“Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded” -Jess Liar
During the first three years of life, a young child’s brain is growing rapidly to support the growth of cognitive, emotional, social, language, and motor skills. Throughout this time of rapid growth, a loving connection between a child and caregiver is fundamental to development. This is at the core of the Galoop philosophy. By design, Galoop is not a drop-off program because we believe in the power of the presence of a caregiver in supporting their child’s exploration, learning, and socialization.
There’s no rush to place a child under the age of three at a drop-off center. In fact, babies and toddlers thrive when a parent or caregiver supports them during the early years of development in spaces meant for exploration and socialization. A trusted and familiar face allows for them to be comfortable and confident knowing that their needs are understood and being cared for. This provides confidence that inspires the independence and agency to explore, grow, learn, and become themselves.
The morning program at Galoop provides children the routine and learning opportunities they would get at pre-school or a drop-off program, while still being able to spend all day with their parent or caregiver. It provides much-needed structure to the day and week when parents or caregivers would otherwise stay at home alone with their child or try to find a different activity for each day of the week to fill the time.
Caregiver participation does not only benefit the child in a space like this. At Galoop, we recognize that nurturing a child can not happen in isolation. Galoop is also a space for caregivers to get support they need- whether that be making friends, swapping parenting advice or getting expert support.
Galoop provides a unique community where a child has the opportunity to discover, play and grow while also building a strong connection with their caregiver that is essential to their development not only during their first three years of life, but for the rest of their lives.