Our progressive philosophy is constructionist, Reggio-inspired, and focused on learning through play. The importance of developing relationships is central. Pacific Sage supports collaboration between the child and other children, the teacher, the child’s family and a rich and engaging environment. Our philosophy reflects current early childhood education research, which shows that play and self directed exploration create a critical foundation during the preschool years. Self-knowledge and positive relationship-building skills are invaluable as children grow and make their way through life.


Our goal at Pacific Sage is to offer the children in our community a unique and meaningful early learning experience which promotes a life-long love of learning, helps them become creative, resilient and caring individuals and contributing members of our world community.

What is Reggio?

The Reggio approach is an educational philosophy inspired by the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy. After the devastation of WWII, the Reggio community believed their children needed and deserved a way of learning based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community. Through exploration and discovery and in a supportive and enriching environment, children could create a self-guided curriculum based on their interests. A Reggio-inspired environment reflects current early learning methods and includes play-based experiences, open movement of children through the learning space and the use of real and natural materials. The environment supports the educational image of the child as possessing great potential and rights, who learns and grows in relationship to others. See the resources page to learn more about play-based learning and its positive impact in the learning outcomes of children.

play-based learning resources

Reggio Children

The Importance of Play by David Whitebread

The Power of Play by David Elkind

As in the focus of a magnifying glass, play contains all developmental tendencies in a condensed form and is itself a major source of development.
— Vygotsky, L. S. (1978). Mind in society: The development of higher psychological processes