The Growing Place is a non-profit organization that serves children ages 3 months through 5 years old. We use a social constructivist approach to working with teachers, children, and families; in partnership with Reggio Emilia children in order to use best practices from their school systems in our context. We fundamentally view children as competent, resilient, and curious individuals; teachers as researchers, facilitators, and collaborators of learning for children and adults; parents as authentic partners.
There are three Growing Place campuses - Ocean Park, Marine Park, and Santa Monica Early Childhood Lab School (operated by The Growing Place). At Ocean Park, we serve children ages 2.5 to 5 years old; at Marine Park we serve children 3 months to 5 years old; and the Lab School will include infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children.