We’ve seen what happens when programs, often with wonderful intentions, focus on one aspect of a child’s development—without attending to the many factors that influence the learning environment, without attending to the whole.
At SolBe, we are mindful of how people, spaces, programs, and wellness interact to create a truly exceptional experience—an early learning ecosystem that creates everyday learning opportunities for all.
We’ve felt the uncertainty that occurs when our children are in the care of someone else. At SolBe, we know you will always be your child’s first teacher; we’re here as a knowledgeable partner in your child’s education.
From our experience, children rise to the intellectual life of those around them, so we are committed to growing as individuals and as a team. You can count on us to provide a warm and engaging learning experience for your little one.
We’ve spent thousands of hours in classrooms that either overstimulate, underwhelm, or actively prevent educators from delivering the highest-quality education and care. At SolBe, you’ll go beyond the traditional four-walled classroom.
Our award-winning, inventive and uplifting learning spaces stimulate the senses and instill feelings of home-like safety and comfort. They allow for your child’s, and our educators’, changing needs and emotions. They create room for wonder—for learning, and living, outside the lines.
We’ve seen what’s lost when things are done the way they’ve always been done before. SolBe is an adaptive Spanish immersion program that refuses to accept the status quo.
Our inventive practices grow from the shoulders of giants, with roots in the Reggio Emilia approach, the Montessori method, and well-researched cognitive disciplines that attend to the whole child. We create opportunities to develop character attributes that your child will benefit from for a lifetime. Collaboration. Communication. Independence. Healthy risk-taking. Critical thinking. Emotional awareness. Resilience. Intellectual curiosity. Creative innovation. An authentic love of life and learning.
We know what it’s like to forget to feed ourselves—physically, mentally, and emotionally. At SolBe, we understand it’s impossible for you to pour from an empty cup. And we do what we can to keep your cup full.
Our learning ecosystem is designed with children and educators—and you—in mind. Seed-to-table nutrition program. Yoga and mindfulness. An all-inclusive experience so you don’t need to worry about finding time to provide meals, diapers, or wipes (unless you want to). Evening and weekend family programs.
AN ECOSYSTEM FOR EARLY LEARNING
Our learning ecosystem is an inventive, adaptable environment that supports continual improvement.
Our standards are high. We take an agile, cross-disciplinary approach. We question assumptions. We take different perspectives. We include. We hypothesize. We try new things. We observe. We communicate. We listen. We learn. We play. We grow. We care.
Redrawing “the classroom”
Children and educators can only do so much in a traditional, four-walled classroom. At SolBe, classrooms comprise two distinct spaces—a Dwelling and a Yard. The inspiring and purposeful design of these spaces enhance the mutually benefitial relationship between your child’s, and our educators’, positive experience of daily routines and educational pursuits. Our design deeply integrates people and programs within the space to support both development and wellbeing.
FLEXIBLE, SPECIALIZED SPACES
Dwellings are cozy, homelike spaces for quiet and focused activities. In contrast, the Yards provide the perfect space to make a mess, burn energy, or explore more active learning opportunity. Further, after school and during weekends, the Yards accommodate additional family programs that invite everyone back to SolBe to share fun experiences and extend family learning. These programs link home and school in a supportive loop.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Like a small village, students and their caregivers enjoy an openness and connectedness to a world beyond the comfort of their Dwelling. When they step into their Yard, which is full of natural light, it becomes clear that they are contributing members to a vibrant community.
Traditional Early Learning
Classrooms, accessed via corridors, encapsulate the day-to-day experience. Gross motor is scheduled for sharing between classrooms at defined times. The classroom must accommodate all types of learning activities.
The SolBe Experience
The SolBe classroom is broken into home-like Dwellings and outdoor-like Yard spaces within the learning center to intelligently support both focused and expansive learning activities, and to create an engaging environment for year-round play.
The first five years of your child’s development are the most influential.
Return on investment is highest for programs that target the earliest years because in these years the foundation for lifelong character is largely set—attributes like grit, flexibility, creativity, empathy, and a growth mindset. Research links these attributes to successful outcomes throughout life.
Source: James Heckman, Nobel Laureate in Economics
SolBe holds these pursuits to be self-evident: Continual improvement. Cross-disciplinary, research-based best practices. Honest and non-judgmental communication. A holistic approach. A willing mind. Your child's and your best interest at heart.
SolBe is currently accepting the applications of interested families.
631 VFW Pkwy
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
7 AM to 6 PM
Frequently Asked Questions
What is SolBe’s educational philosophy?
Our inventive practices grow from the shoulders of giants, with roots in the Reggio Emilia approach, the Montessori method, and well-researched cognitive disciplines that attend to the whole child. Our program includes Spanish exposure, which ranges from 90% Spanish in our infant classrooms to 20% Spanish in our oldest classrooms.
What is the educator to child ratio in each classroom?
We make it a priority to go above and beyond the recommendations and requirements of the EEC. The educator to child ratio in our classrooms are as follows: infants (2:7), younger toddlers (1:3), older toddlers (2:9), preschoolers/pre-k (1:9).
What food is on the menu at SolBe?
We’ve created a menu filled with recipes that involve children in the preparation of the food. We are inspired by the Early Sprouts curriculum, which is a seed-to-table approach. We’ve also been intentional about developing a menu that gives children ample opportunities to taste certain foods. Children need between 16 to 30 opportunities to try a food before they know if they like it or not!