Woodbury School at The Strong museum offers both a preschool program for three- and four-year-old children and an early kindergarten program for four- and five-year-old children. Both programs are Reggio Emilia-inspired and are therefore responsive to the interests of the children in the class. This approach uses an emergent curriculum philosophy that encourages teachers and students to work together to plan the curriculum and create projects. Guided by teachers who facilitate their explorations, children delve deeply into topics that fascinate them and stimulate learning.
Children at Woodbury School learn and develop in playful activities set among the museum's hands-on exhibits. Small and large group activities involve art, music, cooperative games, movement, pre-reading, math, and other age-appropriate experiences.
The school is named in honor of the museum’s founder, Margaret Woodbury Strong, whose parents, John and Alice Woodbury, made the world Margaret's classroom and encouraged her to play outdoors in countless ways.
Applications for enrollment in Woodbury School are taken on an ongoing basis and enrollment is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each acadmic year runs from September through early June.