Would your preschooler, age 3-4, dream of having the entire Zoo as their classroom? Our full week, half day program can bring that dream to life! Following the Reggio Emilia approach, our class is centered on child-led, play based, and experience based learning, meaning that students learn through doing active things rather than learning through listening or watching. The children decide what to learn about, while our educators guide them through though-provoking questions to stimulate their interests, while also documenting their development in close communication with their families.
Our mission is to provide 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.
There are still limited openings for 2020-2021 enrollment! Contact us today to reserve your spot!
We have gone to great lengths to provide a safe and secure environment during these times by adhering to or surpassing all New York State early childhood education guidelines and reducing our student ratio to half capacity, limiting it to 8 students for the 2020-2021 school year. This, and many other measures are in place to increase the safety and comfort level of students, parents, and instructors.
Contact us today to see if the preschool program is right for you and your little one(s).
What: Half day, Monday through Friday Preschool program
Who: Children ages 3 – 4
Where: At the Zoo
When: September – June (Following the Erie 1 BOCES School calendar)
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: Yearly tuition rate
How: Contact us at 706-995-6140 for enrollment information and to schedule a tour
The Reggio Emilia 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.
• endless possibilities for exploration and discovery.
• daily access to Zoo grounds.
• a new nature playground at the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm.
Anna Ileto is the Early Childhood Programs Specialist who manages and serves as the headteacher 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.