Keep Them Growing All Summer Long

At Nitty Gritty Preschool Summer Camp, we're all about getting messy with fun activities like water games and arts and crafts, all while making new friends along the way.

Our summer schedule is not your typical academic routine. We'll follow a daily schedule that promotes personal growth by providing them with fun, safe, educational, and outdoor experiences with group activities that build social and emotional development.

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Summer 2024 Schedule

JUNE 17-28

This camp will be filled with treasure and the wonders of the sea. We’ll discover sea life, design maps, dig for jewels, and sail the high seas. Bring your courage and sense of adventure as we become part marine biologist and part treasure hunter!

JULY 8-19

Fun witH arts & CRAFTS
We’ll explore the wrk of great artists and use different art mediums to create our own masterpieces! Additionally, this camp will include singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments with our Music Together® collection.


There’s nothing like the great outdoors in the summer! We'll use tents, camping equipment, and a real canoe to fish in to create our Nitty Gritty campsite. We’ll explore nature, learn about bugs, and enjoy the great outdoors with friends.

Camp begins at 8:15 AM and ends at 1:00 PM. All sessions are scheduled Monday through Friday.

Aftercare is available on a drop-in basis from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and is billed at $20/hour.

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What you need to know about Nitty Gritty

Nitty Gritty Preschool is a nurturing community where young minds blossom. Our focus is on the holistic development of each child, fostering their curiosity, creativity, and confidence. Through engaging activities and personalized attention, we inspire a love for learning that lasts a lifetime.
Play-Based Learning
Emphasizing play-based learning, our Studio introduces foundational skills in a fun and engaging way. Children explore the world around them through purposeful play, laying the groundwork for cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development.
Social-Emotional Development
Nitty Gritty Preschool recognizes the crucial role of social-emotional development in children's overall growth. Our incorporation of the Kimochis® curriculum helps children navigate and express their emotions effectively and constructively. Kimochis®, a research-based program, uses plush characters and engaging activities to teach children vital skills such as emotional regulation, empathy, and conflict resolution, preparing them for a lifetime of healthy relationships and emotional intelligence. Our dedicated Guides are trained in the Kimochis® approach, creating a nurturing environment where children feel empowered to express themselves authentically.
Education Through Music
We believe in the power of music to enhance early childhood development and support diverse learning styles. Nitty Gritty is delighted to offer the Music Together® In-School Curriculum, a research-based program that encourages musical exploration and creativity in young children. Through singing, dancing, and instrument play, children develop crucial language, social, and cognitive skills in an enjoyable and engaging manner. Led by our certified Music Together® Guide, children are immersed in a musically rich environment that nurtures their love for music and promotes holistic development.
Holistic Development
At Nitty Gritty Preschool, we focus on the holistic development of every child. Our curriculum is designed to nurture not just academic skills but also social-emotional growth, physical development, and creative expression. We believe that by addressing the needs of the whole child, we can help each child reach their full potential.
Small Class Sizes & Individualized Attention
At Nitty Gritty Preschool, we maintain a small class size with a remarkable 1:8 ratio. This allows us to provide each child with the individualized attention they need to thrive. Our Guides are dedicated to understanding and meeting the unique needs of every learner, ensuring that no child is left behind.
Nurturing Environment
Our preschool offers a nurturing environment where children feel safe and supported. We understand the importance of creating a space where children can explore, learn, and grow at their own pace. Our caring Guides provide guidance and encouragement, fostering a sense of security that allows children to flourish.

Frequent Asked Questions

What sets Nitty Gritty Preschool apart from other preschools in the area?

We take a holistic approach to education. Our curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child, encompassing not just academic skills but also social, emotional, and physical growth. We pride ourselves on our child-centered approach, ensuring that each child receives personalized attention to thrive.

Expect a warm and nurturing learning environment at our preschool, where we prioritize social and emotional development alongside academic growth. Our curriculum strikes a balance between structured and unstructured activities, incorporating play-based learning for a fun and educational experience.
What is the enrollment process at Nitty Gritty Preschool?
Outside of meeting the age requirement, we require that each family tour the school or attend an open house. A short 30-45 min playdate is set up for Marlene to meet each child.
What is the tuition cost at Nitty Gritty Preschool?

2024-2025 Tuition Fees are as follows:

Full Week Program (ages 2-5)
5 Day - Full day program (M-F 8 AM-3:15 PM): $21,065
5 Day - Half day program (M-F 8 AM-1 PM): $18,440

Part-time program (ages 2 & 3 only):

2 Day - Full Day Program (T/Th 8 AM-3:15 PM): $12,218
2 Day - Half Day Program (T/Th 8 AM-1 PM): $9,958
3 Day - Full Day Program (M/W/F 8 AM-3:15 PM): $18,327
3 Day - Half Day Program (M/W/F 8 AM-1 PM): $14,936

Materials Fee: $200

Sibling Discount: A $1,000 sibling discount will be applied for each additional child enrolled. The Sibling Discount is applied to each younger student and is only applicable when more than one child in the same family is enrolled during the same school year.
Does Nitty Gritty Preschool provide meals for children?
While we do not provide lunch, we do have morning and afternoon snack times where children can enjoy nutritious snacks provided by Nitty Gritty.
How does Nitty Gritty Preschool communicate with parents about their child's progress?
We regularly communicate through newsletters, emails, and parent-teacher conferences to keep parents informed about their child's progress, milestones, and any concerns.
What safety protocols does Nitty Gritty Preschool have in place to ensure the well-being of my child?

At Nitty Gritty, health, and safety is our first priority. We have several safety protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of every child in our school. 

  • All students must sign in and out daily.
  • Parents must fill out a form to authorize an unauthorized adult to pick up a learner, and a photo ID is required to release the child.
  • Learners participate in fire drills and earthquake drills on rotating months.
  • There is an on-site emergency and evacuation plan posted in each Studio.
  • All Guides have passed a DOJ criminal background clearance. 
  • All Guides are CPR/First Aid certified and have participated in a 6-hour training on health & safety, nutrition, and lead poisoning, as the state requires.
  • All Guides are legally mandated child abuse reporters and must take a certification course on understanding the signs of abuse.
How does Nitty Gritty help prepare children for future education?
At Nitty Gritty, we strive to build a robust academic and social-emotional foundation that equips children for their future education. Our curriculum not only imparts essential academic knowledge starting with early literacy and writing, but also nurtures creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

As a part of the Acton Academy learning journey, Nitty Gritty Studio seamlessly transitions children to Spark Studio. This progression allows them to cultivate foundational skills and independence, preparing them for the more structured learning experiences of Spark Studio.

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Begin your child's educational journey in our Nitty Gritty Studio. Admissions are now open, offering a nurturing preschool experience that sets the stage for a future of limitless possibilities!

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