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Children’s Learning Center Welcomes New Director

The Children’s Learning Center at Mitchell College recently welcomed Jill Fidrych as its new director. In her role, she will oversee the operations of the center and lead the staff in providing a nurturing and safe educational environment for its preschool program.  

A Rhode Island native and southeastern Connecticut resident with more than 20 years of experience in early childhood education, Fidrych said, “I have a lifelong passion for educating and shaping the future of our youngest learners and fostering a love of lifelong learning. The Children’s Learning Center at Mitchell College is not just a place of education but a warm and vibrant community where children thrive. I am especially passionate about the Reggio Emilia philosophy for nurturing curious, creative, and confident learners and also look forward to mentoring our Mitchell College students studying early childhood education.” 

The Children’s Learning Center at Mitchell College uses a Reggio Emilia-inspired approach to the curriculum that makes children partners in the learning process. The center also serves as a laboratory school for Mitchell College students, guiding them to achieve their educational and professional goals through diverse and challenging internships. 

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