Escuela Viva consists of two programs (An Infant/Toddler and a Preschool Program). Within in these two programs there are six classrooms all together.


“The Reggio Approach is about guiding children’s ideas with provocations-not pre-determined curricula…If you can believe in the image of the competent child who can produce theory, then you can understand why the first verb of the Reggio schools is ‘to listen’ (Rinaldi)”  Karen DeBord, PhD


“Education for Life is a philosophy of holistic education that emphasizes experiential learning, spiritual development, and practical skills for living…underlying all our academic efforts is the understanding that happy children make the best learners.” (

Combining these two philosophies we work towards helping our children to be happy, and confident, when children feel that they are loved and valued they have the confidence to be and express themselves, their opinions and feelings, build their own theories, and experiment with them.  To top it all off we share with the children our love for the Spanish language.

In each of our classrooms you may find a different interpretation of these philosophies as our teachers, parents, and children learn and work together.  Each child, parent and teacher brings with them unique life experiences, strengths, and passions.  As these merge together through sharing and learning each class develops.  Below is some basic information about each class, techniques that are used, daily routines and how Spanish language learning is incorporated throughout the day. We invite you to be a part of your child’s class (see parent participation section for more information).

Click on any of the links below to learn more about the individual classrooms.

Infant and Toddler Program


  • Cachorros at Southeast: 6-18 months of age
  • Mariposas at Kenton: 6-12 months of age
  • Ratio 3 children to 1 adult


  • Sapitos at Southeast: 16-24 months of age
  • Libelulas at Kenton: 12-20 months of age
  • Ratio 4 children to 1 adult
  • Walking
  • One nap a day


  • Tortuguitas at Southeast: 24-36 months
  • Monitos at Kenton: 20-30 months
  • Actively learning preschool skills
  • Beginning to work on toileting skills
  • Starting to put on shoes/pants/coats independently
  • Using words to communicate
  • Building relationships, social skills and larger group (community) skills.
  • Ratio 5 children to 1 adult

Preschool and Kindergarten Program

Early Preschool

  • Estrellitas at Southeast: 30-40 months
  • Zoritos at Kenton: 30-36 months
  • Ratio 5 children to 1 adult (group size 10)
  • This group is actively working  on:
    *Toileting Skills
    *Activing practicing self dressing skills (put on shoes/pants/coats independently)
    *Using words to communicate and express feelings
    *Building relationships, social skills and larger group (community) skills.


  • Angelitos at Southeast: 36-48 months
  • Mapaches at Kenton: 36-48 months
  • All must have mastered preschool skills
  • Diaper free and confident with toileting skills
  • Shoes/pants/coats independently
  • Using words to communicate
  • Actively participant in larger group (community) activities
  • Ratio 10 children to 1 adult


  • Pumas at Southeast: 4-5 year olds
  • Pre-k student to teacher ratio is 10 students to 1 teacher.

All of our programs are located at 1111 SE Pine Street!
We offer half day (8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and full day programs (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Enrollment is offered in the summer and fall terms only.
Limited year-round enrollment.  As a cohort model, we focus on developing classroom communities that have an emphasis on relationships, active citizenship as well as the individual.   Due to this focus on the development of the classroom community as a cohort, mid-year enrollment is limited.

Click on each link above to learn more about each program.

Nutrition. We provide morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack for our children.  We work to provide children with a healthy environment including the food that we serve.  With inclusion in mind, we have a wholesome, mostly organic-based menu that takes into account the various food allergens.  We serve limited dairy and also offer fortified soy milk.  As much as we possibly can, we work to accommodate specific allergies and food needs within our own menu.  Though there may be instances when we will ask a family to provide a supplemental item for their child’s specific dietary need (i.e. gluten free bread, vegan cheese, etc).  It is also part of our mission to make sure and serve foods with low sugar content, no hydrogenated oils or high fructose corn syrup.  In addition, we are a nut free facility and may at times have other restrictions that are determined by the classroom community.

Physical Activity. Our children are given opportunities to participate in outside activities each day, rain or shine. These activities include playing in our on-site play area, going to the park (where available), gardening, and going on nature walks. We also go on field trips as they relate to what we are learning in our classes.

When thinking about which classroom your child may be placed in please consider that child placement is not based solely upon age. Developmental factors are also taken into account.

 To see more concerning our school philosophies and practices please visit our Philosophy page.

Escuela Viva’s Commitment to Multicultural Anti-Bias Attitudes and Practices

Escuela Viva is a dual language school where we, as a family, teach, model and foster confidence, compassion, creative learning, healthy living, and community membership.  We all work together to create a supportive atmosphere of inclusion, growth, and mindfulness.

We at Escuela Viva aim to serve all children and families, and create a safe and comfortable place to understand and celebrate differences.  As a teaching community, we embrace diversity, encourage each others ability to confront and counteract bias, and provide resources and ongoing trainings that assist our early childhood professionals in working toward that end.  Diversity includes but is not limited to: race, ethnic background, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, and differing physical conditions.

Escuela Viva will not tolerate, and will act swiftly to combat, any discriminatory statements or practices by or among staff, families, or those within our community.

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