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Hands-on Learning Through Play.

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Outstanding Nature Pre-K Childcare

Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, offers a Unique Pre-K Program that was created to Nurture Brain Development.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, is to immerse children in a safe, natural environment where they can actively explore, imagine, create, and thrive through hands-on, child-led play.

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About Us

The New Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, is the only local In-Home Nature Pre-K Program of its kind, with a Full-Day Family Daycare. We are enrolling children ages 2-5, with Wrap-Around care for two School-Age Children (Cobbles Elementary zone). 

We will be NYS licensed & Open on September 4. 

Healthy meals and snacks are included.

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Children will explore Nature and STEM opportunities in a hands-on, play-based, interdisciplinary program that includes Early Literacy, Creative Arts, Wellness, and Cooperative Problem-Solving. Children will imagine, create, and thrive in a nurturing, developmentally-appropriate program that supports their physical, social, emotional, and cognitive interests, needs, and abilities. Student interests will inspire in-depth projects!

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Our focus is on nature awareness, and we will play outside during most of our day, except in extreme weather. Our large, fenced-in outdoor PLAYSCAPE has areas for gardening, composting, and exploring in our Muddy Kitchen, Dolo-Mitey Quarry, Dino Den, Moon Mesa, and Lazy (dry!) Creek, Fairy Garden, and Nature Nursery. Coming on Labor Day weekend: 15’ round Sandy Pit!

Our Enclosed Paddy-O connects to our Indoor Space, which is open to our kitchen and includes gears, gadgets and gizmos galore, dress-ups and dramatic play, cars and trains, LARGE and small blocks, and our Sensory Science Lab! “If we don’t know how, we’ll figure it out!”


“I am Marne Parmelee, NYS-certified teacher with 23 years full-time (4 years pt) experience teaching early childhood in local districts. I created the Children’s STEM Garden, LLC, to provide families with high-quality, hands-on, play-based learning opportunities for their children, in a full-time childcare home setting, with a licensed, experienced teacher. I have been researching similar Pre-K programs across the US, Europe, and Australia, which have inspired my program.”

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