About St. John's Preschool
The mission of St. John’s Episcopal Preschool is to celebrate children’s depth of wonder and joy in the world, and to engage with them and their families in their explorations. In a rich environment, children collaborate with experienced teachers to extend their thinking and to develop their unique abilities. As a ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church, we seek to form a bridge to the wider community, reflect its diversity, and support the full potential of childhood.
St. John’s Preschool is inspired by the Municipal Preschools and Infant-Toddler Centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy, which provide the philosophical foundation for our values and actions. Our launching point is the belief that all children are competent, capable, and intelligent. It is vital to our program that children and adults build and develop a competency to observe, exchange, and dialogue with each other. Listening becomes a foundation for understanding what, why, and how we are thinking.
Learning and teaching are processes that take place individually and collaboratively. We emphasize working together, sharing ideas, critiquing each others’ work, and communicating openly. The freedom to wonder and explore, ...and the drive to pursue a line of thought, articulate an idea, or a problem, brings joy to learning at all stages of life. Mistakes are seen as powerful motivators for investigation and inquiry. Learning and teaching require opportunities to create deep relationships with people and materials. When we play, we uncover possibilities at our own pace, imagine, create, negotiate socially, build self-esteem, and learn to love learning.
Children and adults are celebrated for who they are. Uniqueness and individuality add to the complexity and diversity of relationships, forged through respect and trust.