Cairn Hill An Educational Collaborative

Cairn Hill is an after school program that seeks to enrich the education of children in underserved communities

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Cairn Hill Nature Preschool

We are located in Lynn, Massachusetts, a Gateway City with an impressive mixture of ethnicities, income levels and languages. Lynn boasts a rare and majestic expanse of 2,200 acres at Lynn Woods, many ponds and marshlands, and the Atlantic ocean at its feet — the perfect location for a nature preschool.

The Cairn Hill Nature Preschool offers children a comprehensive foundation for school success, with explicit instruction in literacy, math and science.

Arts-integrated Learning

Our developmentally appropriate curriculum features:

Cairn Hill Nature Preschool is a year round program, offering full and partial-day enrollment for working parents, and a tiered tuition scale. We also provide parent support programs.

Ready for Kindergarten!

The children who attend Cairn Hill’s Nature Preschool will arrive in kindergarten with solid academics, minds free to inquire and learn, bodies strong and able to work, hands ready to create, and hearts open to others and to the wonders of nature.These balanced children will be well prepared for kindergarten — and life!

Our Unique Curriculum

Cairn Hill provides quality, holistic learning opportunities to children who would not otherwise have access to them. Our unique “hybridized” curriculum is both inspired by the principles of Waldorf education, and informed by the Common Core State Standards. Because many of the children we serve have recently arrived to the United States and are learning ESL, our curriculum emphasizes vocabulary and language development.

Our programs offer a full exploration of artistic media projects, integrated with stories that incorporate academic vocabulary. Cairn Hill has published a collection of original stories used in our programs called The Art of Word Weaving (pictured to the left).

Children in our programs spend signi cant time outdoors. Research has demonstrated that active outdoor time fosters social-emotional development, autonomy, helps to develop the key learning skill of executive function, and can be therapeutic in addressing attention de cit disorders.

Being outdoors provides a wonderful context for inquiry- based and STEM learning.

Our gardening programs involve children actively in the growing, harvesting and preparation of nutritious meals and supports the development of lifelong healthy eating habits.

Nature-based Education

Nature-based education is promoted by the Natural Start Alliance and the Children and Nature Network which support young children’s connection to nature and environmental awareness. For more information, visit and

Waldorf Education

Waldorf education is an independent school movement with over 120 schools in the US and 1000 worldwide. Through arts-integrated academics for children from preschool through high school that enhances and enriches learning,Waldorf education aims to inspire lifelong learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capacities. To learn more, visit


The Art of Word Weaving is now available! To purchase click here.


Our supporters are invited to browse the extensive collection of works on Doffie's site ( Since the Arnold family has generously extended their partnership with Cairn Hill, her paintings will continue to be available for on-line purchase or by contacting the project administrator to view Doffie's work. Eighty percent of the purchase price of any piece of art is considered a tax-deductible donation to Cairn Hill, Inc. Thank you!


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