We believe that children find meaning and joy through their play. Our strong commitment to this essential truth can be witnessed in our rich, developmentally appropriate play-based curriculum. Through play, children construct their understanding of the world and acquire the physical, intellectual, and social skills that will be the foundation of their successes throughout their lives.
The work we do in our ECC is inspired by the progressive tradition of Reggio Emilia. We do not view children as empty vessels waiting to be filled with adult-given knowledge, but as constructors of their own learning and experiences in school. The teacher’s role in this environment is to guide and facilitate, observe and document, support, and inspire.
Our philosophy for children’s programming is deeply influenced by the work of John Dewey, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, and Lev Vygotsky and is characterized by a deep engagement with the child at every level. Classroom schedules, space, mesmerizing materials, and the quality of a child’s relationships are carefully considered and intentional. Our learning spaces are designed to create a sense of wonder, inquiry, and human connection. We believe that the environment can act as an additional teacher.