Our number one priority is to provide a personalized, nurturing, stimulating and welcoming environment for children and their families.
The continued research by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Reggio Emilia approach inspire us as we continue our journey of a lifelong love of learning to be better, more knowledgeable professionals and role models for the families we serve.
From 1993-1996, Jill taught 1st Grade at CAIS-L and Kindergarten at St. Dominic's International School from 2002-2004. In 1996, Jill began teaching children English through play, music, and other fun activities.
She created an educational environment for her then 2-year-old son and 3 playmates and, to this day, strives to create a beautiful, fun, and stimulating environment for young children, staff and their families.
We emphasize that children learn naturally through active play, recognizing that children are knowledgeable, creative, caring and unique.
We provide unstructured and structured opportunities to experience a variety of art, music, movement, science, cooking, literacy, numeracy and play activities.
We study about friends and friendship, plants and gardening, and animals and their habitats through a project approach.
Jill Hichwa grew up riding, drawing, reading, playing sports and learning languages in Redding, CT, USA. She participated in several foreign exchanges.
Her father taught Physical Education and her mother was a teaching director of a preschool. She has an older brother and sister who inspire her. Jill graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Wittenberg University and then moved to Portugal in 1993.