Philosophy

Our task is to help children climb their own mountains as high as possible. The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences.

-- Loris Malaguzzi--


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Euro Academy is committed to creating a high quality, creative, and dynamic early childhood educational program as we strive to be a unique place where young children, teachers, and families collaborate and support each other and experience a sense of connection and joy throughout their learning journey.

The philosophy of Euro Academy is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children for quality early childhood programs. At Euro Academy, we incorporate what we know to be the best of developmental and progressive early childhood educational practices; this includes a combination of Montessori education, Gardener’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, and, mostly, the world-class Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. The Reggio Emilia approach has influenced our philosophy, goals, and relationships with families and the community, and greatly impacts our value of the child.

We believe that children are strong, powerful, rich in potential, competent protagonists of the learning process driven by the power of a strong desire to learn and grow. We believe that children construct knowledge through active play, exploration, experimentation, rich experiences and modeling as well as through meaningful relationships with peers, teachers and most importantly you, parents! Lastly, we believe that a holistic approach not only identifies the strong bond between all developmental domains, but also recognizes that everybody involved is part of the learning process.



About Director

Jana Putos
Jana Putos
Owner/Director 

As a lifelong educator, Jana’s experience in the field of education is extensive, ranging from being a special education teacher (Pine-Richland School District) to a head preschool teacher/supervisor. Jana holds two Master’s Degrees in Education: one from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and one from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA.  Jana also attended California University of Pennsylvania (post-master’s studies) and holds a Pennsylvania teaching certificate in Special Education as well as in Nursery/Kindergarten. She strives to continue growing personally and professionally in the field of education.

Jana believes that young children learn best through hands-on experiences and play and that creativity, imagination, and exploration are critically important in young children’s lives. Her conviction stems from being influenced by the world’s renowned Reggio Emilia Approach, which she had a chance to observe and practice while living in Italy for several years. Jana finds tremendous joy in watching young children explore, investigate, learn and grow.

Jana’s passions include cooking, gardening, reading, skiing and traveling with her husband and daughter.

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