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ASSISTED REPRODUCTION & RELATED SERVICES

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SeedTrust Escrow, LLC

https://www.seedtrustescrow.com/

SeedTrust is the leading technology-enabled escrow fund manager for egg donation and surrogacy. At SeedTrust, we endeavor to help families grow and reduce the financial stress of the escrow process by providing secure, transparent, affordable, and reliable escrow services to intended parents, surrogates and egg donors throughout their collaborative reproductive arrangements, allowing parents and surrogates to focus on what matters most — building families.

The SeedTrust team provides expertise in managing escrow funds with specialized knowledge of the surrogacy process. Our confidential and easy-to-use online portal ensures that all payments are managed and distributed securely and on schedule, with communication and support throughout the process.

Our simple, secure online platform is supported by best-in-class technology that creates a simple, transparent process—providing the intended parents, egg donor, surrogate, and the agency immediate access to their entire case file online, as well as real-time updates on account balances, payments, and disbursement requests.

SeedTrust escrow funds are bonded, insured, and securely held in an attorney-managed trust account. Disbursement requests are processed within 24 hours, payments are direct-deposited, and notifications are sent instantly via email.

SeedTrust inspires trust and peace of mind—allowing everyone involved to focus on their family-building journey. Schedule a chat with one of our ART Escrow Consultants today!


CAMPS

CampOUT at The Farm School

Register for Camp

Creating Community for Queer, Trans, Non-Binary Youth & Allies, and Youth from LGBTQ+ Families

Overnight Summer Camp: Monday, August 19 - Friday, August 23 for ages 9 – 14

Counselors In Training (CITs) ages 15 - 19

CampOut at The Farm School is a place for Queer, Trans, Non-Binary Youth & Allies, and Youth from LGBTQ+ Families to be part of a welcoming and supportive community where difference and diversity are celebrated through discussion and collaborative activities such as arts, crafts, games, zine creation, cooking, animal care, forestry, vegetable harvesting, friendship-making, and much more.

The Farm School is excited to partner with CampOUT in providing a week-long farm camp experience for 9 to 14 year-olds, and youth ages 15 to 19 who participate as CITs (counselors in training).

The Farm School, located in Central Massachusetts, covers over 300 acres of open land and woods, and includes both extensive gardens and a variety of farm animals. Campers get to be members of the farm community and experience the magic of the farm through contributing to the gardens, caring for animals and forestry. The wonderful, experienced staff is diverse in their gender identity, race, ethnicity and age.


Textile Arts Center

TEXTILE ARTS CENTER SUMMER CAMP

info@textileartscenter.com
https://textileartscenter.com/youth-programs/summer-camp/

Textile Arts Center Summer Camp welcomes children ages 5-14 to create within the world of contemporary and historical textiles in exciting week long programs!

Each camp week features an in-depth project using fiber & textile techniques, with concepts drawn from textile exhibitions and local textile artists.

Textiles exist in nearly every aspect of our everyday lives and function in the world of utility as well as fine art & design. Learning about how something is made and the labor that goes into an object promotes appreciation of making and our ecological impacts. Textile Arts Center empowers youth to see themselves as the makers and innovators of the future and to continue a love of textiles long after summer camp is over.



WILD EARTH

2307 Lucas Turnpike, High Falls, NY 12440
845-256-9830
hello@wildearth.org
https://wildearth.org/

Wild Earth is a nonprofit that makes nature connection accessible for youth and adults through learner-centered programs that encourage participants to deepen their relationship with nature, each other, and themselves. Serving more than 4,000 individuals in the Hudson Valley annually, Wild Earth engages with participants through weekend programs, workshops, recess and after school programs, spring and summer camps, field trips, and so much more.

Central to all of our programs is a unique organizational philosophy that prioritizes building connections and relationships in outdoor spaces. Wild Earth nurtures the development and empowerment of youth and adults by fostering reciprocity with nature, cultivating regenerative practices, and uplifting equity and environmental justice.

