Person of Interest: Ryan Brown

. March 31, 2017.
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Person: Ryan Brown
Occupation: Executive Director and Co-Founder at the U School

What is the U School?
An early childhood and family learning center in Ann Arbor. Our mission is “to offer a happy, healthy, and inspired early childhood learning environment that builds a positive sense of self in children and a connectedness to community.” We are in our second year of operation.

What sets your school apart from other preschools in the area?
A lot! The U School approach to early childhood learning is inspired by Reggio-Emilia practices and is rooted in the recognition of each individual’s self-worth while embracing the importance of the collective group. Our goal is to build each child’s foundation for, and excitement about, a lifetime of learning. Mostly, I really think it’s the school’s cultural vibe that feels so unique.

Can you describe a few of the community partnerships the U School has acquired over the years?
We’ve been able to develop community partnerships between some exciting organizations including the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor Art Center, Sic Transit Cycles, Summers-Knoll School, Allen Creek Preschool, Maker Works, and Big George’s.

What is your school’s vision for the future?
Our vision is for the U School to be a place that is inclusive to all family income levels. This is one of the largest issues early childhood providers face and we feel that we have a plan that can get us there.

If you could change anything about Ann Arbor, what would it be?
I’d love to see a more child-friendly downtown. I’d love to have a family park space to sit, relax, and play with my wife and children.

The U School Early Childhood Learning Center
www.theubuntuschool.com
734-368-9551

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