Sprouts is an urban nature micro-preschool - that you won't find any place else.
Sprouts Family Daycare opens as a group home daycare in Caity’s central Champaign home, licensed by Illinois DCFS for up to 16 children – including Caity’s three children and Ellen’s very new baby.
Sprouts makes the move to 1403 W Springfield Ave – still in the heart of Champaign – and now licensed as a Daycare Center by Illinois DCFS for 18 children.
Sprouts continues to merge play, nature, and art for children. With a focus on urban nature, process-based art, and extended free play, Sprouts hopes to inspire imagination, wonder, and interest in nature in the community .
Kids at Sprouts are...
Led by mother nature, discovered by children, facilitated by teachers.
At Sprouts, we bring art & nature together for children to connect the creativity of art with the beauty of nature, building a core appreciation of each. We play hard, learn to fall, and celebrate getting back up!
full day preschool
At Sprouts children spend most of their time in free play on the nature playground – and occasionally the indoor classrooms – building, creating, and playing with natural loose parts. From arrival to departure, many children choose to spend most of their day at play.
snacks & stories
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon, children are invited to eat a snack and listen to a story depicting the topic of interest. Children are not required to participate, but most enjoy the discussion and new discoveries.
During the play period children are also invited in small groups to participate in a process-based art project. Creating sculptures from homemade clay, preserving autumn color leaves in wax, and choreographing a butterfly ballet are just a few of the many projects created at Sprouts.