The curriculum at our three preschools is inspired by the principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and guided by Jewish values, culture and traditions. Our program is aligned with the developmental guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children that support children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
Our approach is based on the image of the child as competent, strong, inventive and full of ideas. We provide opportunities for learning, exploration, creativity and self-expression based on the idea that children have the interest and potential to construct their own knowledge and establish relationships.
Our environment is warm and welcoming, and fosters children’s abilities to make choices, problem solve, master skills and develop relationships. Children’s relationships with one another, with their teachers, with their families, with their environment and with their community are an important part of their learning.
Collaboration based on mutual respect and trust among teachers, children and parents is a key element in our curriculum. Children, parents and teachers collaborate as equal partners in joyful experiences that encourage the development of knowledge, self-esteem and a deep commitment to the community.
Observing children in action and documenting what they say and do is an important component of our program and is used to create ideas for projects as well as to make learning visible. Documentation provides opportunities for the teachers and children to revisit their ideas, activities and projects, and to reflect on their experiences.
Jewish holidays are celebrated with our children and families throughout the school year. Jewish values reflect our preschool identity, create meaning in our daily life and provide a framework for the kind of relationships we strive to create.