At Wild Earth programs, all of the senses are engaged as participants meet plants and animals, learn wilderness skills, create natural crafts, and build deep connections with friends and inspiring adult and teen mentors. Our instructors tailor activities to the interests of the participants, fostering curiosity and guiding learning through skillful questions, opportunities for appropriate risk-taking, and empowering challenges.

We can’t wait to see you in the woods!


FLORISTS

Florists Nearby

FLORISTS NEARBY

https://www.florists-nearby.com

SOCIAL FLOWERS

https://www.socialflowers.com/


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GAYELLOW PAGES

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PRESCHOOLS AND INDEPENDENT DAY & BOARDING SCHOOLS

Beauvoir School

BEAUVOIR, THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

202-537-6493
www.beauvoirschool.org

Beauvoir, located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC, is a coeducational independent elementary school that serves approximately 400 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade. Beauvoir’s mission is to provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Its program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning. As an Episcopal School, Beauvoir welcomes students and families of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate their individual stories and collective experiences. The School aligns its practices and decisions with its goal to be a child-centered, safe and deeply engaged learning community.


C'E MONTESSORI

www.montessoribrooklyn.com

C'E Montessori is an independent, coeducational Spanish/English dual-language Montessori school for Toddlers through Fourth Grade. The school's philosophy is an evolved take on the Montessori method, and they provide an advanced curriculum that is adapted to the needs of children in NYC today. C'E Montessori is a vibrant community of parents, teachers and children. C'E defines its vision and staff as Modern Montessori Purists - Traditional Montessori in the classroom for their students, transparent accountability and metrics online for their staff and parents. C'E Montessori enrolls children for its three different school programs. Toddlers, Primary and Lower Elementary. Children applying for our Toddler program must be two years old upon enrollment, our Primary (3-6), Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade), and Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade) programs are mixed aged classrooms. Visit the website for information on virtual tours and admissions information as well as summer camp details.

At C'E Montessori we prepare the child to transform their world, without prejudice to what that world will be, which child will transform it or how it needs to be transformed. We respect the potential of the child and the fundamentals of our ideas enough to allow our students to imagine that world different.


THE CREFELD SCHOOL

8836 Crefeld Street
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-242-5545
www.crefeld.org
7th - 12th grade

A gender inclusive school, serving students in grades 7 through 12, The Crefeld School's mission is to graduate self-aware, empathetic, lifelong learners, who possess an appreciation for diverse perspectives, their role in society, and their ability to act as agents of change. Located in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Crefeld provides an intentionally different college preparatory program to help students become their best selves.

Values
● Trust-based system: ​Everyone at Crefeld is a member of the community. As members of this community, trust is essential to our functioning.

● Commitment to social justice: ​We believe it is our responsibility to do what we can to eliminate bias based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, political affiliation, national origin, or disability.

● Diversity, equity and inclusion: ​Crefeld is committed to building a culture that respects and embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are critical for advancing knowledge, sparking innovation, and creating sustainable communities.

● Strength-based approach: ​At Crefeld, we celebrate what students do well every day and help develop compensation strategies for areas of growth.

● Embrace individuality: ​Through the advisory system, each student is recognized as an individual and has a well-supported designated advocate monitoring their education at Crefeld.


Dawson School

DAWSON SCHOOL

10455 Dawson Dr.
Lafayette, CO 80026
303-665-6679
www.dawsonschool.org

Dawson School is the Boulder County region’s leading independent, college-preparatory school for students in grades K-12. Dawson offers challenging academics, robust arts and athletics programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education. Emphasizing respect, compassion, courage, and integrity, Dawson prioritizes the social-emotional well-being of our community. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

• Student:Faculty ratio 7:1
• Average class size of 15
• 100% graduation rate
• 7 bus routes daily; multiple, convenient stops
• 48 sports teams; post-season play typical
• 20 arts program options
• Over $6m college scholarships yearly
• Study abroad options
• 107-acre campus
• Integrated technology; K-12 coding
• 10 hours of specials weekly in Lower School
• Hot lunch prepared daily, included
• Leadership, public speaking, character education
• Two full gyms; playing fields; tennis courts
• Challenge course; two learning gardens; orchard
• Involved parent community

THE DAWSON DIFFERENCE: For 50 years, Dawson has been meeting each student where they are, and developing them into the world’s leaders, thinkers, and creators. Students experience relevant, real-world learning, discover passions, and cultivate the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and beyond -- all in a supportive environment that recognizes them as individuals. Please visit our community of students, faculty, staff, and families who value, and share a commitment to, leading-edge education.


