About Us


Druid Hills Preschool is a half day preschool program providing a loving and nurturing environment for the children of the neighboring communities since 1982. We are a community of learners: children, families, and educators from a variety of backgrounds. We incorporate that rich ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity and we draw upon that resource to provide a foundation for lifelong learning in a diverse and interdependent world.

 

Philosophy

Druid Hills Preschool is concerned with the development of the whole child, physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. We celebrate each child as a unique creation of God. And as such, we recognize the curiosity and wisdom of childhood. We strive to honor a spirit of inquiry and the joy of discovery inherent in all children.

 

Curriculum

Building upon our 30+ years of well-established and successful experience with play based learning; we are a community influenced and inspired by the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. The schools of Reggio Emilia are studied and recognized world wide for their high quality educational programs for young children.

 

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Some fundamentals of the Reggio Approach are:

  • Emphasis on the environment as a provocation for learning.
  • Parents and families are essential partners in the life of the school.
  • View of the teacher as researcher and collaborator.
  • Making learning visible through the process of observation, reflection, and documentation.

History

Druid Hills United Methodist Church began a preschool and mother’s morning out program as an outreach of DHUMC in 1982. The program is administered by a Preschool Board of Directors. Over the years the preschool has continued to adapt and grow to reflect it’s changing composition of educators, children, and families. We are an evolving organization seeking to be contributing members of the church community, our community of neighbors, and the broader educational community.




            “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats