Our mission is to provide a high quality, unique environment that fosters a love for learning and an appreciation for our natural world.
A primary component of the Buffalo Zoo preschool program is its approach to early childhood education, inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
The Reggio approach is characterized by:
• child-centered learning.
• opportunities for children to explore their own interests.
• emphasis on play.
• focus on nature and the outdoors.
• extensive, meaningful projects.
• caring classroom community.
Zoo as a Classroom
The Buffalo Zoo is the perfect setting for a Reggio-inspired philosophy that provides:
• a 23+-acre indoor/outdoor classroom.
This kind of learning environment is unlike any other. By immersing children in it, we hope to develop a love and appreciation of the natural world that will last a lifetime.
Anna Ileto is the Early Childhood Programs Specialist who manages and serves as the head teacher for the Buffalo Zoo Preschool. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Information Systems, Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, and a Master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum. She has more than ten years of experience working with children, eight years of which were in learning centers inspired by the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to education. She advocates building a strong foundation in children’s early years to become lifelong learners and contributing members of the community.