Early ChildhoodServing our youngest learners, ages 2, 3, and 4, with a nurturing environment to explore individual interests while establishing a firm foundation with reading, writing, and mathematics. Our talented faculty help students build the foundation upon which futures will be built.
Related ArtsIn addition to focusing on the core academic fundamentals, students have instruction in a number of related arts classes including art, world language, physical education, and religious instruction.
Extended ProgramsThe student experience extends beyond 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Extended Programs provides morning and after-school care and a robust set of enrichment activities to ensure that students have an engaging experience throughout their entire day at Heathwood Hall.
Habitat DayOur youngest students learn about habitats by exploring our 122-acre campus and being introduced to research. Students present their work at the annual Habitat Day celebration.
Building Fundamentals While Nurturing the Whole Child
At Heathwood Hall, we believe our youngest learners thrive when they know they are safe and loved, and they are provided with opportunities to explore, create, and play. In the Early Childhood program, this belief guides our work with our twos, threes, and fours, as we build a foundation for a love of learning.
Through experiential learning opportunities such as nature walks on Heathwood’s beautiful campus, exploration of a variety of hands-on materials, and organic day-to-day “teachable moments,” our youngest learners are provided with a rich and developmentally appropriate foundation in a secure and nurturing environment. Our early childhood students have access to many of the same facilities and related arts classes as our older students, including weekly library, physical education, art, music, guidance, tinker lab, and Spanish. Students enjoy a busy morning of play and learning, then relax and restore themselves during an afternoon rest time.
Heathwood is known for its deeply committed teachers who develop meaningful relationships with their students and families. We pride ourselves on knowing the unique gifts of each student, and in Early Childhood, we allow their interests and passions to become the framework for the curriculum as we lay the foundation for lifelong learning.
Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
B.A. SUNY Purchase
M.Ed. Fordham University
M.P.S. Manhattanville College
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Mary Kay Deese
ASST. Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
B.A. Furman University
M.Ed. Fordham University
M.Ed. Converse College
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