Compost Heats Up at PIC!

Preschooler composting at PIC

From the Sustainability Committee

Composting is nature's method for turning waste -- like food scraps -- into nutritious plant food for our gardens  This winter, the Sustainability Task Force has been working on supporting and expanding composting at PIC.

Right now, we're excited to report that four classrooms -- the Fireflies, the Blue Jays, the Grasshoppers, and the Roadrunners -- are up and running with composting programs, each working in slightly different ways to fit the unique schedules of the individual classrooms. And, teacher Tiana in the Doodlebugs has been brainstorming ways that even a classroom with babies and toddlers can incorporate a small composting program into its curriculum and routines.

PIC currently has two composting bins available -- a tumbler style bin in the playground and another unit in the soon-to-be native plant garden along the north wall of the Stucco building. Come spring, the compost in these bins will be used to fertilize various gardens at the Center, turning waste into rich new soil.

If your family would like to try composting, check out this informative NPR piece from April 2020 on How to Compost at Home.

We invite you to join the Sustainability Task Force! Please contact Associate Director Jessica Carter at or PIC Board member and parent Jill Shashaty at to get involved.