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Our Story

"Creativity seems to emerge from multiple experiences, coupled with a well-supported development of personal resources, including a sense of freedom to venture beyond the known."

-Loris Malaguzzi

Dear Parent,

When I began Caterpillar Cottage in 2010, it was with a teaching background in preschool classrooms and 8 years in research and program evaluation in early education.

Starting our program was a dream I had had for over a decade. The best part is that it has allowed me to combine my education and teaching experience with my years as a researcher and program evaluator.

The staff who have joined me in this work have also brought their passion for early education, child development, and play-based learning.

Together, we have grown a program full of joy, discovery, and respect for children.

Today, Caterpillar Cottage has become a learning-through-play community where the teachers support the whole child’s development: physical, emotional, creative, social and cognitive.


-Heather Malley, Program Director