Preschool Programs

TALES FROM THE SHED OUTREACH

Unlike most specialist programs with just one Teaching Artist, we use a team including a musical director, resulting in adult-to-child ratios that promote more individualized interactions with children. Chickenshed staff are specially trained in working with children of all ages, developmental levels, and abilities, allowing us the opportunity to include everyone in everything!

Since the onset of COVID-19 we have adapted Tales so that it may be delivered online whilst remaining immersive, and retaining its high adult-to-child ratios as its essence. Decisions about the number of hours and groups are based on delivery and adequate transition time (10 minutes) is built into each plan to create a smooth flow between each group.

For information on bringing Tales from The Shed to your school, contact Artistic Director Cyndi Steele-Harrod Artistic@chickenshednyc.org

NEW YORK DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM

Covid-19 restrictions presented major challenges to both public and private preschools in terms of arts enrichment programs. Distance learning and physical social distancing limited visiting performers and theatrical immersive experiences at the same time as arts budgets were reduced or eliminated.

Thanks to two individual donors we have been able to fund a 5 week pilot program in four preschools and reaching over 1000 children in communities that have been severely impacted by the pandemic. This program began with each school having their own performances, followed by two preschools at a time coming together virtually to meet, share and learn from one another.

If you would like to learn more about this program or are interested in sponsoring your school so that they can share in this unique experience contact Ali@chickenshednyc.org

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