Country Kids Child Development Center
501 Main Street Groton, MA 01450 978-448-2413
"Learning is the key factor in which a new way of teaching should be based, becoming a complementary resource to the child and offering multiple options, suggestive ideas, and sources of support.
Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the water flow by; instead, they should embark together on a journey down the river.
Through an active, reciprocal exchange, teaching can strengthen learning how to learn."
History, Ideas, and Philosophy, an interview with Lella Gandini in The Hundred Languages of Children, The Reggio Emilia Approach-Advanced Reflections, 1998, Ablex Publication, Westport, CT pp.83
What is The Reggio Emilia Approach?
Country Kids first opened it's doors to young children and their families in 1991 when the birth of my niece inspired me to leave my job as a preschool teacher in Lincoln, MA. I wanted to create a program that would provide my niece with the kind of loving, engaging and creative learning environment that I longed for her to have. Our first school was small and humble, but our dedication to the families and the children that we served, was enormous. Our little school grew as did my family-all of my three children were born during this wonderful, busy, amazing time!
In 2001 we moved to a new location in West Groton at the site of a historic mill, now called RiverCourt. Although we greatly enjoyed our time at RiverCourt and the wonderful neighbors and friends we made there, we were so excited to have the opportunity to move back to Main Street into our beautiful new school in January of 2014. My staff and I spent many months carefully planning the classrooms, playgrounds and a curriculum for our new location.
When you visit our school, you will see the love and attention that has been put into every detail. The most remarkable part of our program however, are the people who make up the school community. They are easily the most caring, intelligent, creative and fun group of women you ever want to meet. .