Visiting families tell us they are particularly impressed with Ice Cream & Shoe’s peaceful, calm atmosphere, low student/teacher ratio, and the happiness of the children. Each classroom maintains its own morning program appropriate to the specific age and developmental range of its children. Students engage in a wide variety of activities while the teachers provide gentle guidance, strong encouragement and loving support. Staff direct children with calm voices while providing firm, clear boundaries and guidelines. We understand discipline to be a process of setting appropriate, respectful, and consistent limits.

Ice Cream & Shoe is dedicated to nurturing the emotional, social, and cognitive development of the whole child. By expanding the child’s sphere of intimacy and gaining his or her trust, we help children learn how to be happy in relationship with one another and their environment.  Strong emphasis is placed on nurturing relationships, conflict resolution and allowing each child to come into his or her unique being with a sense of happiness and acceptance. Conflicts are dealt with as learning opportunities. Each child involved is heard and supported, and comes away more fully in touch with their feelings. Both parties gain tools to help express themselves.

With this foundation, we feel confident that our students will continue to thrive as they enter elementary school. We have seen proof of this in the lives of our alumni (our families often stay in touch for many years after graduation, sharing photos and accomplishments).

Ice Cream & Shoe is a nonsectarian, privately owned corporation. Our approach is to raise children in love and relationship. We welcome families from all backgrounds and celebrate all cultural traditions.