The Reggio Emilia Approach at The Right Place


The Right Place in Hartford

The Right Place in Hartford

The Right Place offers Nationally Accredited Early Childhood Education to children, ages three to five, at two Centers in Hartford, and helps children to acquire the skills they need to be successful learners when they enter kindergarten. To reinforce the importance of parents’ roles in their child/ren’s success, parents take part in workshops and are involved in policy development, fundraising, and classroom volunteering.

The Right Place's licensed capacity is 150 children, with 120 spaces designated for the Hartford Sigourney Child and Family Center and 30 for the Hartford North End Preschool and Family Resource Center. However, more than 200 children are served each year, as children leave to enter Kindergarten and/or relocate. New enrollments are ongoing, which keeps the program at capacity throughout most of the year.


Our Beliefs

Our beliefs are based on understanding that each child is unique in their approach to learning, therefore we focus on individual development. Our program blends two important features; we are aligned with Connecticut’s Early Learning and Development Standards that guide us in preparing children for kindergarten and we are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. As a result we:

  • Respect children as strong and capable, able to make good choices
  • Provide a learning environment that supports cognitive and social development
  • Facilitate learning about rich topics that emerge from child interests
  • Encourage children to represent their learning in ways that are unique to them, using a wide variety of materials in creative ways
  • Emphasize the importance of investigation and inquiry in learning
  • Value family involvement in the education of their children

Goals and Objectives

Every child and family who is part of The Right Place program becomes part of a larger community that: includes partnerships with volunteers, local resources, artists and educators all coming together to provide an enriching educational experience. We respect that parents are a child’s first teacher and see them as a vital component of our school as partners, advocates and collaborators. We involve families in conversations about school policy, child development and ongoing quality improvement to our program as well as provide supports, resources and family events that build strong community.


The Classroom Experience

The child's classroom experience is designed to inspire a life-long love of learning. These are the some of the components in the classroom that allow us to meet this goal:

  • Project-based work that allows children to deeply explore and investigate topics of interest
  • Problem-solving experiences that help concept formation, language development, and sensory discrimination
  • Creative experiences, which allow children the opportunity to develop and express their own ideas and feelings:
    • Art and media
    • Dramatic play
    • Music
    • Language
    • Movement
  • There are indoor and outdoor gross motor development activities
  • Language learning experiences provide opportunities for conversation, as well as books, poems, stories, and songs
  • Experiences that promote self-reliance and build self-esteem
  • Health, nutrition, and safety education
  • Outdoor exploration and community gardening

Staff

The staff at The Right Place consists of highly dedicated, committed professionals. The Right Place strives to hire and maintain a qualified, diverse staff that reflects our population.

The program has an Individualized Professional Development Plan, which includes formal training in Pre-Literacy and Social and Ethnic Diversity.

We pride ourselves on having the highest level of qualifications amongst the administrative and educational staff. Most of our teachers have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in a related field. Also, we have a kitchen staff who prepares homemade meals daily. The entire team at The Right Place is committed to building relationships with our families and take pride in the strong sense of community we continue to build.


Cost

The Right Place is available for a reasonable cost. We are a school readiness subsidized program and offer a sliding-scale fee based on family income and size. Meals are provided at no cost.

Please contact us with any questions and for more information.


Our Hartford Sigourney Child and Family Center

Family Resource Center

121/123 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 543-8488
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Our Hartford North End Preschool and Family Resource Center

Hartford North End Corps

100 Nelson Street, Hartford, CT 06120
(860) 543-8419 / Fax: (860) 244-8397
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