Little Hearts

Nurturing growth for a strong educational foundation.

Little Hearts is Stone Ridge’s co-educational Early Childhood Program
(Infants & Toddlers through Preschool).

The Little Hearts program is for children ages three months through three and a half years of age for faculty and staff of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart. There is sometimes room for siblings of current students, children of alumnae, and occasionally students not yet affiliated with the Stone Ridge community.

Our Little Hearts classrooms are places of engagement and wonder for the hearts and minds of very young children to grow in all areas: social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual.

This is where the love of learning begins in our Sacred Heart family.

Little Hearts Philosophy

The Stone Ridge Little Hearts classrooms engage the hearts and minds of young children using developmentally appropriate practices based on information about how children develop and learn, their individual strengths, interests and needs and their family cultures and community. They learn to ask questions, solve problems, respect themselves, and care responsibly for others. Our cognitive expectations, taught through researched-based best practices, The Creative Curriculum and project-based learning promote exploration within a structured and nurturing learning environment.

Our teachers create opportunities for child-centered inquiry, for purposeful play in support of essential learning, for building community with children in the classroom, and for children to construct their own knowledge. Constant and close student observation and assessment guide the teachers in reflective and purposeful planning and teaching. When children move on from the Little Hearts classrooms at Stone Ridge they are able to transfer their social, emotional, and cognitive skills to their future school and life experiences.

Questions about the Little Hearts program should be directed to Meghan Ellis, Director of Early Childhood Education.