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Sprouts is an urban nature & art micro-school, a unique place found only in Champaign, IL.

An elemental childhood experience.

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outside

At Sprouts, kids spend 80% of the day and 80% of the year outside where they develop a fondness for their environment that cannot be replicated indoors.

small

With a maximum of 18 kids in attendance, Sprouts kids and families form deep-rooted relationships lasting far beyond preschool. Find out more about why size matters.

urban

Sprouts is located in the heart of the city of Champaign, allowing kids to experience nature as a part of their daily lives. Nature isn't just a place to visit - it's all around us. Learn more about our philosophy.

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endless nature

Kids at Sprouts spend their days immersed in natural elements and seasonal events establishing wonder and appreciation for all that Central Illinois nature has to offer. Learn why nature is a key component of childhood.

boundless art

Process-based art projects with a wide variety of materials, methods, and mediums allow Sprouts kids to engage their creativity and individuality.

limitless imagination

Sprouts provides large chunks of free play time, where kids can choose, engage with, and explore natural loose parts and open-ended materials, create a space for independence and imagination to grow.

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You won't find another school like Sprouts.

the programs

Sprouts offers three school-year programs in Champaign: morning preschool, full-day childcare, afternoon preschool; and summer camp opportunities.

the schedule

Sprouts kids are provided the time to explore nature and develop relationships, the materials to create art and expand creativity, and the space to immerse in play and grow imagination each day.

Sprouts was developed and designed to provide children with an essential childhood experience. Our staff, mission, philosophy and environment intersect to create this truly magical adventure.

Our admission process at Sprouts, like our school, isn't one you've seen before. As a very small school, we are looking for families invested in the Sprouts experience, balance in our classrooms, and a great family-school fit.
We'd love to connect! Whether you have questions, ideas, requests, or donations Caity & Ellen personally answer every email.