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The Difference

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.

The Advantage

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.

The Approach

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.

Communication with Parents

Effective communication with parents is essential to a high quality program. In order to facilitate this process at our schools we utilize both formal and informal tools to communicate with our partners—you, the parent.

On a daily basis our teachers are trained to communicate a positive element of your child’s activities throughout the day. Our response to the question and many others that you will have when your child is at school is simple really. We begin with the premise that the most effective means of limiting misunderstandings is to provide ongoing, frequent, and clear lines of communication from the jump start. The parents of children in our care are assured that they will be informed immediately about any concerns or challenges that your child encounters.

Also a daily written log is sent out directly to your email (either daily, weekly, or monthly) depending upon the age of the child. You will also be receiving pictures/videos/special moments of your child’s day via email. Each classroom has a dedicated parent family information board where you can peruse current calendars, menus and lesson plans. The parent board helps you to stay connected with the monthly curricular activities in your child's class.

The hallway monitors also serves as a viewing area transmitting what is occurring in your child’s class after you have dropped-off. School wide newsletters also round out our efforts to capture and present information that is timely and important. Our philosophy is that the more you know about the care your child receives, the more comfortable you'll be