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July 22 - Matthew Reardon Early Learning Academy Opening in Savannah Aug. 14

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July 22, 2019 - The Matthew Reardon Early Learning Academy will open on Aug. 14, 2019 at 11500 Middleground Road, Savannah GA, 31419.

An open house will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., and tours are available by appointment the week of Aug. 5-9.

The Early Learning Academy (ELA) is a place for all children to learn through teacher-guided intentional play, meaningful interactions, and inquisitive exploration.

ELA’s goal is to incorporate all children in safe, creative, language-enriched classrooms where learning becomes a fun daily experience. The program is designed to foster all educational and emotional developmental areas for toddlers (18 months) to pre-kindergarten (48-60 months).

According to ELA Director Ciarra Torres, “Inclusion preschools are becoming increasingly popular in today’s society. Family diversity and individual acceptance are widely recognized as beneficial to the entire community. ELA’s mission is to create a facility where all children, with and without developmental differences, are cherished and encouraged to blossom into the persons they are meant to be. Every child deserves the opportunity to learn from others in a loving, safe, comfortable, and educational environment.”

Thirty years of research has shown that all children benefit tremendously in a setting which fosters increased opportunities to learn leadership skills, develop empathy, and broaden language acquisition and peer interactions.

Low child to teacher ratios (4:1) permit staff to focus on each individual child’s development, goals, and progress. ELA’s teaching staff consists of highly trained and caring teachers who collectively bring 30+ years of preschool teaching experience in the Savannah area to Southside’s newest educational gem. ELA classrooms and playground are well-equipped and spacious, far exceeding minimum space requirements.

Dr. Gail G. McGee, PhD, founder of the Walden School at Emory University, is consulting with ELA to replicate components of Walden for inclusive early education. Modeled on learning through incidental teaching, Walden methodology takes advantage of naturally occurring “incidents” to teach important skills. Parental involvement is a key component in the program, including professionally-led training sessions for all families on topics such as behavior management, incidental teaching at home, language enrichment, and much more.

The Early Learning Academy is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a formal educational program from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information visit 

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