For more than 10-years, Kristina Lugo and Katie Darcy have worked together, to make a lasting impact on the lives of children in the Windy City. They have studied and developed Green Beginnings around the health of children.
Kristina and Katie believe strongly that families have a major impact on the health of their children, but the environment is also a factor.
Studies have shown that healthy children are better able to learn and positively respond to their education. That’s why the curriculum at Green Beginnings is focused on the health of the children as well as that of their environment. A foundation of health will have long-lasting and beneficial effects.
The mission of Green Beginnings is to provide a safe, supportive environment where every child is supported and encouraged to develop emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively.
By using an innovative, healthy, and eco-conscious approach, Green Beginnings strives to cultivate a love and respect for nature in every child. Green Beginnings’ enhances the special qualities of each child. Each child’s dreams and aspirations begin with the relationship built between each family and Green Beginnings.
Through everyday life experiences and interactions, children enrolled at Green Beginnings will fortify their love of lifelong learning, bridging the gap between toddlers and school.
Green Beginnings recognizes that each child has individual needs, and believes that children should develop naturally. All children will be supported and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Moreover, health is the primary focus at Green Beginnings. Health is incorporated into much of the curriculum. The curriculum not only focuses on the health of the child but also on the health of the planet.
The classrooms are divided into five age groups; Seedlings for infants, Sprouts for toddlers, Buds for 2-year-olds, Blossoms for 3-4-year-olds, and Flowers for 5-year-olds. Each program is tailored to help each child to advance within their developmental milestones. The Blossoms and Flowers program focuses on preparing children to enter school, by teaching reading, writing, arithmetic, and more.