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

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