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Bloom Community School is reopening the Seedlings Class for 4-year-olds this school year (2024-2025). Our program brings together play-based learning and creative education in nature and community, led by experienced teachers who nurture the growth of each unique child.


With educators focused on whole-child development, young students will thrive as they spend significant time outdoors... build fantastical worlds of blocks and sticks... create art... tell stories... follow curiosity into inquiry... collect plants and creatures... spark new thinking from children's literature... and build knowledge based on integrated experiences. Bloom students take home their learning -- from muddy feet to enhanced social skills, original creations to book requests, new friends to developmental milestones. 

Bloom's Pre-K program is unique in the Bloomington-Normal, IL, area, focusing on whole-child development and play-based learning, as well as:

  • Small classroom environment

  • Nature-based play and discovery

  • Nurturing each child through developmental milestones at their own pace

  • Cultivation of wonder in learning and the natural world

  • Developmentally appropriate introduction of pre-writing and pre-math skills

  • Fostering communication skills and emotional regulation (appropriate to each child's developmental stage)

  • Incorporation of arts into everyday learning activities

  • Connections to other classes in our caring school community

  • Foundations for critical thinking

The Pre-K program will be launched when we reach a minimum of 6 students. We will enroll 4-year-olds whose birthdays are before September 1.

​Please fill out the form linked here and above (yellow button). A Bloom staff or board member will call or email you when we receive your information in order to share more about the Seedlings program and learn about your child and family. You may also contact Leah Souder, Teacher & Learning Coordinator of Bloom Community School, at


Tuition for full-day enrollment in the early learning Seedling Class, for children age 4 by Sept. 1, is $8,700. 


Immediate payment of the application fee is waived for this program because a threshold of 6 students must be reached before we can launch this year's Seedlings Class. An enrollment deposit to reserve your child's place in the class will be required when program application acceptances reach the required threshold. We will be in close communication with your family about this process. Launch of the program will then require a signed contract from parents and registration with the FACTS tuition management program will be open, which requires a fee for automatic payment set-up (the school does not set this fee). Limited financial aid may be available for eligible families, based on the order in which we receive applications and an assessment of need from a private and secure third-party online service.

For more information about the Seedling Class and to connect with teaching staff please send email to​​

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