We believe in developmentally appropriate education of the whole child. The School’s approach to early childhood education draws upon the foundational theories of leading thinkers including Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Howard Gardner and Benjamin Bloom and is informed by current academic research. We are inspired by the vision of Loris Malaguzzi and the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our play-based curriculum develops pre-academic skills, and aligns with the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Connecticut Early Learning and Development standards.
At the heart of our philosophy is our view of each child as competent, powerful and eager to learn and of the teachers as respectful co-learners with the child. We believe that children learn best when they are actively involved in play, engaged in activities of interest to them and that lead them to make choices, explore, experiment, investigate, discover and create. The teachers follow the child’s interests and introduce learning skills in the context of those interests so that each child’s early school experience becomes a happy, exhilarating adventure. At PIFS, the child learns to function effectively and comfortably both independently and in group situations; and grow in confidence, independence and responsibility. Sound social and emotional development is our primary goal; and encouraging this development is the guiding force in all we do.