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Collective Kind: Progressive Preschools for All

Help us expand the first NYC-based network of Montessori Microschools built for all working families.

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Project Description

Progressive Early Education Should be for All

The foundation for empathy, care of the earth, and love of learning starts early. And we're on a mission to make quality, progressive early education available for as many working families as possible.

Collective Kind is the first NYC-based network of Montessori Microschools providing high quality early education for working families of all backgrounds. Because we believe that truly progressive early education can't be just for the 1%.

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We are a WOMEN-OWNED, TEACHER-LED Public Benefit Corporation.

WE BELIEVE IN ANTI-BIAS EARLY EDUCATION, SHARING WITH CHILDREN BOTH MIRRORS AND WINDOWS.

Our curriculum includes direct discussions and learning around similarities and differences. Children see differences (like race, gender, and ability) at a young age and without intentional discussion they will attach stereotypes and biases that have been modeled or directly taught to them. We help give children tools to express and embrace their own differences and the unique identities of others. In the classroom, different identities are represented in all spaces (from books and music, to meeting discussions and classroom art) so that children see themselves reflected (mirrors) and also have perspective into the lives of people who are different (windows). This is a necessary step in learning to advocate for ourselves and showing empathy for others!

 

 
WE CONNECT CHILDREN TO THEIR LOVE OF THE EARTH THROUGH NATURE-BASED LEARNING.

Time in nature has positive influences on physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development and offers a myriad of opportunities to learn environmental stewardship - leading children to have the skills, knowledge, and empathy to care for the Earth. This involves time spent outdoors, interaction with natural objects in our Montessori teacher-made works, and art projects filled with nature-based materials. We see nature-based education as a vital tool to support the growth of emotionally and physically healthy children, enriching children’s lives with the chance to love their natural surroundings. This is a necessary step in supporting the wellbeing of our planet and the beings on it!

 

WE ARE MONTESSORI EXPERTS WHO HAVE BEEN WITNESSING THE EVER-LASTING EFFECTS OF HIGH QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION.

The foundational Montessori principles of order, concentration, coordination and independence lead to confident, passionate, self-starting learners. The Montessori method allows educators to tailor learning to each individual child in a multiage learning environment that values self-determination and community. The rich tactile and sensorial early experiences in a classroom allow children to grow into their own ways of knowledge building and love of learning. Montessori materials support developmentally appropriate learning of academic concepts through hands-on work for all types of learners. This is a necessary step in supporting the future change makers, future leaders, and future citizens of the world!

 

WE WANT THIS EXTRAORDINARY EDUCATION TO BE AVAILABLE TO AS MANY WORKING FAMILIES AS POSSIBLE. HELP US DELIVER THIS PROMISE!
Because: THE WORLD NEEDS MORE KINDNESS.

Collective Kind is the first network of microschools providing early care for families of all backgrounds in NYC. We're proud to offer sliding scale tuition rates for families and flexible corporate plans for employers of all sizes.

We run all of our programming on a sliding scale based on household income. This allows us to have tuition reduction built into our tuition model so that right off the bat our programs include and support economic diversity.

Tuition reduction is not based on qualifying for need or scholarship, but instead open to all. Yes - some families pay more…and some families pay less. 

What do tuition payments cover?

We are transparent about the financials of our program as this is a collaborative community space. Here is the breakdown:

 

Thank you for considering funding the expansion of Collective Kind. Here's what we'll deliver to the community of NYC and beyond with YOUR SUPPORT:

 

  • SOCIALLY- CONSCIOUS EARLY EDUCATION

  • MULTICULTURAL CLASSROOMS

  • SLIDING SCALE TUITIONS TO ENABLE ACCESS TO FAMILIES OF ALL BACKGROUNDS

  • FLEXIBLE SUBSIDY PLANS FOR EMPLOYERS OF ALL SIZES 

  • ABOVE AVERAGE SALARIES AND PROGRESSIVE, INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST BENEFITS FOR OUR TEACHING AND SCHOOL STAFF

  • ONE-OF-A-KIND CLASSROOM MATERIALS

  • INSPIRING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

  • ACCESS TO CO-WORKING FOR WORKING ADULTS

  • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Check out our website and instagram to learn more about our work.

