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A group of people walk back to the new home of the Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center in Keene on Tuesday after exploring the Dart Brook, which runs behind the center.
(Enterprise photo — Lauren Yates)

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KEENE — The patter of tiny feet resounded in the new home of the Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center for the first time this past Tuesday, the first notes of music that will soon fill the building for 50 weeks out of every year.

The new center was all bones on Tuesday — the exterior walls were in place, and the interior rooms and roof were outlined with two by fours — but to Little Peaks students future, present and past, the building was already a playground. Several kids ran through the building as a group of around 30 people toured the new center during an open house led by Little Peaks Executive Director Reid Jewett Smith.

As she walked through Little Peaks’ rooms with her youngest daughter strapped to her back, Jewett Smith verbally painted the picture of what the finished center will look like. The “heart” of the building will be its kitchen, she said, thanks to the vision of Little Peaks co-founder and Preschool Director Katherine Brown. While the commercial kitchen will be separated from the “warm”-feeling eating area that will have low tables for kids, Little Peaks students will have access to a dishwashing station and they’ll be able to help with basic cooking prep work like mixing up doughs. Jewett Smith hopes activities like these could encourage students from an early age to cook and clean up after themselves.

In the left wing of the center, there will be two infant-toddler rooms. Each room could accommodate up to four infants up to 18 months old and four toddlers up to 3 years old, serving a total of eight babies and eight toddlers. There will be a potty training space in that wing of the center, too.

The right wing of the center will have a room for up to 16 preschoolers from 3 to 5 years old. A second room in the right wing is what Jewett Smith called the “multi-purpose, multi-sensory room,” reserved for messy art projects, climbing on the walls and riding indoor tricycles in the winter. But the room also gives Little Peaks an opportunity for growth should the need arise; Jewett Smith said the room could act as an “overflow” area for kids of any age group.

For Jewett Smith, the main focus of the new Little Peaks property is its outdoor space. She said that kids will spend the majority of their days outside as part of the center’s nature-based curriculum. There will be two playgrounds behind the center — one for infant-toddlers and another for preschoolers — along with a pollinator garden, a vegetable garden that students will tend, and trails that will wind their way back to the Dart Brook, which runs along the back side of the center’s property.

Jewett Smith said she wants to build a lean-to next to the brook as an outdoor classroom space, and she hopes that students will one day explore the brook both when it’s frozen and when it’s babbling. That hope proved to be a promising reality on Tuesday as a few kids eagerly made their way back to the brook and started rock-hopping.

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Source: https://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2022/08/reaching-a-peak-little-by-little/

A group of people walk back to the new home of the Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center in Keene on Tuesday after exploring the Dart Brook, which runs behind the center.
(Enterprise photo — Lauren Yates)

KEENE — The patter of tiny feet resounded in the new home of the Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center for the first time this past Tuesday, the first notes of music that will soon fill the building for 50 weeks out of every year.

The new center was all bones on Tuesday — the exterior walls were in place, and the interior rooms and roof were outlined with two by fours — but to…….

A group of people walk back to the new home of the Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center in Keene on Tuesday after exploring the Dart Brook, which runs behind the center.
(Enterprise photo — Lauren Yates)

KEENE — The patter of tiny feet resounded in the new home of the Little Peaks Preschool and Early Childhood Center for the first time this past Tuesday, the first notes of music that will soon fill the building for 50 weeks out of every year.

The new center was all bones on Tuesday — the exterior walls were in place, and the interior rooms and roof were outlined with two by fours — but to…….

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