Reggio Emilia Inspired School


The educational curriculum is carefully planned to be developmentally appropriate, based in play, creativity and the arts with an emphasis on the social-emotional health and development of each child.  Children are nurtured and educated in a community classroom that includes children from 18 months to five years of age, skilled teachers, parents and other involved family members. We are committed to the family environment and the stability and community that generations of children enjoyed before they were placed into age groups and graduated classrooms. It is our experience that all of these elements create a homelike environment that allow children to relax and open up to all aspects of learning.


SMNS is a Reggio Emilia inspired school.  Our teaching philosophy is designed to meet each child’s individual needs. The arts and family involvement are central to our educational program and the themes and concepts that we communicate to our students are supported and documented through their creative products. Art projects, construction projects, and theater performances, are individually catalogued, photographed and otherwise recorded to follow and document each child’s development.  Additionally, we align our curriculum and lesson plans to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.