Ecopia Day School is a small progressive preschool with large purposes. Inspired by the Reggio approach in early childhood education, we are dedicated to creating quality, dynamic, meaningful programs that encourage children’s innate curiosity and creativity. Located in beautiful Lutz, we’re easily accessible to Tampa, Wesley Chapel and Land O’ Lakes. We have several programs to suit multiple age groups.
For infants 3 to 15 months of age, the infant classroom is designed for movement, exploration and discovery in a safe, comfortable environment that resembles your home. Our infant teachers work to foster feelings of security and independence by continuously communicating intentions and outcomes.
We believe in the importance of creating a strong bond between the child and teacher, especially for our toddler group which includes children from 15 months to 24 months of age. Our teachers create and facilitate a preschool atmosphere where toddlers are treated as capable individuals whose opinions, actions and thoughts are respected and valued. Toddlers also are beginning to create their own identities. Through introduction of the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy, teachers offer them experiences and provocations to discover and interact with a variety of materials. They are encouraged to explore areas of interest by working with paper, clay, sand, water, and paint.
Our early preschool group includes 2 to 3 year-olds. Socialization is a key aspect of a child’s development during the early preschool age. Children transition from independent play to active play in groups. Sharing, taking turns, respecting, and listening to others are actions that become more meaningful with this group. Their curiosity will continue to launch projects that allow them to experiment and investigate through their learning.
The traditional preschool group is for 3 and 4 year-olds. These children are constantly questioning their surroundings. Their creations are built with the intention to obtain a final product. Through activities that fine-tune their gross and motor skills, children are given opportunities to trace over light tables and wall-displayed image projections. They work with wire, clay, string and natural elements to facilitate learning and experiences. The written and spoken languages begin to take an active role in their lives during this time.
The oldest group at Ecopia is our Pre-Kindergarten or Pre-K class. These kids are approaching the world with curiosity and becoming complex thinkers. Pre-K students continue to participate in project learning in the emergent curriculum. Project works provides ample opportunity for discussion, decision-making, choices, cooperation and evaluation during the course of an investigation. Through projects, teachers plan and deliver a wide variety of educational experiences which incorporate literacy, math, science, social students, nature, art, music, dramatic play and motor development. The goal is to ultimately prepare our students for kindergarten while learning core skills that will serve them throughout their lifetimes.
For all of our programs, we strive to be a collaborative community of children, teachers and families who are learning and working together. Based on our belief that every child is strong, capable, inventive and rich in potential, we integrate all aspects of our curriculum into short-term explorations and long-term projects that emerge through child-led inquiry. To find out if our preschool or Pre-K programs might be right for your child, please call us to schedule a personal tour today.
Phone – 813-909-1847
Email – Hello@EcopiaDaySchool.com
Fax – 813-909-1395
23461 Collier Parkway, Lutz, FL