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Renewed Nurturing Space for Young Learners
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Renewed Nurturing Space for Young Learners

Within Greater Atlanta Christian School’s Young Learners program, our youngest Spartans (infant-two years old) are nurtured through play-based learning and guided by loving teachers through key developmental milestones in a safe and caring, faith-filled environment.

Throughout Summer 2023, the Young Learners facilities underwent a $1.1 million dollar physical expansion that included an engaging new indoor play area, hands-on outdoor learning spaces, and optimized classroom square footage and functionally. The increased natural light, aesthetics, and design encourage imagination, child-led learning, and curiosity.

The indoor play area, made possible by the Greg and Tammy Shumate family, contains multiple wooden climbing structures for safe gross-motor development at a young age with a turf floor to cushion landings. Other structures like a pretend truck and a large tree fort encourage imaginative play. A new covered outdoor play area was designed for messier activities (science experiments, sensory play, art projects, etc) and hands-on exploration. The new play areas allow our students the space they need to play, even when weather conditions such as rain and extreme heat prohibit outdoor play.

Every classroom has been provided with new furniture and classroom materials in order to optimize the space to be used most effectively by the children and teachers. The furniture is more age appropriate (smaller reachable sinks, tables, etc.) to allow increased student autonomy, coordination/motor skills, and self-confidence. Students can access and explore learning materials as well as complete independent tasks like pushing their chair in, washing their hands, and choosing a toy. We are excited about the ways that our youngest learners will thrive in this safe and caring, faith-filled environment.

Thank you to each Grandparent and Parent who donated this past spring and summer bringing the new Young Learners space to life. Your financial gifts allowed a total transformation of the environment for our youngest Spartans.

"Having spent a decade at GAC as a student, nothing gives me greater joy or peace than sending my children to the Young Learners program. Knowing they have been loved, prayed for, and poured into by those who helped shape who I am today is one of the primary reasons we chose to officially make them a part of the GAC family. Pulling onto campus feels like returning home, no matter how many years have passed or how the landscape has shifted. It is a community that I will forever be thankful for and proud to be a part of." - Sara (Collins) White ‘08, Elementary & Young Learners Parent

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