What differentiates us from the traditional preschool or daycare? First, we are intentionally designed to be a smaller, more intimate, early learning school. This atmosphere minimizes behavioral issues and is a great setting for very young children who usually don't fare well in large institutionalized settings. We also maintain a very low child to caregiver ratio, so the children spend their early years of life in an environment where each child is known and valued and are not just another "available spot".
We seek children who exhibit a curiosity for learning and thrive in an early school setting that is creative and challenging. We also seek families who support the philosophy and mission of our school through their time or talents and thereby we foster a vibrant community for our children's first school. Hatch House is also not a franchise, nor are we corporate operated; hence, we are immediately responsive and flexible, adjusting to the needs of the families in our care. Our Head of School, is an experienced master educator, administrator and parent. Similarly, our staff and teachers are experienced and demonstrate a genuine passion for the caring and education of young children.
We are also distinct in that we use a progressive curriculum with an emphasis on the arts and science at the preschool level. Social science research suggests that early exposure to these fields ignites (in even the youngest learner), a cognitive discipline, and a confidence, that will carry over to all aspects of their lives. The child who attends Hatch House School will explore traditional learning areas of literature, language arts, mathematics, science, technology, music, and foreign languages all in an age-appropriate and creative manner.
Our goal is that each Hatch House graduate will enter kindergarten exceeding prescribed norm standards but also exuding the social confidence and creative energy necessary to succeed in school and beyond, we are preparing our future leaders.
Our programs and teaching approach are modeled on research based best practices in early childhood education. Quite simply, we utilize the best aspects of early childhood philosophies that are research based, whole-brain focused, and has a foundation in cognitive science-in sum, we use what works!
Our educational philosophy is largely inspired by the early schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, what is now commonly referred to as the Reggio Emilia approach. This educational philosophy purports that the wider the range of learning possibilities we offer very young learners, the more intense will be their motivation to learn and the richer their experiences. Thus, we use a progressive curriculum that assesses children regularly, guides them towards achieving developmental milestones and then communicates these results with parents through our extensive parent communication process.