We researched many great philosophers and were most influenced by Jean Piaget's Constructivist Theory and Lev Vygotsky's
Socio-Constructivist Theory, as well as the works of John Dewey on the importance of bringing students past experiences
into the classroom. The works of Jerome Bruner and Paulo Freire also amazed us. We share the belief that each person
constructs his or her own intelligence through direct interaction with the environment and social groups.
We were then introduced to the theories of Loris Mallaguzzi, founder of the infant-toddler centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. He developed an approach to early childhood education that is today inspiring educators and children throughout the world. As a result, we traveled to Italy to visit these wonderful preschools. We returned truly inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and passionate about spreading its wonders in our schools.
Why Early Childhood Education
We decided to conduct a worldwide study of the industry to determine which areas needed attention and investment in order to improve the quality of education and life. Our study concluded that the segment of early childhood education for children through the age of six is one where we can create a positive impact on the future of our society. It is during this critical period that children learn the fundamental pillars that will allow them to be successful in their future educational and professional endeavors. Moreover, this study provided us with our philosophical inspirations.