At Kuei Luck Early Childhood Center, we believe that children learn best in an environment that supports and builds upon their interests and curiosity. Through the process of inquiry, children begin to ask questions about their world. The environment is set up to assist in answering their questions. Open ended materials and activities are presented to develop and nurture these interests. The teachers act as observers and facilitators to encourage and support their learning.
Our curriculum is greatly inspired by the Reggio Approach. The belief of a constructivist approach of learning by doing, children have multiple intelligences, the importance of an aesthetic environment, participation of the community and families, respect for differences and diversity and the access to education for all young children1.
Another aspect to our curriculum is our language immersion of Mandarin in the classroom. The school day is lead in both languages simultaneously. Offering children this opportunity not only exposes them to a second language but as research has shown, also has significant cognitive developmental advantages.
1 Edwards, Carolyn P., Lella Gandini, and George E. Forman. The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2012. Print.
We believe that children are independent thinkers and motivated learners. We encourage children to ask questions about the world around them. The role of our teachers is to help bridge the children’s questions to their answers. This is achieved through open-ended experiences. Teachers create scenarios in which children can interact and engage with materials, activities and topics freely and organically. Teachers constantly reflect on how to build these bridges for the children.
Kuei Luck Early Childhood Center is a brand new state of the art facility that is conveniently located on the border of Forest Hills and Rego Park, Queens. Each classroom has its own bathroom specifically designed for young children. We also have an indoor gross motor room available to the children for active play. All of our building materials are environmentally-conscious and we use child-safe products. Electronic access control systems are installed to ensure maximum security and safety. We are easily accessible through public transportation and walking distance from Queens Boulevard.
Every detail of our space takes our children’s learning into consideration. From the classroom materials to the bulbs of the lighting fixtures, every aspect of our environment aims to create an invitation to discover and explore. It evokes calmness and peace for both the children and adults. There is a balance of natural and man-made materials for a provocation to engage and investigate.
Stephanie Greenberg has been in the education field for the past 11 years, earning her Bachelor’s in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from Touro College. Over the course of her teaching career, Stephanie was given the opportunity to learn and grow as a leader, while forming great relationships with parents, children, and staff. Stephanie has also taught in the classroom for other Mandarin immersion programs as well as for the Department of Education. Stephanie believes that children learn best through play as well as from one another, and strongly supports duel language environments.
Stephanie was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and has been a Queens resident for the last 7 years. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as freelancing as a hair and makeup artist.
Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein