Judy’s Playgroup is the best experience I could have ever hoped for, for my son Harmony. Harmony is thriving in Judy’s world – her care and curation of their everyday experience is so thoughtful and detailed. Everything feels authentic from the routine for the day, to the friendships that have evolved, to the beautiful art projects explored and brought home. Harmony adores his fellow classmates and Meghan and Judy and expresses this to me often which warms my heart to hear.
I feel lucky and grateful to have stumbled across this rare, intimate experience for Harmony in his 2nd year. Exploring, making friends, sharing, being independent, learning to use the bathroom and eat and chit chat and much more is seamlessly explored in Judy’s Playgroup with the sentiment, care and generosity of spirit one dreams of for their child.
Although we have friends who have raved about Judy’s Playgroup, we were hesitant to enroll our daughter this year given COVID. But boy are we glad we did. Judy has been extremely vigilant about putting everyone’s health and safety first. Plus, it has been nice to have Judy and fellow parents to navigate these crazy times with.
Most importantly, our daughter could not be happier. We have really seen her thrive. We knew the minute we walked into Judy’s magical wonderland and saw our daughter excitedly play with the endless toys and curiosities that this was going to be a special place. But it has been so much more than we could have hoped. Whether it’s the excitement of seeing the friends she loves or sharing the latest creation she worked on at Judy’s (i.e. the fabulous books, necklaces, vegan goldfish, banana bread muffins, art projects, the list goes on…) it’s just been amazing to see our daughter blossom and grow.
We love knowing our daughter is under the watchful guidance of Judy whose immense heart, creative spirit and extensive experience bring the perfect balance of free play, socialization and learning to make this truly a perfect experience. We could not be happier and feel so lucky to have found Judy.
Prithvi Reddy and Mousmi Sharma
This year marks my third child that has been lucky enough to attend Judy’s Playgroup. I can’t imagine a more nurturing, loving, fun and creative introduction to school for a 2/3 year old. The child to teacher ratio is unbelievable and Judy truly is gifted when it comes to understanding and navigating all the emotions of a toddler. We have made wonderful friends with the other parents as well. All three of my children are slightly different in interests, confidence and personality and every one of them has loved their experience. We are so grateful to have discovered this warm community.
– Jocelyn & Charlie Gailliot
We noticed the minute we walked into Judy’s loft that it is a remarkable living and breathing space designed for and fine-tuned by two year olds. It is a space where the imaginations and wild spirits of toddlers have reigned supreme for 34 years. When we watched our daughter explore the space the first time, her eyes lit up at discovering this new world that seemed as though it was made just for her.
This special environment is just the backdrop for something even more remarkable that happens at Judy’s. In our daughter’s case, we noticed her picking up beautiful, generous, and confident habits from her playgroup – an empathetic gesture toward another child or adult, an out-of-the-blue emotional observation, an “I can do that on my own” reaction to things we had always helped her with. Often when my husband and I see our daughter doing something particularly kind toward another child – an unexpected willingness to share a favorite toy, for example – we turn to each other and say, “that’s all Judy.”
Our affection for Judy’s playgroup is matched only by our daughter’s. On playgroup mornings, our daughter always voices her excitement about a “Judy day.” When we arrive at Judy’s door, she stands up tall, knocks, and then races in with confidence, so eager to begin that she barely turns around to say goodbye. When we pick her up, she jumps into our arms excited to tell us all of the new things she did.
We will always to grateful to Judy for her guiding spirit and the discoveries she has helped our daughter make that we know will find a permanent place in her personality.
– Maggie Lynaugh and Brian Shaw