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The Learn. Play. Grow. Center 

The best in early education, free to the public on Saturdays at Corlears School.

We're getting back together in a big (and safe!) way. Join us as we play, dance, sing, and learn together with four exceptional NYC partners in health and creativity. Everyone is invited, but space is limited!

Learn. Play. Grow.
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What Is Learn. Play. Grow.?

We founded the LPG Initiative to bring together Corlears School's expertise and facilities with a coalition of community-minded businesses and organizations in an effort to create broader inclusion of the diverse New York City community of children and their families through access to open play and engaging activities.

During LPG Saturdays, you'll find:

  • Access to classrooms and our school’s beautiful backyard playground 
  • Free arts-based classes
  • Free STEAM classes
  • So much more!

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In addition to our current lineup, we have some exciting plans for LPG! Subscribe to receive the Learn. Play. Grow. newsletter and be the first to know about new programming, events, and more.

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Learn. Play. Grow. Programming

For 13 Saturdays between October and May, we have a wide selection of free programming available for your family. Most Saturdays follow the same schedule, and you can scroll down for programming details.

Please note that registration is required for ALL Learn. Play. Grow. activities. We hope to see you soon! 

Ongoing Schedule for LPG Saturdays

9:45–10:30 a.m.: Love Child Music and Movement (Family Activity)

10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Arts for All Theater Class (ages 4-7)

1:00–3:00 p.m. Giant Room STEAM Activities (Family Activity)

1:30–2:30 p.m. New York Live Arts Movement-Based Artistic Activities (Family Activity)

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Children's Theater Classes

Ages 4–7

In Arts For All's Artistic Residency Program, professional artists teach music, theater, dance, visual art, poetry, and film workshops in partnership with schools and organizations to support communities that lack funding for arts programming.

We are excited to bring two six-week theater residencies to the Learn. Play. Grow. program as we help promote greater equity and access to the arts for children all over NYC. Visit the Arts For All website for more information about their programming. 

Register for Theater Classes
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The GIANT Room

Creative STEAM Activities

Ages 3–12
Join The GIANT Room at Corlears School for an interactive and engaging workshop full of hands-on creative projects. Families with children ages 3–12 are invited to join us with their big ideas, build and share creative projects among the community. From setting up your own whimsical gardens, to a rainbow of pumpkins, flying spiders and butterflies, arcade games, a fashion runway show, magical worlds under the water, and more, we'll dream of a new theme every week, come up with cool ideas, and build it together. This workshop series is a great combination of hands-on creativity, engineering, craft, and art focused on family engagement and fun! Join all sessions or a drop in to only one, for the full two hours or a portion of it. 

To learn more about The GIANT Room and their approach to hands-on STEM and Arts learning, check out their website, and watch their TED talk

Register for STEAM Activities
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Music and Movement Classes

Ages 6 mo–6 years

Love Child will be hosting a number of different music and movement classes, including:

Love Child OMG Tiny Feet with Universal Moms (Pictured)
Does your child have natural rhythm? Are they eager to jazz it up to some fun tunes? Your tiny dancers will be right in their element as we teach coordination, team building, listening, and safe play skills in a lively environment. Kids can expect to jam out on their own musical instruments and learn dance techniques from different cultures. Parents will see their children develop kinetically as they learn through their bodies and connect touch to rhythm.

For more information on future classes, head to Sawyer.

Register for Music and Movement Classes
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New York Live Arts

Movement-Based Artistic Activities

Ages 3–12

New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry — a place where thinking and movement meet the future. In alignment with our commitment to support the creative identities of young people, New York Live Arts is happy to provide educational programs for young people in collaboration with Corlears School. Imagination is everything at our multidisciplinary performing arts program! 

In these 60-minute, biweekly sessions, we’ll explore the world of ideas through movement techniques, theater, and storytelling. Plus, the sessions are taught by the actual dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Pretty cool, huh?

Movement Techniques
Students explore elements of space, time, and energy with this movement class led by established artist instructors. Through various movement exercises, they’ll learn how to engage and focus their bodies.

Improvisation games and theater movement exercises prepare students to perform short scenes.

Students will emotionally and physically tell stories through dance. The artist instructor prompts students to create movement sequences inspired by short stories. They’ll work in groups and merge the sequences to create whole narratives.

Register for NY Live Arts
Photo © Stephanie Turci Photography
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LPG Google Calendar

If you're all about LPG, we recommend subscribing to our dedicated Google Calendar. (You can unsubscribe anytime!) Each LPG Saturday we'll make sure that the day's events are also available for you to peruse via your phone, tablet, or wherever you keep tabs on your busy life. 

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How to Support Learn. Play. Grow.

LPG at Corlears offers free programming to our community and beyond. If you would like to support us, we suggest a donation in the range of $25–50. 

Thank you for considering a donation to Learn. Play. Grow.!

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Other Ways to Support Corlears School and Learn. Play. Grow.