 

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What are Collective Kind's Core Values?

Community

The support and inspiration of those in our community creates a vibrant education context. Learning is a relational process. Families, teachers, peers and the physical environment all contribute to the experience. Families are essential partners. And kindness is key.

Integrity

We draw from the best practices nationally and internationally. The theorists and educators who have come before us have much to contribute. We are inspired by the developmental Interaction Approach at Bank Street, RIE, Social Constructivism, the Reggio Approach, Montessori and Waldorf. We are committed to integrating an anti bias curriculum as well. Education is a right of all humans.

Curiosity

Children are naturally curious. They are compelled by wonderings and a desire to explore. We believe in the process of inquiry, investigation and reflection as the foundation for the construction of knowledge. Direct experience is invaluable.

Joy

Children deserve to experience school (or day care) as a space of wonder, delight and connection. The physical environment, social relationships and access to the natural world all contribute.

Creativity

Communication takes many forms. Children have the right to express their questions, thoughts and creations in many languages or media from sound and light to paint and clay.

Democracy

Children are active participants in the creation of their world. They are the youngest citizens who influence our present and will shape our future.

Diversity

We welcome folks from multiple traditions, cultures and identities and believe that the world is a dynamic space of many truths and perspectives. It is important to embrace a multidimensional way of seeing and being. We are guided by an Anti Bias Curriculum and inspired by the ideas of Valarie Kaurs, framework the Revolutionary Love Project. We choose our words with care, to recognize and to support all families, using the terms “family” “caregiver” and “grown-ups” instead of “parents” and “mom and dad”.

Authenticity

The most enriching learning environments offer authentic tasks in a meaningful context (rather than skill and drill).

Environmental Awareness and Responsibility

The preservation of the environment is our legacy. At Collective Kind we do all we can to decrease our impact, to heighten our appreciation of the natural world and to evolve as environmental stewards.

Collaboration

Action and interaction are key to discovering our own identity and to understanding the complex world in which we live. Social discourse and negotiations allow children and adults to understand diverse perspectives as well as to clarify and modify ideas. We see our collaborations and work together, both when joyful and challenging, to bring depth and companionship to the teaching and learning journey.

Innovation

Children are confronted with countless challenges daily and offer many unexpected and creative responses. We trust and celebrate the competence of young children and their ability to innovate.

 

 

 

06/18/2021
Wear us around town!
$40
Blair Glenn
06/18/2021
Meditate on our GRATITUDE while COLORING
$60
Pam Ferguson
06/18/2021
*UNLOCKED* Interactive Read Aloud!
$120
Ann Kay
06/17/2021
Meditate on our GRATITUDE while COLORING
$60
Flavia & Ike :)
06/17/2021
Wear us around town!
$50
Dana Nares
06/17/2021
Monetary Contribution
$20
Wolf
06/17/2021
*UNLOCKED* children's book REVAMP
$30
Anonymous
06/17/2021
Reading and independence!
$80
06/16/2021
Meditate on our GRATITUDE while COLORING
$60
Rob Snyder
06/15/2021
Monetary Contribution
$239
Monetary Contribution

A shout-out full of love in one of our weekly fundraiser updates.

*We prioritize every dollar raised going to pay educators and staff + providing comprehensive benefits as well as stocking our classrooms with anti-bias, nature-based, Montessori materials.*

25 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Our utter GRATITUDE

A thank you card with children's art from the classroom (domestic shipping only).

*These funds will help us getting one library book focusing on diverse representation.*

4 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Your very own RAINBOWS

A sticker + tattoo pack to show your love for us on something permanent (and your own body semi-permanently)! (domestic shipping only).

