The program is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. It provides experiences that enrich and enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical and creative development. With the center’s daily schedule each child has the opportunities to create and explore the enviorment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills and learn concepts through first hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self and teacher directed activities. Opportunities for solitary play as well as group activities are provided. Staff serves as a positive role models and provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child’s individual needs. We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing and we believe parents and teachers are partners in the child’s care and education.
Every child will receive the very best in Early Childhood Education from caring and highly trained teachers and providers. We offer children the opportunity to learn and develop in a pleasant, secure, creative and stimulating environment. We utilize curriculum that follows children’s interest and wonderment. We are inspired by the curriculum known as The Reggio Emilia Approach.The Reggio Approach places importance on the relationships between the children, with the family and with the teachers "with the environment of the school, with the community. It is a philosophy of early education that emphasizes documentation, emergent curriculum, community collaboration, the environment and respect for a child’s pace of learning.
The Image of the Child - Adults see children as competent, full of potential and active in constructing their own knowledge through interactions with others. Adults try to understand as fully as possible the child's point of view and abilities (the child's "culture").
Symbolic Representation - The Reggio Emilia approach can be seen as an extension of the "whole Language" approach as well as an entire array of creative media that are considered as "other languages". It is a way of using children's many ways of expressing themselves to enhance their creative, social and cognitive development.
The Role of the Environment - Through conscious use of space, color, natural light, displays of children's work, and attention to nature and detail, the environment serves as another teacher. The environment serves as an initiation to enter and participate.
The Role of the Teacher - Teachers facilitate children's ability to represent what they know and imagine. Teachers mediate between children's current understanding and what they are on the threshold of understanding.
The Importance of Time - In Reggio schools, time is not set by the clock, but by the child’s needs and interests. There should be sufficient time for a child to express, learn, explore, extend and revisit a given project.
The Role of the Parents - The education process involves three equally important participants: children, teachers and parents. The schools welcome parent involvement in a wide range of ways. The ideas and skills that the parents bring to the school and, even more important, the exchange of ideas between parents and teachers, favor the development of a new way of educating.
Also we believe that the best way to instill a love for reading is to first instill a love of being read interesting stories. Children’s literature plays a part in each classroom. We offer a reading center in each room with throw pillows and a large selection of books from which to choose.
We value the families and the community as a whole. We invite the children’s families to visit our center during scheduled times and involve them in many related events at the school.