ECC Curriculum

A girl playing in an early childhood center classroom

honoring children where they are now

The ECC curriculum is based on the Reggio Emilia philosophy, recognized internationally as an exemplary model of early childhood education. The Reggio philosophy is an excellent fit with Community School's mission and program.

Hallmarks of Reggio-inspired education are:

  • A creative, stimulating, and beautiful environment;
  • An emergent curriculum drawn from the children's interests
  • Collaborative project work including frequent outdoor experiences;
  • In-depth art projects based in the "atelier" or art studio;
  • Daily documentation of students' experiences;
  • Parents as important and valued partners.

A Day in the ECC

Our Early Childhood classrooms are inviting, provoking, and dynamic places that emphasize a joyful and playful culture, as well as reflection and rich dialogue. They are beautiful, light-filled rooms brimming with small communities of deeply engaged participants. They are places where teachers are fully hands-on and wholly present, alongside children. They are environments that honor childhood, and who each child is right now. They are cozy, intimate "second homes" that support young children as they learn to be in the world with others, grow into their individual selves, problem-solve and interpret the world.


Lisa Dirksmeier, Former ECC 1 Class Faculty and Alumni Parent