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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Jazmin McNeill

Cathy Siggins

Executive Director

Cathy comes to The Little School with over 20 years of experience in early education. She has served in a variety of roles, including teaching children in public and private school settings, serving as a program director and providing early intervention services supporting children with special needs and their families. Cathy holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction and a Vermont teaching license in Early Childhood Special Education. She is passionate about providing children with opportunities to explore and develop a love for learning in a safe, nurturing environment. Cathy resides in Saxtons River and enjoys hiking with her dog, baking cookies, and spending time with her two adult children whenever possible.

Jazmin McNeill
Assistant 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 2019, 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