FRENCH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Rooted in San Francisco and informed by a global perspective, French American + International is the intellectual home for those seeking a world-class education and an inclusive, multicultural community. We inspire students to discover their individualities, pursue their passions, and think internationally.

Learn more at www.internationalsf.org.


GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL CHICAGO

1726 W Berteau Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
+1-773-857-3000
admissions@germanschoolchicago.com
www.germanschoolchicago.com

The German International School Chicago (GISC) is a private, nonprofit IB World School that offers a bilingual, international education to over 185 students from Preschool through Grade 8. Currently in its 15th school year, GISC intends to grow through the completion of high school.

GISC welcomes students of all backgrounds and nationalities. There are currently over 40 nationalities represented and close to 30 languages spoken at home. German language skills are not required for most grades.

Low student-teacher ratios enable students to learn in a supportive and individualized environment that nurtures curiosity and creativity while fostering global awareness. GISC students – fluent in German and English – will become well-rounded, creative, and responsible global citizens.


GERMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF SILICON VALLEY

www.gissv.org
admissions@gissv.org
650-254-0748

Mountain View Campus
Preschool – Grade 12
310 Easy Street

San Francisco Campus
Preschool – Grade 9
117 Diamond St. (Castro)

The German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) is an independent bilingual immersion school focused on nurturing students using a stimulating project-based learning system that fosters critical, independent and imaginative thinking.

We feature a strong science program and are a recognized MINT (the German equivalent to STEM) school. Our Teachers are at the heart of the GISSV experience. We pride ourselves in our caring, highly qualified, experienced and international faculty, most of whom have gone through Germany’s rigorous teacher training and hold an advanced German degree (Master’s equivalent).

Our unique homeroom teacher system allows students to stay with the same teacher for several years, forging a strong bond, and for students joining us with little or no knowledge of either German or English, we offer individualized language learning support.

GISSV is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and is recognized as the only official German School Abroad (DAS) in California. This enables our students to graduate with dual diplomas, the California High School Diploma and the German International Abitur offering worldwide opportunities.

Schedule a tour with our Admissions Director and discover more about GISSV.


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GWYNEDD FRIENDS SCHOOL

http://www.gwyneddfriendsschool.org/

Mission: Rooted in Quaker values, GFS unites play with academics in an environment that inspires respect, reflection, and confidence in young children.

Philosophy: Our foundation is the Quaker belief that there is "that of God" in every person. In keeping with that belief, we treat each child as a special individual. We help them develop a love of learning, and nurture a caring awareness of the broader community through service. The curriculum is based on the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship, and is communicated through playful learning and hands-on discovery. Children are inspired to learn through the natural setting of our campus. We encourage a strong sense of school community, strive to be intentionally inclusive, and give children skills and opportunities to become peace makers.

Vision: GFS students use their foundation of curiosity, caring, and a love for learning to develop their talents to the fullest and to become responsible global citizens who contribute positively to their chosen communities.


HILLBROOK SCHOOL

300 Marchmont Drive
Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 356-6116
admission@hillbrook.org
www.hillbrook.org

Be Kind, Be Curious, Take Risks, Be Your Best: these are the Core Values of Hillbrook School, an independent JK-12 school in Los Gatos and downtown San José, California. At Hillbrook, students find a close, welcoming community of friends, parents, and educators—a place where every student is known, and a school where every student is encouraged to be exactly who they are. At Hillbrook, we know that who we are together makes a difference in the world.

