Inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Children's Garden of Learning partners with children, families, and the Vail Valley community to provide an inquiry-based education for young learners. Teachers and children co-construct their learning experience through observation, intentional planning, creative environments, and active exploration of materials. Our goal is for each student to emerge as socially capable, creative citizens who love learning.
Two well-known Vail preschools, the Learning Tree and the ABC School, were opened in 1986. With a long history of providing wonderful preschool education for Vail's children, these two schools merged and became the Children's Garden of Learning in 2002.
At that time, CGL incorporated as a not-for-profit 501c3 and was temporarily housed at Red Sandstone Elementary in West Vail while its present home was being built. CGL moved into its current location, 129 N. Frontage Road, in 2005.
CGL benefited tremendously from 30 years of knowledge and experience passed down from those two schools and is thankful to the Town of Vail, Eagle County and all of the volunteers within the CGL community and up and down the valley, for making this a reality.
"I have lived and witnessed your program and I am grateful that my two boys attended CGL for their preschool experience. It is a developmentally appropriate, nurturing, exciting, and loving school. You address individual needs and support children along with their families. It is always amazing to walk in your doors, feel welcome, and see the ceiling to floor creations that address "readiness", creativity, wonderful learning foundations, exploration, and thinking skills. Your program is necessary, appropriate and appreciated!"
-Nancy Allen, Parent/Kindergarten Teacher