Research shows that play enhances children's problem-solving and social skills, leading to more curious, independent, joyful learners. The Phebe Anna Thorne School of Bryn Mawr College invites children to explore and learn in a nurturing, enriched environment that helps them master foundational academic skills while becoming more creative, caring, and self-confident.
This Main Line institution, which was established in 1952 as a laboratory nursery school at the College, offers developmentally appropriate, child-centered programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children, including a Language Enrichment program for children with identified speech and language difficulties. The Thorne Kindergarten Center, located at Haverford College, offers a small, nurturing full-day kindergarten program where foundational academic skills are balanced with opportunities for play and discovery, as well as multisensory language-enriched programming for children who have been identified as at risk for learning disabilities. Thorne also offers a variety of Early Intervention Programs for children age 3 to 6, developed by Susan Chaplick.
"Thorne's focus on interpersonal skills served both of my children well. They've matured into resilient teens who can competently navigate the different social situations with which they're faced." —Berit Haahr