Sprouts aims to help grow the next generation of environmentalists. -Caity & Ellen

Our goal at Sprouts is to help children connect with art, nature, and each other on a base level through exploration, creation, and imaginative play. For more about daily life at Sprouts, you can take a virtual tour and view our daily schedule.

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exploration: nature

Free play in nature is less frequent but more important than ever, and at Sprouts, our outdoor classroom is in use for multiple hours most days of the year.

This outdoor classroom is where children can discover some of the amazing things that central Illinois nature has to offer. We actively encourage children to observe, respect, and engage with nature and natural materials.

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creation: art

Sprouts allows free access to art supplies in addition to more structured art activities. The art area is constantly re-stocked with glue, tape, paper, cardboard, and other rotating materials for children to use as they please.

Our structured art activities are focused on the process of creating to encourage imagination and personal representation.

imagination: play

Sprouts provides lots of free-play time with high-quality open-ended materials.

Free play is the foundation of Sprouts. Free play allows children to grow their creative, social, leadership, and physical skills in a natural and authentic way.

Our indoor classrooms are carefully arranged to be inviting, engaging, and to promote independence.

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