We believe that getting out into the community and bringing the community in helps us all to remember that learning does not just happen inside these four walls, but is happening all the time. We are grateful for the support of many parents and community organizations!
We are honored to have Naropa students in the Master’s Programs for Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program carry out Practicums at our school. These students offer additional Social/Emotional supports for our students and staff, and we are excited to share with them the ways in which we are able to bring S/E well-being into the classroom in each and every moment of the day.
We have often partnered with CU to offer students, usually from the CU INVST Community Studies Program, opportunities to learn about community leadership and the importance of Early Childhood Education.
As a professor at CU-Boulder, I love being a volunteer at Patchwork School. I’m impressed with their distinctive educational philosophy, and it’s clear that they are providing an environment where the children are growing socially and intellectually. And equally importantly, it’s clear that the children are really happy.
— Volunteer, 2010
Louisville Family Center offers Play Therapy, Parent Counseling, and other resources for heart centered family living. The Patchwork School partners with Louisville Family Center to provide Parent & Staff Workshops and other supports for Patchwork families and staff.
Offering children and seniors an opportunity to connect is such a joy given how often both age groups are segregated in our society. Each Halloween The Patchwork School visits Balfour for a Halloween parade where the seniors get to hand out (non-food) treats to the students and then we all sing some Halloween songs together. We’ve also collaborated for Valentine’s day and other holidays, as well.
Offering therapy services to the LGBTQ+ community in the greater Denver, Boulder area, Queer Asterisk has supported The Patchwork School by offering staff and parent educational workshops for our community. We have learned about systemic privilege and oppression, specifically heteronormativity through an intersectional lens, biological sex, gender, and sexuality as binary and linear social constructs, queer and non-binary identities and experiences, concepts and language pertaining to queer identities and experiences, best practice guidelines, strategies and tools to create inclusive spaces for queer and trans individuals and their families.