WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2016-2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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"The curriculum at the RCC is comprehensive," confirms Dalia Nuwayhid, parent of a current and past preschooler. "They not only incorporate academic skills, but language, sports, and social skills." Nuwayhid's elder daughter attended from 2007 to 2010, so the family's second-time-around status speaks volumes. "This past year, I have been very impressed by all the pre-kindergarten skills my son has worked on and acquired," she says. "He also had the opportunity to do a sports class, yoga, cooking, music, and Spanish." The Center is fully staffed by early childhood education profes- sionals who believe in educating the whole child with emphasis on areas of child development: social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and aesthetsic. "It's so exciting to see our youngest students taking advantage of the resources on this dynamic campus," says Regis College President Antoinette Hays, PhD, RN. "When I became president, strengthening our intergenerational educational offerings emerged as a key priority, so I'm thrilled to see our commitment to lifelong learning is resonating with local parents who want their children exposed to the best Regis has to offer." Constructive Instruction Make no mistake: there's a direct link between the preschoolers and the Regis community. RCC leverages the entire Regis College campus for learning. Putnam came on board two years ago with several chal- lenges in front of her. "The first thing President Hayes put forth was to create her vision that the Children's Center would be fully integrated into all aspects of the campus," Putnam confirms. "And mission num- ber two was to revitalize the Children's Center and get it up to date. In order to do that, we had to figure out where we had been and where we wanted to go." Putnam says that the existing teaching staff at the Children's Center was completely on board with the new concepts. "They were fantastic and dynamic," she emphasizes. "So with them, we jumped in with two feet!" With endorsement from the top down, RCC preschoolers are cer- tainly going places. They conduct experiments in the college's science labs, go on nature walks around the entire property, make academic connections with college honors students, and play sports with Regis student-athletes. 150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 6 / 2 0 1 7 education "lifelong learning" C O U R T E S Y O F R E G I S C O L L E G E

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