EVERY child should have the same opportunities to start their educational journey off on the right foot and to reap the rewards of an enrichment-filled experience.
Now accepting applications for Ages 2-5 for our Reggio Emilia-inspired Fall program. Call or email us to set up a tour for you and your child.
Chatsworth Community Academy Preschool Program will provide children with a caring, nurturing, and safe place to experience joyful learning and exploration at their own pace allowing them to grow in all developmental areas.
We follow a Reggio Emilia Approach that places children at the center of their learning. It assumes that children have 100 languages, such as the language of dance, art, laughter, play, and song, which they use to make sense of the world.
Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio Emilia Approach
The Reggio Emilia approach is a holistic educational philosophy and teaching method founded by teacher and educational psychologist, Loris Malaguzzi in Italy after World War II.
Named after the town where it originated, the Reggio Approach is based on the belief that every child is unique and that they are competent, curious, full of knowledge and potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. That they learn and communicate through “a hundred languages” (e.g. painting, sculpting, building, drama, music, etc…) through which they can express their ideas.
The Reggio Approach features an emergent curriculum that is based on the child’s interests and needs.
Parents are welcomed as active participants in school activities and projects, as collaborators with the Teachers. and as advocates for the school in the community.
Teachers take on the role of researchers, co-learners, documenters, and guides of their student’s knowledge, experiences, and growth.
And a nurturing and aesthetically pleasing classroom environment acts as “the third teacher”, encouraging creativity, problem-solving, experimentation, exploration, and open-ended play.
Unlike traditional schools where the curriculum is primarily structured, a Reggio Emilia curriculum is flexible, hands-on, and largely interest-based, as the children guide their own learning experiences, based on their passions, interests, thoughts, and observations.
The Reggio Approach empowers children to play an active role in their own education, resulting in positive classroom experiences which prepare them for higher learning and nurture their desire to continue to learn and explore.
Allows children to explore their environment and express themselves through movement, drawing, painting, reading, writing, building, sculpting, shadow play, collage, drama play, and music among many other communicative and cognitive means.
Children are not rushed from one activity to the next, instead they are encouraged to repeat important experiences, dig deeper into whatever subject matter they are exploring, continue to make observations, and ask questions that lead to further exploration and understanding.
A child's first teacher is their parent, an active partner and guide in their education. The classroom teacher is the second, tasked with forging a relationship with the parent to engage the child in meaningful work and conversation. The third is the child's environment and classroom, providing a beautiful, safe, secure space filled with motivational materials that spark interests and involvement.
A more holistic and inclusive style makes it possible for children to actually understand and remember what they learn and promote the higher-level thinking that is essential to forming a firm knowledge base for entry and success into Kindergarten and beyond.
20440 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, California 91311, United States
Preschool: Mon-Fri 7am-6pm