in the world around them.

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Orange Room

The Orange room is for 2-year-olds and is often the children’s first experience at our school. Here the youngest children develop the critical skills needed for their later school life (and life in general). Through play, exploration and conversation, children gain the building blocks necessary to become enthusiastic learners

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Yellow Room

The Yellow Room is for older 2-year-olds and young threes. In this room, we create a close classroom community, welcoming children from the toddler classes and children new to the school. Our Yellow Room teachers are native Spanish speakers and like to infuse the language and culture into all aspects of their day.

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Purple Room

The Purple Room is an emergent curriculum classroom for 4 and 5-year-olds. The projects and activities are based on the interests of the children and encompass areas of learning that include: science, art, math, literacy, sensory, dramatic play, and block play. Our classroom focuses on and supports every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, self-help, and physical development as they learn important skills needed for kindergarten and beyond. With over four decades of combined teaching experience, the Purple Room teachers provide unique learning opportunities and experiences for young children.

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