our Mission Statement
Founded in 2012, Downtown Community School Inc. is a progressive educational, non-profit institution, located in Historic Barrio Viejo in downtown Tucson, Arizona. The school operates on the central tenets of mindfulness, attachment theories, empathy, community, kindness and RISKY PLAY. Our framework is founded in contemporary neuroscience and developmentally appropriate curricula, providing an optimal environment for early childhood development. A physical environment where open-ended risk taking is encouraged and creativity and collaboration is paramount. We believe that all artwork should be process. As such, we offer a child-centered environment where children feel deeply connected to their peers, teachers (facilitators) and are active leaders in their environment. Rooms are rich with opportunities for experimentation and exploration. We are an inclusive community where both children and their families are celebrated and honored for their uniqueness and valued as authentic contributors to this world. At Downtown Community School our spotlight is on children thriving and families feeling supported and engaged in their child’s development and learning.
What makes dcs so special
A sensory and intentional indoor/outdoor play environment.
A whole-child approach to learning.
Small class sizes, and individualized attention.
A nurturing, home like environment.
A progressive developmentally appropriate curriculum, with a special emphasis on emotional intelligence.
Creative art invitations offered multiple times a day.
A community center dedicated to supporting children, parents and educators.