Foothills' Early Learner preschool program is designed for 3- and 4-year-old children, is play-based, and has been largely influenced by the tenets of schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The Reggio tenets that we most embrace relate to the role of the teacher as a researcher of student interests; the learning environment that’s created with “real” materials and supplies like real paintbrushes, musical instruments, and tools; and a negotiated curriculum that arises from the interests of the students, teachers, and parents in our community.
We also place high importance on the expression of learning through many different "languages," which include dramatic play, scientific inquiry, art expression, experimentation, and math and literacy, where learning is fun, exciting, and rich.
Foothills knows that young children are great thinkers and we care about our students as individuals. We personalize their education to meet their needs and recognize that individuals need love, room to grow and take risks, and a creative community of learners to thrive.