Our Founder: Alicia Ballaera
Early childhood education is the focus of my life's work. It is an exciting and dynamic field that is endlessly rewarding. I have dedicated the last 20 years to early childhood education development and I am honored to be considered one of the experts in my field.
I believe educators share an essential obligation to provide children with the best possible start to their education to build a strong foundation for future learning. Every child is unique and must be approached with the understanding that early childhood experiences leave indelible fingerprints on developing minds and personalities. There are many conflicting philosophies and approaches to early childhood education including child centered, teacher directed, play based, Montessori, Reggio Emilio, academic and Waldorf, among others. I am convinced the best approach is one that caters to each child’s individual learning style.
Having a child with special needs motivated me to understand how everyone learns differently and school teaches one way. Why not have the child develop an understanding to how they learn and teach them to advocate for themselves? I became increasingly aware of the growing need to improve the quality of our preschool education and the importance of early intervention. I knew one day I could create a superior preschool with my expertise and passion and collaboratively join the two.
After I received my masters in early childhood special education, I had the opportunity to work closely with many educators at the Early Enrichment Center. I taught toddlers, Kindergarten, and enrichment such as music, science, Spanish and literacy arts. I was responsible for developing appropriate curriculums and helping children improve their social, emotional and academic skills. Working with multiple programs enabled me to draw direct comparisons and identify the advantages and disadvantages of each program firsthand. This unique perspective helped me develop my own vision about what techniques were most effective with different age groups.
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Pre-Kindergarten & Art Teacher