About Us

History

First Baptist Church Kindergarten was established in 1952 with a class of twenty K-5 children in downtown Greenville. Re-locating to its current site in 1976, it welcomes around 200 children and their families from Greenville and its surrounding areas. We are inspired by the Reggio approach from Reggio Emilia, Italy. Our Reggio journey began at a NAEYC conference in Atlanta in 1989 where our staff discovered the Reggio-Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education. Initial intrigue grew to an intense exploration of Reggio resources by past director, Jane Watkins, who organized a dialogue with a small contingent of staff members, culminating in a full-staff retreat in 1992 to build understanding of the Reggio approach. Participation in symposiums and conferences across the United States and visits to other Reggio-inspired schools brings opportunities for collaboration with those who are also exploring the Reggio philosophy. FBCK educators have joined five study groups to Reggio Emilia, Italy between 1996 and 2011, and have experienced the Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit in many U.S. cities. Most recently we brought a new version of the exhibit, The Wonder of Learning, to our city from January – May 2014, co-hosting with First Baptist Infant Toddler Program. The work of our school community is strengthened and challenged through our participation in a long-term professional development project with Inspired Practices, under the leadership of Dr. Margie Cooper. Inspired Practices seeks to build lasting, professional-exchange relationships among small groups of schools that are inspired by the Reggio-Emilia approach in a professional development project called Project Infinity. Through our participation with Inspired Practices, we continue to study and collaborate with Amelia Gambetti and other national and international educators. Our journey continues with co-directors Kathy Stewart and Dewanda Martin who have challenged our staff to a deeper level of commitment in our work and a renewed dedication to our goal of building a community where children, educators and families collaborate, wonder and research together. We feel it is our responsibility to share the voice of the child with the community.

At a Glance

See what it means to be a part of the FBCK family in this short introductory video.

The Reggio Philosophy