The Strong's Wodbury School Enters 10th Year and Expands

The Strong News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

September 14, 2015

For Immediate Release

Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

Kim Della Porta, 585-410-6325,

The Strong’s Woodbury School
Enters 10th Year and Expands


ROCHESTER, NY—The Strong® museum is pleased to announce that its Woodbury School has added a Tuesday and Thursday class for three- and four-year-olds for the 2015–2016 school year to meet demand for its project-based, Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum. The new program grows Woodbury School’s capacity by 16 students, and the museum has created a new classroom to accommodate the increased number of students.

“In 2014, Woodbury School added early kindergarten programs for four- and five-year- olds to its well-established preschool program,” says Debbie McCoy, The Strong’s assistant vice president for education. “This year, we expanded in response to increased need to provide the school’s play-based learning approach to younger children.”

The 2015–2016 school year also marks the start of the 10th year of Woodbury School. When the school opened in 2006, it was one of only two Reggio Emilia-based programs in the region, and it has helped to inspire or influence the development of more than a dozen other programs, including the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo and the preschool at the Buffalo Zoo. The Woodbury School team has also provided training in play-based learning to dozens of school districts, including the Fairport School District and Gates Chili School District.

More than 500 students have enrolled in Woodbury School since 2006, and its yearly capacity has grown from 56 to 80 students. Woodbury classrooms have also provided Reggio Emilia-related professional development and observational learning opportunities to more than 3,000 teachers, college students preparing for teaching careers, and pediatric residents studying child development.

Says McCoy, “Woodbury School demonstrates how play and learning go together, and it supports The Strong’s mission to study and explore the role of play in human development.”

Teachers and students work together to plan the curriculum and create projects. Guided by teachers who facilitate their explorations, children delve deeply into topics that fascinate and stimulate learning. Small and large group activities involve art, music, cooperative games, movement, pre-reading, math, and other age-appropriate experiences.

How to apply: Applications for the 2016–2017 school year can be requested by phone at 585-263-2700, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. or downloaded anytime at beginning December 1. Enrollment applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable $45 application fee. Completed applications may be submitted by mail (Woodbury School at The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607) or dropped off during museum hours at the museum admissions desk. A limited number of needs-based partial scholarships are available.