Our School

‘Where your child is loved like family’


Sweet Chickadee School is a farm based NYS licensed Daycare

and certified Lifeways program for children 5wks – 5yrs.

We offer programming part time and full time M-F 8am-5:00pm

(518) 567-9527



Sweet Chickadee School invites children into our home to be nurtured and loved by our family. We provide the best care possible while offering a broad range of developmentally appropriate activities that will delight and inspire children. We live a rich life here at the Homestead where beauty, nature, art, warmth, animals, joy and farming are always present and eagerly shared.

At Sweet Chickadee School we hope to expand and deepen children’s relationship with nature. We believe time in the natural world and farm environment offers a profound, meaningful foundation for children, and that foundation can be an invaluable future support and resource for them. Therefore we will spend parts of each day outside in all seasons. Our time will be spent: playing, planting, raking, learning animal care, exploring and being.

After our morning greeting and circle time we will do our “work”. Work is an opportunity to engage in and see the affect one has in the world around them both alone and socially. Work is not forced yet offered as a part farm life and what needs to be done. Work is always happening in some form and becomes normal, fun and anticipated. Work includes, harvesting from the garden, chopping vegetables for lunch, sanding wood for a building project, folding napkins, watering the plants and some parents see an increased participation in home life tasks.

We provide a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack that will nourish and sustain the children. All meals are homemade here, they are wholesome delicious, satisfying and organic. Meals are vegetarian with limited dairy and wheat.

All food is prepared in a kitchen that processes meat, wheat and nuts.


Click here to download School Application

For more information:

Please email  J’Mae Shemroske, sweetchickadeeschool@gmail.com