Little School

Welcome to the Little School!

Allendale Columbia's early childhood program from children 18 months - 3 years-old.

Allendale Columbia’s Little School is a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment that provides children 18 months to three years-old with an early childhood education based on a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach.

Our Approach

Through our Reggio Emilia approach, children are encouraged to follow their natural curiosity and to investigateexplore, and experiment in the world around them. Through a combination of curriculum and guided projects, new ideas and topics are introduced to foster a love of learning.

Learning Environment

Allendale Columbia’s Little School features a brand new, specially designed classroom comprised of comfortable and inviting spaces for children to actively engage and explore. Children also enjoy our outdoor play space and all that nature has to offer across our beautiful 33-acre campus.


18-24 months
“Little School Jr.” Program
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25-36 months
“Little School” Program
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7:30 a.m. Drop-Off
6:00 p.m. Pick-Up

School begins in early September and operates year-round, with the exception of Winter Break, Spring Break, week of Fourth of July, and the week before Labor Day.


Annual Tuition: $19,505
Weekly cost: $415

Tuition includes:
  • 5 full-days a week
  • 2 meals per day
  • instruction
  • learning supplies
Parents to supply diapers, creams, wipes, sheets, and blankets.

Program Features

  • Full-day, student-driven instruction and collaborative activities using a Reggio Emilia-inspired teaching approach
  • Brand new, specifically designed classroom
  • Same classroom teachers year-round
  • Consistent communication home
  • Daily updates via Lillio app
  • 5:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Secure keypad entry
  • Drop-off at 7:30 a.m., pick-up at 6 p.m.
  • Cameras in the classroom
  • Outdoor playground
  • 33-acre campus with natural trails

Have questions?

Contact Director of Admissions Shelby Riter at

Divisions & Courses

At Allendale Columbia, we prepare students for the world they will inherit. In our trusting and responsive environment, students in nursery through grade 12 grow in confidence and develop scholastic independence.