Because they contribute to the overall physical, cognitive, and emotionaldevelopment of children, nature-oriented playgrounds help children:
- score higher on tests for
concentration and self discipline
- experience more diverse play
- exhibit less aggressive behavior
- strive toward advanced motor
Our CampusCACC is located on a 90,000 square foot campus, where our two buildings house 15 modern classrooms.
CACC's literacy-rich classrooms foster the early development and interest in reading, writing, math, science, and critical thinking skills. Computers support learning activities in the preschool classrooms. In addition, each classroom has a library, Reading Center, and Lending Library.
We have recently invested over $2 million to renovate our facilities to create state-of-the-art classroom space, including computers, better play and teaching space, improved lighting and amenities. These improvements were designed to promote optimal learning for young children.
Outdoor Learning Center
- In an effort to help children learn in many different forms, CACC is taking a leadership position to be one of the first organizations in the City of Boston to create a “natural playground". The Natural Playground Learning Center is an innovative project targeting children's physical, cognitive and social emotional development. It offers special combinations of safe, fun, and challenging play and exercise opportunities while also providing settings for teaching about nature, science, math, and general well-being.
This multi-use outdoor facility provides a variety of opportunities for our students—focusing particularly on healthy physical and cognitive development. In addition to the benefits of physical exercise which can benefit the challange of childhood obesity, the educational feature is an essential component of the facility, which permits teachers to extend the interior classroom to the outdoors. There are opportunities to use numbers in a variety of ways; understand biology by planting and caring for flowers and trees; plot the sun's shadows as the earth revolves;
The Center reopened the Wiley Playground in May 2010 after a year of renovation to build the natural playground. These renovations were Phase I to bring this innovative approach to the school. Additional fundraising and planning is being done to expand the size and scope of the project at the Center. For more information on these plans or to support this project, please contact Myra Oria.
Bay Cove Early Intervention
Boston University School of Dentistry
Boston Nature Center
Child Care Choices of Boston Early Intervention Program
Children’s Services of Roxbury
Family Services of Greater Boston
Home for Little Wanderers
MA Dept of Early Education & Care
MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
New England Eye Institute
Roxbury Community College
United Way of Mass. Bay
Urban College (ABCD)