Philosophy

The Little School's philosophy and curriculum is built upon children's interests, abilities and curiosity. It is based on our understanding that children learn best in the context of warm, supportive relationships, which are at the heart of our educational community. At The Little School, children learn actively through play, social interaction and experimentation.

Each classroom offers a welcoming environment that promotes the learning and creativity of each child through meaningful experiences for play and exploration, while supporting each child's potential as individuals. Strong connections between the school and its families are essential for quality learning and development. Our goal is to create partnerships with parents in support of their children's development and to serve as a resource for support and education.


Meet Our School Directors

 
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Jean Edwards, Executive Director

Jean came to us with extensive experience in the area of early childhood education. She served as the Director of the Okemo Mountain childcare facility for 7 years, and has also worked as a preschool teacher, guidance counselor, family mental health clinician and adjunct college professor in the areas of child development and early childhood education. She is the mother of a Little School graduate and lives in Londonderry.

Jazmin McNeill

Jazmin McNeill, Associate Director

Jazmin started working for Okemo childcare when she was 16 years old  and has been working in early childhood ever since. She has 10 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. She has most recently worked as the acting director at Head Start in Springfield. Jazmin has her directors credentials from the state of Vermont and is working on getting her ECE license from the Vermont Department of Education. She lives in Ludlow and enjoys traveling.

 

NAEYC Accredited

In 2014, The Little School received a new five-year term of accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children after meeting all ten of NAEYC's program standards