Children's School

Children's School offers enrichment classes from preschool through First Grade.

Children's School is a developmental preschool for youth ages 3 to 5. The program includes a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities. Weekly themes often incorporate other CHQ programs in the areas of music, drama and art. A relationship with the CHQ community and its unique opportunities continue.

The program hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.- noon. The school has 6 classrooms with a maximum of 25-30 students in each. A typical day at Children's School includes:

Developmental play
Circle time (reading, singing)
Activity centers (focusing on weekly theme)
Special guest programs
Snack time
Outdoor play
Each week offers a different theme in the Children's School curriculum. Guests or speakers often are included to share their special talents with the children.
2020 Themes and ProgrammingAD
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Children's School
Ages 3 - 5 | Chautauqua Children’s School is a developmental preschool 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.
Group One
Age 6 or First Grade | 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.
Babysitter List
The Youth Services Office coordinates a babysitting list that provides information to help families with young children connect with available babysitters in Chautauqua and the local area during the Chautauqua summer season. The list is intended as a public service and does not rate or recommend any individual. During the season the list is updated weekly and is available in many locations on the grounds. Anyone interested in placing their name on the list should fill out the form at the link below. Any questions, please contact Karen Schiavone at

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