*Each pack sold gets us one classroom support tool for a child with diverse learning needs - like a sensory seat to provide extra input while sitting and focusing during group meetings.*

11 Supporters
Select this reward
30.00 USD
*UNLOCKED* children's book REVAMP

A list of 100+ Anti-Bias and Nature-based Children's Books (PDF) to do a total refresh of the most relevant, inclusive and diverse children's books for your home or classroom library!

Each list purchased funds one set of nature exploration tools - like shovels or magnifying glasses - to explore what our earth has to offer.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Wear us around town!

A Collective Kind exclusive t-shirt (adult or child sizes) designed by artist Flavia Salama (domestic shipping only).

*Each sold t-shirt gets us one Montessori Mathematical material to introduce numbers through tangible experiences - from spindle boxes to the counters game!*

35 Supporters
Select this reward
60.00 USD
Meditate on our GRATITUDE while COLORING
  • A thank you card with children's art from the classroom
  • Collective Kind's exclusive Coloring Book by artist Flavia Salama (domestic shipping only).

*Each Coloring Book kit sold gets us one Montessori sensorial material for children to explore visual discrimination, size, and shape - from the pink tower to the color tablets!*

22 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
Reading and independence!
  • A personalized, signed copy of The Bear's Garden by Marcie Colleen and local illustrator Alison Oliver
  • Collective Kind's Fostering Independent Play! (PDF) providing tried and true tips on how to work toward independent play with your child (domestic shipping only).

*Each kit purchased will get us building materials and soil for one school garden bed.*

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26 Supporters
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150.00 USD
You AND your wall can wear something ;)
  • One of only 5 individualized 11" x 14" prints by Alison Oliver (illustrator of The Bear's Garden)
  • Collective Kind's exclusive t-shirt designed by artist Flavia Salama (domestic shipping only)

*Each kit purchased gets us a set of classroom wall art depicting people of many skin colors, gender expressions, ages and abilities.*

5 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
Learn at home with Collective Kind

Collective Kind's Anti-Bias OR Nature-Based Learn-at-Home Resource Guide (PDF) filled with social emotional concepts, recycled material checklists, activity opportunities and more!

*Each guide purchased helps pay our afternoon adult-child educators for one month.*

7 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
DOUBLE the ways to learn at home

BOTH Collective's Anti-Bias AND Nature-Based Learn-at-Home resource guides (PDF) filled with social emotional concepts, recycled material checklists, activity opportunities and more! (a $100 discount!).

*Each kit purchased gets us funding for ADA accessibility at all locations - from entrance ramps, to bathroom upgrades.*

0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Give what you want!

You love us so much, you look for nothing in return - it's unconditional!

*Each donation gets us art materials for one year in one classroom for children to express themselves freely.*

8 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
*UNLOCKED* Caregiver Bundle

Provide your child or grandchild with the most comprehensive anti-bias + nature-based opportunities out there! Receive:
+ Thank you card
+ Sticker + tattoo pack
+ 100+ Anti-Bias, Nature-based children's book list
+ Collective Kind exclusive t-shirt
+ Collective Kind coloring book
+ The Bear's Garden book
+ Fostering Independent Play (PDF)
+ BOTH Learn-at-Home guides
(a $155 discount!)

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Show you care!

You love us so much, you look for nothing in return - it's unconditional!

*Each donation gets us a set of custom outdoor climbing boxes and other open play materials for children to freely take risks and explore large body moments in the yard.*

8 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Learn along with us

A Collective Kind exclusive Anti-Bias OR Nature-Based IN-PERSON workshop at your school or company, with our co-founders & teachers, Anna Ellis Nesser and Anna Caroline Tehan!

*Each workshop purchased covers one month of progressive, feminist benefits packages for two teachers.*

0 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

A shout-out full of love in one of our weekly fundraiser updates.

*We prioritize every dollar raised going to pay educators and staff + providing comprehensive benefits as well as stocking our classrooms with anti-bias, nature-based, Montessori materials.*

25 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Our utter GRATITUDE

A thank you card with children's art from the classroom (domestic shipping only).

*These funds will help us getting one library book focusing on diverse representation.*

4 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Your very own RAINBOWS

A sticker + tattoo pack to show your love for us on something permanent (and your own body semi-permanently)! (domestic shipping only).

