The International School Nido de Aguilas

Early Childhood Center

“The paradoxical goal of raising children is that we hold them close so that they have the confidence to move away from us.”

The Early Childhood Center at Nido offers a child-centered and play-based program for three- to six-year-olds. We focus on providing a safe and nurturing environment where your children can explore the early stages of learning that will be key to their future. We support young learners in developing their language, literacy, math, science, and social emotional skills. We foster inquiry skills, as well as build learners’ capacity to learn collaboratively inside and outside the classroom. The ECC encourages students’ independence and confidence. This allows them to build an understanding of oneself as a learner, including how they learn best.

We believe in and encourage parent involvement; parents are our students’ first teachers in life. We work in partnership with families to offer the highest quality of early childhood education for all learners, differentiating according to the various needs of the individual. Our teachers and administrators communicate regularly with parents to build a strong community within the ECC.

I look forward to a year of nurturing the strengths and passions of your children and providing authentic hands-on experiences for optimal learning.

For more information regarding our early childhood program, please contact me directly at

Debra Cota

Early Childhood Center Director


ECC News
K1 End of Project Celebration

Last Thursday, the K1 classrooms hosted their End of Project celebration. There was a wonderful turnout from parents, and the children were excited to show their moms and dads the art galleries that were set-up in each classroom featuring their work.

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Parent Hike: Explore the Nido Hills and Outdoor Education

Parents are invited to spend a morning exploring the hills of Nido with Outdoor Education Coordinator Zack Beaty. Get inspired about one of the main tenants that makes a Nido education special—the commitment to hands-on, experiential learning and the Outdoor Education program. Take in the beauty of Nido's surrounding land while learning about the exciting future of the Outdoor Education program and building community with other parents.

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