We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about our organization. In all of our programming, we use childhood, collaboration and community as a framework for planning and learning. We prepare our children to be “ready for school” by providing them with opportunities for rich learning and relationship building through play and in-depth curriculum investigations. By the time they are school-aged and ready for our after-school program, children feel like our program is a second home to return to after the structure of elementary school.
We believe that all children are full of remarkable capabilities and have a right to a childhood filled with play, exploration, and excitement about learning. Children’s learning is enhanced with respect and support from adults. As you move through our classrooms you may recognize influences from the philosophies of Montessori, Waldorf, and most markedly, the schools of Reggio Emilia in Italy.
We see children as enormously creative, and capable of complex learning through self-directed play. We build our curriculum around their questions and pursuits and the skills they are trying to master. We pay close attention to cultivating their self-esteem and their dispositions toward learning, risk-taking, socialization and problem solving.
We implement anti-bias practices and emphasize the value of diversity that does not stereotype, trivialize, or objectify. We seek a team approach in our care giving and teaching, while striving for collaboration with families and the wider community. Our faculty value children as individuals, and as members of families, cultures and communities.