This page is a platform for willing partners in our community who want ways to support our latest initiative, Reggio Recovers. We have identified the top 4 biggest ways that our community can support Reggio during this initiative.
We understand that our families want to be involved in our growth and want their footprint in our history- we want that too (more than anything). Please read our story below and more about how you can support your school's recovery plan from the Great Pause of 2020.
COVID hit Reggio, hard.
The Great Pause of 2020 arrived in full force, closing our school program with zero notice. It completely washed our building of students, locked our teachers out of their familiar worlds, and refused us of income for 3 strong months.
Our government leaders prevented schools in our industry from accepting tuition of parents during this time. These leaders let us know when Reggio *does* become permitted to accept tuition from our parents, that unfortunately our ratios and overall capacity will remain consolidated to half capacity. So if we were licensed for 120 students, we are now max capped at 60.
Reggio and other child care centers are not allowed to have normal ratios, normal operating hours, and normal funds coming in. This reality is causing child care centers all over the nation to regrettably announce their permanent closure. Reggio suffered a huge loss during shutdown, and with these circumstances in place for our future operations, our school program is also projected to suffer greatly if we don't somehow pivot our operation to adapt.
Instead of laying down and accepting the seemingly inevitable fate of closing our program, our leadership team ponied up and realized the only way to survive these circumstances was to grow. If the state wants us to drop our ratios from 20 per room to 9 per room, it looks like we were going to need some more classrooms. If we wanted to be here for the long game, we knew we had to make some more space to spread out.... and quick.
Reggio spent the 3 month quarantine working extremely hard to begin our growth plan: donating time, money and brain power to make it possible for not only "some" students to return but to make it possible for every single child who wanted to return to have a seat to come home to. We made the decision to invest in our extra space, to turn free space into more classrooms. A risky decision, but with our situation as it stands... spreading out is the only way to survive as a business.
Post construction, we will have grown from 6 classrooms to 11. This means we have a solution for spreading our children out to safely support our state's social distancing regulations AND we will stand to have space to impact that many more students in the very near future when these regulations are lifted. We stand to leave a very large footprint in our community, our industry, and in the lives of many, many young children with the construction of new learning space for our students.
Reggio community, we need your help like never before.
This page is a platform for willing partners in our community who want ways to support our latest initiative, Reggio Recovers. We have identified the biggest ways that our community can provide support of our school's future, here are some: monetary donations to our playground fundraiser, the creative ideas from our extra-special visionaries, purchases from our amazon wishlist, donations of used furniture or child toys, or even the simple sharing of this recovery page. We understand that our families want to be involved in our growth and want their footprint in our history- we want that too (more than anything).
Your contribution will make it possible to bring education to 5 more classrooms of students, jobs to 5-10 currently displaced educators, and help us fulfill our mission to eventually 80+ new children. Your contribute supports Reggio's ability to pivot through the detrimental future that COVID was creating for us. Your support will mean the future of Reggio. It is greatly appreciated by our program's past, present, and future.
Thank you for your support and helping us reach all of our goals. Reggio is forever indebted to this relentless community.