Fayetteville preschool seeks to open young minds, be part of community

Posted: January 8, 2018 at 1 a.m.

Candice Sisemore (left), owner and lead preschool teacher, and Melissa Graham, director, speak Thursday in the preschool classroom at Teeny Tiny Preschool in Fayetteville. Classes return today from the Christmas break at the school that opened in October. The program for children 18 months to 5 years old moved into the former Willow Heights community building at 10 S. Willow Ave.

FAYETTEVILLE -- A new preschool wants to provide unique learning opportunities for children on the south side of town and be a part of the public housing complex from which it operates.

The west facing side of the Teeny Tiny Preschool in Fayetteville as seen Thursday.

Cassie Stanley, lead after-school teacher, is reflected in a mirror above a child-level sink as she speaks Thursday in the preschool classroom at Teen...

Reggio Emilia approach

Developed after World War II by psychologist Loris Malaguzzi, the pedagogy lets children express themselves through painting, sculpting, acting and other self-guided methods. The name is derived from a city in Italy known for its innovative, city-run early childhood education system. The idea hit United States mainstream in 2002 after the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance was formed.

Teeny Tiny Preschool plans to turn its playground into a rain garden, have a compost site and wants to open an outdoor classroom in line with this philosophy.

Source: Staff report

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