About

Playful Learning: About Us

At Playful Learning…

We are bringing education to life by developing, teaching, and sharing life-changing lessons with children, parents, and teachers—both online and in our brick and mortar studio.

Our online classes and studio offerings provide the perfect solution for parents & teachers who want to make the most of their children’s education, and ensure that they are confident and capable learners.

Playful Learning sparks the student’s desire to learn and taps into the parent’s need to assess, enrich, and grow their child’s innate abilities. We provide families with the experiences, information, tools, and resources needed for their children to succeed.

All of our offerings are custom designed and created by educational experts to meet both the academic and social + emotional needs of children.

Playful Learning Founder, Mariah Bruehl

Playful Learning was founded by award-winning educator and author, Mariah Bruehl. Mariah is a parent, educator, entrepreneur, and author of the book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). With over 25 years of experience working in the field of education and a Master of Science degree in Education from Bank Street College, she has worked as both a teacher and lower school director at highly respected schools such as The Dalton School in Manhattan and the Ross School in East Hampton, New York. Her second book, Playful Learning: Beyond the Basics, is slated to be released in the fall of 2017.

In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning website, Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons.


Playful Learning Studio: East Hampton, NYPlayful Learning Studio
 opened its doors in the spring of 2015 on Newtown Lane in the village of East Hampton, and provides educational enrichment to private clients and small groups of children, ages 2 to 14. Clients receive personalized instruction, in an optimal learning environment, that furthers the interests of the child and the goals of the parents. Engaging lessons, access to the finest materials, and highly individualized instruction offer children life-changing experiences and provides parents an inside glimpse into how their child learns best.

In the fall of 2015, Playful Learning launched House Calls in NYC, a service that delivers personalized learning to clients in the comfort of their own homes. This new offering has been well received and enables parents to provide a variety of Playful Learning programs, from book clubs to preschool groups, for their children year round.

Playful Learning’s approach attracts intelligent and thoughtful parents who are intuitively drawn to its philosophy of education. These families recognize that for their children to develop as critical and creative thinkers, they will need more than what the current education system offers. As a company, Playful Learning reflects the parents’ value system and is something they feel good about providing for themselves, their children, and their friends.