In addition to strong academic programs in math, sciences, the arts, history, world languages, students can explore their passions and curiosities—student choice and engagement are firmly at the center of a Hillbrook education. Guided by the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship, students learn how to discover what matters to them and their own agency to create change and turn their ideas into impact.

As a school, we move into the future with intention—diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into our academic curriculum, preparing students to see the world as it is, imagine what it might be, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build a better future for all. Hillbrook is an extraordinary place to be a student. Visit www.hillbrook.org or email admission@hillbrook.org to schedule a tour—we can’t wait to meet you!


LYCÉE FRANÇAIS DE SAN FRANCISCO

https://www.lelycee.org

LFSF, the Lycée Français de San Francisco, offers a unique multilingual and multicultural education program designed to empower students to become adaptable global thinkers, able to make meaningful contributions to our world. From Preschool (2 years old) to High School, LFSF students grow up cultivating curiosity and critical thinking, empathy and respect for others.

Our international community (50+ nationalities / 30+ languages) supports and deeply cares about the DEI work done everyday. LFSF is proud to celebrate and include all members of its community at large.

Our program, which is also composed of an international section starting in Elementary school, allows students to graduate with a double diploma (French Baccalaureate and U.S. High School Diploma), and is an excellent preparation for universities in North America (for 80+% of our students), Europe or anywhere in the world.

Accredited by CAIS (California Association of Independent Schools) as well as the French Ministry of National Education, LFSF brings you close to 60 years of experience in bilingual education.

LFSF is a Candidate School* for the internationally renowned IB program to add an international track (LFSF iTrack) from Kindergarten to Gr 12. This continuous program provides students with an outstanding French language acquisition curriculum that will lead to an IB Bilingual diploma. Contact our Admissions office for more information.

*This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that LFSF believes is important for our students.

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its four academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), the Diploma Programme, or the Career-related Programme (CP).  Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit www.ibo.org.


McDonogh School

MCDONOGH SCHOOL

Owings Mills, Maryland
mcdonogh.org

McDonogh is a welcoming community dedicated to providing a learning environment based on mutual respect, understanding, and kindness. It is a place where joy is ever-present and opportunities abound for deep thinking, innovating, collaborating, and discovering passions. Under the guidance of talented and caring teachers, students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade are empowered to be self-reliant, critical thinkers who can form, test, and revise their ideas—for themselves, and in the service of others.

In addition to state-of-the-art academic, art, and athletic facilities, McDonogh’s 800-acre campus provides countless opportunities for exploration. Learning also takes place at Roots, the school’s 11-acre farm, where students discover how to be good stewards of the Earth and its people by planting and caring for crops and harvesting produce for local food pantries.

With a fleet of 20 buses that make stops in Baltimore City and surrounding counties, McDonogh is right around the corner! Upper School students also have the option of participating in our five-day boarding program that allows them to live on campus during the school week and become further immersed in campus life.


OPEN HOUSE NURSERY SCHOOL

318 Warren Street Suite A
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718.625.5252
www.openhousekids.org

For over 50 years, Open House has maintained an open door to all families and their children aged 2-5. At Open House, we believe in the central importance of a child’s social and emotional growth. We provide many rich play-based experiences in art, music, math, natural science, and literature, and through these, children gain cognitive skills and a confident social identity. Our developmentally sensitive and interactive approach allows children to be both self-directed and adult-supported.

Our school, located steps from the Bergen Street F/G stop, was designed with young children in mind and has five classrooms and a sunny enclosed rooftop playground. We offer highly flexible scheduling, with extended days, so that families may create programs that best suit their needs.

In keeping with our progressive educational philosophy, no screening, interview, or formal application determines admission to Open House. All that is required is interest, as established by taking a tour, filling out a brief application form, and paying an application fee of $100. Please visit www.openhousekids.org for more information and to schedule a tour.

We look forward to seeing you at Open House!


