Preschools using the Reggio Emilia Approach
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Reggio Emilia school in Albany, El Cerrito area?
I've recently discovered that what I find lacking in Montessori (which
my son currently attends) is available in a Reggio Emilia school. I've
toured a wonderful school in Rockridge, but it seems too far from our
home in Richmond to make it work. Our younger son is in a daycare in El
Cerrito. I'm wondering if there are any Reggio Emilia schools in the 80
corridor, especially around El Cerrito, Albany, or Richmond. I'm aware
of Duck's Nest and Aquatic Park School, but neither have full-time
openings. We are looking to start immediately. If anyone is aware of
another Reggio school with immediate full-time (8-6 M-F) openings,
please let me know. Thanks!!
Searching for the right school
I would like to recommend a school that is not in that geographic area but
is a Reggio Emelia-inspired school that I find totally worth the drive for
my daughter. I live farther than Richmond and drive to Oakland Garden School
because outdoor play and the Reggio experience are both very important to
me. I visited in the spring and my daughter and I both fell in LOVE with the
expansive outdoor grounds, the nature-based curriculum, and the beautiful
and magical classrooms. You will not find a school with a larger, more
stunning outdoor space, which includes egg-laying chickens and goats! It is
worth a look if you are truly interested in a Reggio curriculum. My
daughter, a gentle and somewhat shy soul, begs to go to school on the
weekends and comes home dirty and covered in paint. It is worth it for me to
make the drive for the one year she is in preschool before she starts
kindergarten. In full disclosure, since enrolling her, I have become a
parent volunteer and serve as the school's office coordinator.
Driving for the Reggio Experience
My daughter is 18 months old and I am looking into
preschools for her. I would like to start part time (maybe
mornings several days a week) then maybe increase her hours
the older she gets.
Specifically, I am looking for a Preschool with the
philosophy of Reggio-Emilia or Play with Structure. It
could be either in Berkeley or Oakland.
Your insights, advice, personal recommendations and thoughts
is a fantastic Reggio Emilia school. We've sent 3
happy kids there and the program is amazing.
If you are looking for a co-op, the only co-op for kids 18
months old in CA is Skytown
in Kensington. I started my daughter
there at 20 months and loved it (we are still there for her
final year before kindergarten. We lived in Oakland when
she started, but it was worth the drive! It incorporates
elements from Reggio and Montesourri and other play-based
methods. We are filling up spaces quickly, though, so if
you are interested, check it out!
Duck's Nest PreSchool in the East Bay Area is an
Emmergent/Project Approach school, inspired by the
Reggio Emillo Philosophy in Italy. Duck's Nest is also
very fortunate to has several male teachers at all locations.
Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows of a preschool that uses the
Reggio Emilia approach. I have been reading about it and am quite
The Old Firehouse School on Moraga Road in downtown Lafayette
follows the Reggio Emiglia approach. They take kids from
infancy through preschool age, and have both part-time and full-
time programs. You can reach them at 925-284-4321. The
director is Dorothy Stewart.
I think Via Nova uses Reggio Emilia, at least in part.
heard Aquatic Park Preschool billed themselves as Reggio
Association of Children's Services (AOCS)
Hearts Leap Preschool
Mills College Children's School
I've been checking out preschools and reading the archives but still
can't find what I'm looking for. Can anyone recommend a school that
has a lot of free play and creative activities, but accompanied by
very serious teacher facilatation? (a la Reggio Emilia). I also want
only three full days, and I'm a graduate student so price is an
issue. My child is three and I'm looking for the Fall. Thanks for any
ideas you might have.
Via Nova Preschool
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