The philosophy of education at the Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC) is inspired by the world-renowned schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our core belief is that: every child has the infinite capacity for brilliance in multiple intelligences.
As a result, our curriculum is child initiated and teacher framed, and revolves around open-ended and often long-term projects, with project-based learning playing a key role. We believe children create their own knowledge through hands-on experiences and authentic play. Teachers’ transcriptions of children’s non-verbal and verbal language, photographs of their activity, and representations of their thinking are composed to present the process of learning.
Reggio Emilia Inspired Philosophy
This philosophy of education was developed in northern Italy, in the town of Reggio Emilia.
The Reggio Emilia school of thought believes that:
- Children are natural scientists; driven by curiosity, and have the ability to form strong theories about the world around them.
- A child’s creative expression is his or her way of communicating what he or she understands about the world.
- The concept of wonder begins the process of learning and is a vital quality within all children.
Unique to the Reggio philosophy is the idea that every child has a hundred languages. Consequently, we believe that children learn using many forms of expression, such as: art, dance, drama, and music.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy also values parents as the child’s first teacher. Parent participation can take many forms. The ideas and skills that families bring to the school, as we as the exchange of ideas between parents and teachers, favor the development of Reggio Emilia. Parents and teachers collaborate to forge a beautiful partnership.
The ECEC also offers a unique opportunity for Alternatives in Action High School youth excited about exploring the career field of early childhood education. Students from Alternatives in Action High School participate in an intensive, hands-on training program within the Early Childhood Education Pathway program.