  • Shop for Corlears School swag! Plus, during every LPG Saturday we will also be selling cute, functional, and environmentally responsible swag exclusive to our Learn. Play. Grow. initiative.
  • Shop using AmazonSmile and choose Corlears School as your charity. Through AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charity of your choice.
  • Shop for all your label needs while supporting Corlears with Mabel’s Labels; be sure to use that link and search for Corlears.

Corlears School is a public charity under Code Section 509 (a)(I) and exempt from Federal income tax per Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. EIN # 13-5653140. The amount of your contribution deductible for Federal income tax purposes is the excess contributed over the total value of any goods or services provided by Corlears School. Please retain this receipt for tax purposes. No goods or services will be provided in consideration of this contribution. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. 

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What Is Corlears School?

Corlears is a nonprofit progressive independent school for toddlers through fifth grade, offering a strong academic foundation and vibrant, inclusive community for more than 50 years. Corlears was founded in 1968 to create a space for young children where the curriculum would stimulate creativity, be grounded in concrete experiences, and extend beyond the classroom, while preparing students to become responsible and contributing members of their communities.

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Dedication to Early Years Education

Decades of deep thinking on early childhood education has gone into the development of the Corlears curriculum. Our programs provide children with a foundation of learning and confidence for the rest of their lives, and with our 50+ years of experience we are uniquely equipped to set your child up with skills including quantitative reasoning, scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and artistic expression, while also ensuring their social and emotional development.

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A Welcoming, Close-Knit Community

At Corlears, our close-knit community is at the core of everything we do as a school. These values are evident in the classroom, where our teachers work to foster a sense of empathy and compassion in children at every age level. Our gentle approach paves the way for healthy separation from the child's primary caregiver and influences their capacity to build friendships with peers.

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Commitment to Equity and Inclusion

Over the past 15 years, we have doubled down on our commitment to equity and inclusion; seven years ago, we began a school-wide social justice initiative to further prioritize equity, diversity, and inclusion through formalized training for all staff; adjustments to the educational program; and the application of an anti-bias framework across all areas of the school. At Corlears, your child will learn about positive self-identities, and develop an understanding of how to acknowledge and celebrate diversity in inclusive and equitable ways.

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Core Values to Believe In

The core values at Corlears School are the guiding principles that shape how we communicate and collaborate as a community. By naming what we value, we are committing to what we believe is at the core of our school’s mission.

Corlears Core Values -- Curiosity, compassion, growth, courage to act, responsibility, belonging, curiosity

Corlears is a community of belonging. We’re building a school and a community where children learn to see things from multiple perspectives and think about diverse life experiences. With its values at the core, Corlears students cultivate curiosity about people, compassion for humanity, and grow to take responsibility and courageous actions to create communities of belonging.

With the help of expert staff working alongside our Director of Equity, Inclusion, and Community Life, our students develop positive identities, celebrate differences, advocate for justice, and take action.

Conversations about identity, race, and social justice are integrated into daily school life here; in our classrooms, in our play areas, at every community event, we aim to create a community of belonging.

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Tuition Equity and Accessibility

Corlears is a leader in the prioritization of socioeconomic diversity and removing barriers to entry for the diverse community of young children in NYC. Approximately 25–30% of the gross tuition revenue is dedicated to financial aid, well above the independent school norm. 

Tuition Equity and Accessibility at Corlears School

For the 2022–23 school year, Corlears has introduced the Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM), changing the paradigm from financial aid to equitable tuition level setting for all families.

The TEAM is an important and innovative demonstration of Corlears commitment to ensuring equity in our school all the way down to our tuition setting structure. In this paradigm, more than ever, all families will contribute in an equitable way to helping Corlears to maintain a high level of faculty expertise and an extraordinary educational program

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn't answered here, please don't hesitate to contact us; we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Does my child have to be a student or alumni of Corlears School to take part in programming?

Nope! We founded this initiative to promote greater access and equity in our Chelsea community and surrounding boroughs, especially as families struggle to maintain children's academic growth and wellbeing during the continued COVID-19 crisis. All families are welcome.

How do I register to attend?

All programming is now available for registration on our Sawyer page; if you're having trouble navigating, you may want to consider exploring or subscribing to our LPG Google Calendar. 

Please note that space is limited due to COVID-19 precautions, so we ask that you only register should you intend to come; if you can't make it, please cancel your registration in good time so that other families may have the chance to attend. Thank you for your understanding!

How much does Learn. Play. Grow. cost?

Programming is completely free. Donations are accepted, however, and will be used to fund future programming in addition to our Tuition Equity and Accessibility Model (TEAM).

I want to partner with Corlears School, either as a programming partner or as a corporate sponsor. How can I do that?

Wonderful! So glad you asked. Please email our Director of Marketing and Engagement and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Contact Us

Have questions about LPG? Suggestions for future programming? General feedback? We'd love to hear about it!