About Desert Spring

We are located near the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Since 1987 we have rented space from the First Christian Church with whom we share a growing collaborative relationship (we do not, however, have a faith-based curriculum). Our center is a small, non-profit agency, serving roughly 60 children, ranging in age from 2-5 years. We are committed to providing a high- quality, accessible early education option for middle-income families, and strive to keep our tuition as affordable as possible. We also accept children who are funded through the Department of Economic Security.

We are inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, our curriculum primarily emerges from the interests of and questions posed by the children. The environment is child-friendly. Teachers are considered partners in learning; providing thought-provoking and open-ended questions in order to help children learn how to learn. Interests are further fostered through projects and activities that allow for exploration using a multitude of materials and media.

Our educators actively study the Reggio approach as well as participate in ongoing professional development and education by attending local and national workshops and conferences, taking college courses, and participating in professional affiliations and mentoring cohorts. We are accredited with the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC).