Ages 3 - 5
Chautauqua Children’s School is a developmental preschool for youth ages 3 - 5. The school is located at the corner of Hurst and Pratt avenues and operates six classrooms 9 a.m. - noon, Monday through Friday.
Each classroom is staffed with four leaders, including certified teachers, college-age early childhood majors, and high school students. The teachers work as a team and share classroom responsibilities.
Please note that a child must be at least 3 years of age at the time he or she attends the Children’s School and must be toilet trained.
Age 6 or First Grade
Group One is designed for children who will be entering first grade in the fall. This special full-day program (9 a.m. - noon and 2 - 4 p.m.) is held Monday through Friday and utilizes the Children’s School and Sheldon Hall of Education facilities and schedule in the morning and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club facilities and schedule in the afternoon. It is intended as a transition between these two programs and includes active play, art activities, swimming and waterfront programs and special events. The children receive an orientation to both facilities during the first morning.
Group One is staffed with qualified college graduates, college-age assistants and high school age assistants. The same leaders stay with the children throughout the day. At Boys’ and Girls’ Club, certified waterfront counselors for swimming or other lakefront activities join Group One staff.
Boys’ and Girls’ Club is a day camp program for youth entering second grade through 10th grade in the fall. Located at the south end of the grounds on the lakefront, Club provides a diverse program that includes field activities, swimming (instructional and free swim), canoeing, kayaking, sailing, nature, crafts, individual and team sports, music and experiences in the arts. As available, Club offers opportunities in science, dance, opera and outdoor education.
Boys’ and Girls’ Club is in session from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Club is a registered day camp and operates under the guidelines and regulations of the New York State Department of Health.
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club staff includes certified teachers, other college graduates and adult professionals, and college and high school students. Each group is staffed with a head counselor and one or two assistant counselors. The counselor-in-training program provides skill-building and practical experiences for 16-year-olds preparing to become counselors.
Club Plus joins the traditional day camp experience with an interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences to inspire and bolster the talents of youth with academic curiosity. After spending the morning at Club, campers will participate in afternoon classes and activities that combine STEM education, literary arts, visual arts and more. Afternoon classes will be led by certified teachers and industry experts. Available Weeks One through Seven.
The Young Writers Institute is a five-day immersive, multi-genre creative writing camp for students 14 to 18 years old. Through short exercises, workshops and close study of work by contemporary writers, students will develop their command of the core elements of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Led by an exceptional faculty of published teaching artists with deep experience mentoring young writers, each student will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with them to develop a plan for future growth. Each day (Monday through Friday) begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with breaks for meals and independent writing. Available Weeks Three and Four only. Visit chq.org/youngwriters for more information.