*Each pack sold gets us one classroom support tool for a child with diverse learning needs - like a sensory seat to provide extra input while sitting and focusing during group meetings.*

11 Supporters
Select this reward
30.00 USD
*UNLOCKED* children's book REVAMP

A list of 100+ Anti-Bias and Nature-based Children's Books (PDF) to do a total refresh of the most relevant, inclusive and diverse children's books for your home or classroom library!

Each list purchased funds one set of nature exploration tools - like shovels or magnifying glasses - to explore what our earth has to offer.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
40.00 USD
Wear us around town!

A Collective Kind exclusive t-shirt (adult or child sizes) designed by artist Flavia Salama (domestic shipping only).

*Each sold t-shirt gets us one Montessori Mathematical material to introduce numbers through tangible experiences - from spindle boxes to the counters game!*

35 Supporters
Select this reward
60.00 USD
Meditate on our GRATITUDE while COLORING
  • A thank you card with children's art from the classroom
  • Collective Kind's exclusive Coloring Book by artist Flavia Salama (domestic shipping only).

*Each Coloring Book kit sold gets us one Montessori sensorial material for children to explore visual discrimination, size, and shape - from the pink tower to the color tablets!*

22 Supporters
Select this reward
80.00 USD
Reading and independence!
  • A personalized, signed copy of The Bear's Garden by Marcie Colleen and local illustrator Alison Oliver
  • Collective Kind's Fostering Independent Play! (PDF) providing tried and true tips on how to work toward independent play with your child (domestic shipping only).

*Each kit purchased will get us building materials and soil for one school garden bed.*

14 Left
26 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
You AND your wall can wear something ;)
  • One of only 5 individualized 11" x 14" prints by Alison Oliver (illustrator of The Bear's Garden)
  • Collective Kind's exclusive t-shirt designed by artist Flavia Salama (domestic shipping only)

*Each kit purchased gets us a set of classroom wall art depicting people of many skin colors, gender expressions, ages and abilities.*

5 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
Learn at home with Collective Kind

Collective Kind's Anti-Bias OR Nature-Based Learn-at-Home Resource Guide (PDF) filled with social emotional concepts, recycled material checklists, activity opportunities and more!

*Each guide purchased helps pay our afternoon adult-child educators for one month.*

7 Supporters
Select this reward
400.00 USD
DOUBLE the ways to learn at home

BOTH Collective's Anti-Bias AND Nature-Based Learn-at-Home resource guides (PDF) filled with social emotional concepts, recycled material checklists, activity opportunities and more! (a $100 discount!).

*Each kit purchased gets us funding for ADA accessibility at all locations - from entrance ramps, to bathroom upgrades.*

0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Give what you want!

You love us so much, you look for nothing in return - it's unconditional!

*Each donation gets us art materials for one year in one classroom for children to express themselves freely.*

8 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
*UNLOCKED* Caregiver Bundle

Provide your child or grandchild with the most comprehensive anti-bias + nature-based opportunities out there! Receive:
+ Thank you card
+ Sticker + tattoo pack
+ 100+ Anti-Bias, Nature-based children's book list
+ Collective Kind exclusive t-shirt
+ Collective Kind coloring book
+ The Bear's Garden book
+ Fostering Independent Play (PDF)
+ BOTH Learn-at-Home guides
(a $155 discount!)

0 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Show you care!

You love us so much, you look for nothing in return - it's unconditional!

*Each donation gets us a set of custom outdoor climbing boxes and other open play materials for children to freely take risks and explore large body moments in the yard.*

8 Supporters
Select this reward
2,000.00 USD
Learn along with us

A Collective Kind exclusive Anti-Bias OR Nature-Based IN-PERSON workshop at your school or company, with our co-founders & teachers, Anna Ellis Nesser and Anna Caroline Tehan!

*Each workshop purchased covers one month of progressive, feminist benefits packages for two teachers.*

0 Supporters
Select this reward