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Sprouts acorn and oak leaf logo.
Sprouts acorn and oak leaf logo.

Sprouts Art & Nature School

Sprouts offers full-day and half-day preschool classes
August – May for children ages 2 years – 6 years
with extended-day options.

"[Our daughter] has a new found appreciation of the outdoors, loves being barefoot, and her creativity and independent play skills have soared."
Sprouts Art & Nature School
Sprouts Parent

Sprouts means...

Sprouts is magical. We ensure each child gets the time and space to experience all the magic nature shows us each day.
Sprouts is a small school with only 18 students maximum at one time.
Sprouts is play-first - meaning we work to ensure that play is the most important part of each child's day - every day.
Sprouts is process-based in everything we do. Children are involved and in charge of their experience at Sprouts.
Sprouts is outside. In all weather, in all seasons, and as often as possible.
Sprouts is a small community of families. With similar aged-children and similar interests, Sprouts families make friends for life.
Sprouts celebrates nature right where we are - it isn't a place we have to visit. We can appreciate it right in the city - at Sprouts.
Sprouts is open-ended. Our toys, our art, our playground - all designed to allow for creativity and self-expression at Sprouts.
Sprouts is location-led. We are all experiencing and appreciating the nature that surrounds us in central illinois.
Sprouts is intentional. We do not do things by accident - we have planned, scaffolded, and created the environment for children to be independent, creative, and confident intentionally.
Sprouts is DCFS licensed. We are highly qualified teachers with a high quality space and our licensing ensures it.
Sprouts is green. Our eco-friendly practices include composting and compostable dishes (when reusable are not an option), reusing and repurposing, reducing waste and of course recycling!
Sprouts is mixed ages. There is no better way to learn and teach than with others that are NOT same-age peers, which is why all of our classes are children ages 2 - 5.
Sprouts is free-thinking. We are giving kids the chance to take matters into their own hands and form decisions, opinions, and interests on their own.
Sprouts kids are barefoot. Kids are experiencing the world with the soles of their feet while also building tolerance, calluses, balance, and muscle.