Children’s Institute for Learning Differences (CHILD)
Renton, Washington

The mission of CHILD is to promote social, emotional, and academic development for children with special needs. This nonprofit organization provides innovative, therapeutic day-school services; pediatric clinical therapy services for students and private clients (ages 3-18); and support and training for parents and professionals. CHILD serves approximately 50-60 full-time students — placed by parents or in partnership with up to 20 school districts — who live in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Kitsap counties and commute daily to the Renton campus.

St. Columba’s Nursery School
Washington, DC

At St. Columba’s the teachers guide and support their students as they grow in self-sufficiency, motivation to learn about and explore the world around them, and in becoming eager collaborators in the classroom. The best preparation for on-going school and for life is to help children learn to take care of themselves and their belongings, to express themselves in acceptable ways, and to learn the give-and-take of leadership and collaboration.

Half of each school day is spent outdoors. The large well-equipped playgrounds with their paved areas for riding vehicles, wide-open slopes for sledding and rolling hoops, places to dig and burrow, sandboxes, gardens, running water, slides, climbing structures and swings has no equal in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

Since 1959 St. Columba’s has been a haven for childhood, embracing play as the child’s most natural and effective way of learning. Carol Stock Kranowitz was the music, movement, drama, and playground teacher here for 25 years (1976-2001) and considers it her sensory home. Please plan a visit to see children of all abilities enjoying a rich, joy-filled, and exuberant first school experience.

The Wolf School
East Providence, Rhode Island

The Wolf School inspires complex learners to discover confidence, compassion, and a love of learning to reach their full potential.

The Diener School
Bethesda, Maryland

Providing a nurturing yet challenging environment for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade with learning differences that supports academic and social needs and inspires minds for a lifetime.