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Philosophy

The philosophy of Hollingworth Preschool is guided by the value we as educators place on children's sense of wonder; thus, we consider our approach child-responsive. This child-responsive philosophy guides our work and influences our goals as educators. Our goals include:


  • Providing a warm, caring, responsive environment that fosters friendship, comfort with self and others, compassion, and community
  • Supporting each child's growth intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically
  • Encouraging each child's love of learning, and fostering positive attitudes towards school
  • Respecting children's sense of wonder as we provide children with a conceptual knowledge of the world around them, serving as a foundation and support for the children's communal and individual inquiries
  • Nurturing the development of creative thought and higher-order thinking skills vital to deep inquiry and exploration, with a focus on metacognitive thought
  • Furthering the development of children's social experiences and working within a community of inquiry while responding to and respecting the individual needs of children within a community of learners
  • Sharing our intentionality in all aspects of our work within the Hollingworth Community

To support these goals, our curricular approach is inter- disciplinary, striking a balance between child-selected/child-  designed activities and teacher-developed/teacher-directed units of  study. This combination affords each child the opportunity to  explore individual interests while gaining exposure to a wide variety  of ideas and perspectives. Thus, throughout our school year, the teachers and students will explore several topics of study as a  community of learners and inquirers.

Preschool Quick Info

  • Preschool Quick Info

    Applications for the 2014-2015 school year will be available after Labor Day. To request an application, please email hollingworthpreschooladmissions@tc.edu. The deadline for requesting an application is December 3, 2013. Completed applications must be received by December 4, 2013.