Early Childhood Center

SCH's Early Childhood Center opening January 6, 2020! 

The Early Childhood Center was created to provide early learning experiences for children ages 18 months through 4 years using the Reggio Emilia approach: one that prepares students most seamlessly for SCH Academy—inspiring unbounded curiosity and independent thought in a unique educational environment—extending the SCH mission to families with younger children.


Applications are now being accepted for January 2020 enrollment with with a rolling admissions process as space permits. 

Please indicate your interest in the Early Childhood Center by submitting an application. (Parents will be prompted to create an account.)

Reggio Emilia

The Early Childhood Center will be modeled on the Reggio Emilia philosophy (used in 34 countries around the world), which emphasizes child-centered, teacher-guided exploration in a relationship-driven environment, with a focus on nature and community as sources of learning.

The Reggio approach is one that values the child as strong, capable and resilient; rich with wonder and knowledge and emphasizes project-based activities, the arts, the environment, family participation, and community.


List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What does a typcial day look like for my child?

    • 7:30 - 9:00 am: 
    • 9:00 - 9:30 am: Students and teachers gather for circle/assembly and to have a snack. This time drives the activities for the day.
    • 9:30 - 11:30 am: Students work on projects independently, in small groups or in small groups with teachers. Weather permitting, they may enjoy getting outside during this time for nature exploration.
    • 11:30 am: Clean up and meet to share morning activities. 
    • 12:00 pm: Lunch
    • 12:30 - 1:00: Students clean up, wash hands and prepare to rest. 
    • 1:00 - 3:00 pm: Rest time with music and/or stories. Non-nappers will engage in quiet time activities,
    • 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Slow wake-up and snack. Pick-up begins and students have outdoor time or free play.
    • 4:00 - 6:00 pm: Structured activities, such as “turtle time” and environmental play.

  • What is the difference between Reggio Emilia and Montessori?

    Reggio Emilia
    Education Level
    Primarily pre-school and early education.
    Primarily pre-school, but can go through middle school, and even high school.
    The Arts
    More emphasis on arts, promotes and encourages many different forms of expression.
    Less scheduled time for arts.
    Both schools focus on academics in pre-school.
    More emphasis on work over play.
    Long term and open-ended.
    Less emphasis on short-term projects.
  • Where is the Early Childhood Center located?

    The ECC is located adjacent to the Wissahickon Inn on the SCH Academy campus off of 501 W. Springfield Avenue. For those who are familiar with the SCH campus, the Center will be located within the Jordan Building (previously home of the Lower School Boys, pre-k through grade 2). The Center has a playground directly off of the building and ample space for the children to play and explore the natural world.
  • What is the teacher to child ratio?

    • 18-23 months = 1:4 (one teacher to four children)
    • 24 months to 3 years = 1:5  (one teacher to five children)
    • 3-4 years = 1:7 (one teacher to seven children)
  • Is there a half-day option?

    No, but children may be picked up whenever you like.
  • Will there be a nurse on duty?

    Yes, there is a nurse on staff from 8 AM to 4 PM for all SCH and ECC students. Teachers are trained with CPR/First Aid certifications.
  • Do ECC families have a preferred or fast tracked admissions process to SCH Lower School?

    Yes. SCH will waive the Application Fee and offers an early admissions opportunity for ECC families.
  • Is financial aid or a sibling discount offered?

    No. Financial aid is not offered for ECC students and sibling discounts are not offered at this time. 
  • What is your policy and the process for potty training?

    We will assist with potty training if a child show interest and indication that they are ready.  We will keep close communication with parents about any indicators suggesting that the child is ready.
  • Will ECC classes be co-ed or single sex (per the SCH model)?

    Classes will be co-ed (boys and girls together).

    • Janet Giovinazzo, Director of SCH's Early Childhood Center

Monday-Friday, 7:30 am-6:00 pm
  • Drop-off: 7:30-8:00 am 
  • Pick-up: 3:00 pm
  • Aftercare Hours: 3:00-6:00 pm

501 W. Springfield Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(on the SCH campus adjacent to The Inn)
January - August 2020 Calendar:
  • ECC opens: Monday, January 6
  • Last Day of Academic Session: Friday, June 5
  • ECC Summer Session begins: Monday, June 8
ECC will be closed:
  • Monday, January 20
  • Monday February 17
  • Thursday, March 19 to Monday, March 30
  • Friday, April 10
  • Monday, May 25
  • August 24- September 7


Academic Session
January - May 2020
(7:30 am-3:00 pm)
Monthly Fee:

5 days/week - $1,500
4 days/week - $1,300
3 days/week - $1,000

After Care
(3:00-6:00 pm)
Monthly Fee:

5 days/week - $500 
4 days/week - $400 
3 days/week - $300

Summer Session
June - August 2020
(7:30 am-3:00 pm)

Weekly Fee:
5 days/week - $375 
4 days/week - $325 
3 days/week - $250

Summer After Care
(3:00-6:00 pm)
Weekly Fee:

5 days/week - $125 
4 days/week - $100 
3 days/week - $75 


Janet Giovinazzo, Director Early Childhood Center
215-247-4700, ext. 1416

Supported by SCH classroom staff and specialized SCH talent.

Janet has 39 years of experience at SCH, most recently in the role of Head of Lower School for Boys. Janet trained under the Reggio Emilia method and visited Italy in spring 2019 to get first-hand experience of this world-renowned teaching method for early childhood learning.

The Early Childhood Center at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Care Provider.