Friends Center for Children

July 17, 2017 • New Haven, CT

The Friends Center for Children is an early childhood education center providing year-round, full-time care for children ages 3 months to 5 years. In this video, head teacher Kathleen Giglio explains how a beautiful, natural classroom environment supports their values-based curriculum.

  • Watch: Head Teacher Kathleen Giglio introduces the Friend's Center for Children.

  • Outside of Building Full View

    Friends Center hosts 83 children and families, in a beautiful, child-led, play-based environment.

  • Room Wide No Kids Full View

    The beauty of soft curves and natural wood lend a cohesive and calm feeling to the classroom.

  • Block Corner 2 Full View

    Low shelving puts materials in easy reach of children, while providing secure boundaries.

  • Mealtime 2 Full View

    Mealtimes are a social event at Friend’s Center. Community chairs provide different levels of support for developing toddlers.

  • Reading Hall 2 Full View

    The glow of the solid maple furniture reflects the beauty of the natural surroundings.

  • PlayDough Full View

    Whether you stand or sit, the Classroom Table provides a sturdy work surface for constructive play.

  • Doll Feeding Full View

    Perfectly child-sized furniture creates a homelike environment in which children thrive.

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Outside of Building
Room Wide No Kids
Block Corner 2
Mealtime 2
Reading Hall 2
Doll Feeding
“Community Playthings products have really helped us not just keep a very singular look throughout the building but to create a sense of home, a sense of calm and peace which really helps the children. ” Kathleen Giglio, Head Teacher, Friend's Center for Children

Classroom Tables

These solid no-nonsense tables are designed to stay put while hosting the whirl of daily activity. Easy to clean surface is laminated on both sides with heat sealed edges to prevent warping.  Choose from adjustable (tool-free) or solid legs.

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An antidote to the standard institutional look, these desks invite children to learn, discover, and explore. Comes fully assembled, all you need to do is rotate the legs into place. Choose from solid wooden or adjustable (tool-free) legs.

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