Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Reggio Emilia approach?

The Reggio approach had its beginnings in 1945 in the municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Loris Malaguzzi, an innovator in education, developed an educational philosophy based on relationships between children, parents, and teachers. He emphasized both children and teachers as co-learners exploring and living together, using tools of listening, observing, and flexibility to create the learning space.

Does Reggio use a specific curriculum?

Rather than following a standard curriculum model with pre-determined units of study, the Reggio Curriculum has an underlying structure based on guided learning and collaboration. This approach engages the interests and skills of each individual child, interweaving teachings on a broad range of disciplines through real world learning. Within each Reggio community, short and long term projects emerge that highlight children’s learning processes.

How does the Reggio Emilia approach differ from Montessori?

While both philosophies involve child directed activities, the Reggio approach is backed by current research and follows best practice for children and education.

What do you mean by flexible schedules?

Our PlayHouse understands that not every family has the same needs, so we do our best to accommodate our families scheduling requests. Some families need full day preschool for their children, while others need a part-time schedule and the flexibility of having their child stay a few afternoons a week. It’s our goal to be flexible and meet the needs of each family.

What are your acceptance criteria?

Applications are reviewed carefully and are considered based on availability as well as the gender and age balance of the class.

When are applications due?

Our PlayHouse accepts applications throughout the year, but we will begin offering spaces to new families on February 1st for the upcoming school year. Applications should be submitted prior to February 1st in order to be considered in the first round of enrollment.

Do you enroll students during the school year?

Yes, we occasionally have spots become available during the school year. We give families from our waiting pool the opportunity to enroll at this time.

How do I know if my child has been accepted to Our PlayHouse?

Once accepted, you will be notified by email. If you wish to accept the offer, you will be required to submit an enrollment fee, supply fee, deposit in the amount of one month’s tuition.

How does tuition work? Do I pay monthly?

Our tuition can be paid in full or in 10 monthly payments.

Do you offer scholarships or tuition assistance?

It takes a village to raise a child.

That’s why we believe that everyone has a role to play in promoting quality education for all children, regardless of financial circumstances.

As part of our commitment to that cause, we offer a scholarship/financial assistance program. In determining a family’s eligibility for financial aid, we ask that families use the application below. All inquiries and applications for financial aid are held in the strictest confidence.

Please click on the button below to apply, or contact our office if you have any questions.