Preschool at the Zoo

Program Description

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 three upcoming open house dates for interested parents: Feb. 15th, March 21st, May 16th, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 10:00 – 1:00 p.m. in Room 225 of the Education Building.

Celebrating Week of the Young Child: 

Program Details

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.

• endless possibilities for exploration and discovery.

• daily access to Zoo grounds.

• a new nature playground at the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm.


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 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.

Ms. Anna’s Classroom Newsletter: 

September 2019

October 2019

November 2019

December 2019


Classroom Projects:

Registration Info

Children must be 3 or 4 years old as of September 1st of the current School Year.
Each class is limited to up to 14 students per school year to ensure a high instructor to student ratio.
Enrollment will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Click Sign Up to download the Preschool Registration Form

Sign Up PDF

For more information please call (716) 995-6140

We are still open for registration and enrollment. Schedule your private tour now!