PRESIDIO KNOLLS SCHOOL

https://www.presidioknolls.org/

Presidio Knolls School is an independent Mandarin-immersion school in the vibrant SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco.

PKS serves students in preschool (age 2.5) through eighth grade. Our 21st century curriculum works at the intersection of Mandarin immersion and progressive education, with full immersion through 5th grade, and 50% through middle school. We provide a joyful, project-based, bilingual learning experience that fosters our students’ mental flexibility, increases their global competencies, and helps them find new ways of seeing the world. We honor our students’ capacities to inquire, discover, create, and make meaning for themselves; we prepare them to be engaged, thoughtful, and ethical leaders as well as responsible citizens.

PKS is home to curious and engaged learners of many backgrounds and identities. Our imperative is to advance cultural competence, social justice, and ethical leadership in a joyful bilingual environment.

The PKS community strives to be a community of belonging, a place where all students, families, faculty, and staff feel welcomed, respected, and valued, with agency to help shape our future.

Please visit us at presidioknolls.org/admissions-welcome to learn more and to register for information sessions.


DISCOVER MORE AT ROYCEMORE

Roycemore is an independent PK-12 college preparatory school in Evanston, Illinois founded on Northwestern University's campus in 1915.

Our diverse and intimate community, rooted in academic excellence, inspires each student to:
• Discover their passions: Student-centered and experiential learning opportunities allow students to explore topics they are deeply curious about.

• Think without limits: Students are challenged where they excel while being supported where they need it.

• Find their voice: Our Portrait of a Graduate emphasizes the importance of social-emotional skills alongside scholarship and citizenship. Students learn how to advocate for themselves and others.

• Live courageously: Our intentionally small community prioritizes personal relationships. Students feel seen, heard, and known by their teachers and peers which helps them reach their full potential.

Now enrolling! Learn more about Roycemore and arrange a visit to campus: www.roycemoreschool.org/admissions.


Woodland School

WOODLAND SCHOOL

woodland-school.org

Educating preschool through eighth grade students, Woodland is a small school with a big heart. Families choose Woodland because they feel connected to our core values of curiosity, resilience, integrity, equity, respect, and stewardship, which are reflected in our curriculum, classrooms, and our grounded and inclusive community. Woodland is a school for the whole family as children grow and develop throughout their earliest educational experiences. While our preschool students explore their natural curiosity in a hands-on early childhood environment, our kindergarten through fourth grade students develop a love for learning through small class sizes and nurturing teachers. During middle school, our fifth through eighth grade students are supported through their adolescent years as they learn critical tools of self-advocacy, responsibility, and strength of voice.

Each day, Woodland strives to live its mission of developing collaborative, creative, and confident learners with the strength of voice to follow their heart and make a difference. Located just west of Stanford University, Woodland students are kind to one another, are curious learners, are inclusive in the classroom and on the playground, lead daily assembly, and create and complete stewardship projects. Our students make Woodland a comfortable place for all children. Go Wildcats!


York Prep

YORK PREP

40 West 68th St.
New York, NY 10023
www.yorkprep.org

York Prep is a New York City independent school committed to creating a nurturing environment that challenges and supports each student in a diverse and inclusive setting. Compassionate educators guide students through a traditional and rigorous curriculum, while employing a range of innovative techniques to cultivate each individual student’s skills, abilities, and interests. York strives to support all students as they grow into lifelong learners and responsible citizens.

Their program offers an unparalleled Jump Start Program with one on one personalized attention, along with Honors courses, AP classes, and a world class Scholars Program. The thorough and student-centered college counseling program provides guidance tailored to each student’s particular needs and interests.

York has built a community based on a fundamental principle. As founder and headmaster, Ronald Stewart, loves to say, “Character trumps Algebra.” While the curriculum is challenging and prepares students to succeed academically in top schools, York prepares them to do much more than just earn good grades. York prepares them to be confident people of character.

"My daughter’s success is due to all the dedicated staff and faculty at York. I am proud of my daughter's achievements but if she were a beautiful flower, York would be the sun and the rain." -York Prep Parent