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We exist to facilitate every child's unique educational journey & to inspire a love of learning.
About Us

Paper Crown Preschool provides meaningful educational opportunities through play within a warm and naturalistic environment. Because young children are active learners who benefit most from hands-on activities, our classroom teachers approach every activity with the intention of creating a meaningful learning experience that is individualized to meet each child’s needs.


Each Paper Crown Preschool location is limited to three classrooms, providing a communal experience for families. Our curriculum and environment are influenced by Waldorf Education, Montesorri Education, and the Vygotsky Approach - Tools of the Mind. Through a blended approach, we are able to incorporate the most beneficial environmental and educational experiences from each preschool style

More On Our Curriculum & Environment

Our curriculum, Tools of the Mind, focuses on building learning-to-learn skills. These skills include but are not limited to: attending to instructions, working memory, planning, problem solving, cooperation, and flexibility. Whether resolving a conflict with a friend, telling a story, or following a new instruction, we all rely on these skills. At Paper Crown, we focus on the development of such skills while moving at a pace that is appropriate for each child. Traditional academic goals are incorporated into daily activities to ensure a balanced educational experience.

We are Rhode Island's only preschool offering the Tools of the Mind curriculum.

Even the best curriculum can fall short in an environment that is not conducive to learning. Minimalist-style classrooms that limit clutter can be the most effective for learning. When distractions are minimized, children are able to focus and engage in more intentional play, creating a more meaningful learning experience. Our classrooms are designed with soft tones, and include mostly organic materials, as well as carefully chosen play items that promote learning and social-skill building.

"Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn."
     - O. Fred Donaldson
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At Paper Crown Preschool, we also believe in the importance of time outdoors as there are lessons learned in nature that cannot be taught within the classroom.

Time spent outdoors enhances creative play, provides natural opportunities for the development of social and motor skills,  and teaches children an appreciation for the world around them.

Simply put, kids can be kids outdoors. This meaningful time gives children the much needed opportunity to run, scream, climb, make mud pies, and hunt for treasure. We spend a minimum of 2 hours a day outside, rain or shine!

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