It all starts with a block

How a child learns to learn will impact his or her life forever . . .

Caroline Pratt observed children long before she tried to teach them. She came to realize that the more children actively participate in their own education, the more they get out of it.

City and Country opened in the autumn of 1914.

Visionary founder, Caroline Pratt believed the use of open-ended work materials offers children the opportunity to recreate the world around them and dramatize the events occurring in it.

The wooden unit blocks she developed for children ages two through seven were widely admired and copied.


Encouraged by Dewey and other educators, Pratt and her teachers began a practice of documenting their work in unprecedented detail and created decades of observation and practice to provide the framework for the integrated curriculum.

City and Country School celebrate their centenary.


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