KEENE - The Little Peaks Preschool Program, which first opened in 1993, is celebrating the start of its 20th school year.
The school, started because the existing preschools in Lake Placid and Elizabethtown were too far away, originally surived on tuition and bake-sale-funded scholarships. It's now supported by a modest endowment fund with the Adirondack Community Trust, state money through the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program and grants that help families in need.
Little Peaks' trained teachers provide an early education program that draws on the theories and practices of historical traditions such as Maria Montessori, Rudolph Steiner's Waldorf schools, Reggio Emilia and newer place-based education theorists like David Sobel and Richard Louv.
A little boy who was part of Keene’s Little Peaks Prescbool Program shows off a basket of potatoes he helped pick.
(Photo courtesy of Little Peaks)
Little Peaks teachers and volunteer grandmothers strive to nurture a child's natural curiosity by providing direct hands-on experience with people, objects, events and ideas. Little Peaks teachers ensure that students are taught practical skills and spend time outside doing things like making maple syrup, picking apples and making applesauce and digging potatoes in a local resident's garden.
There are a few spots still open for preschoolers this year. Anyone interested should contact Nan Amstutz at 518-946-2662.