Fairview School offers half-day and full-day; developmentally appropriate programming which provides hands-on active learning opportunities through large group, small group and learning center activities. The Rockford Early Childhood Program implements the High Scope Curriculum developed by the High Scope Educational Research Foundation, nationally recognized for its work in the research of early childhood education for over forty eight years. Fairview is a comprehensive site serving children and their families 0-5. Parent-child interaction sessions as well as center-based classrooms serving the 3-5 year old population are available. Bilingual Spanish and Arabic classrooms for limited English proficient children are also available. We also have a special services Diagnostic team. In addition to the department's curriculum, a special focus implementing the Reggio Emilia approach with emphasis on the arts and music from the Reggio Emilia Child Care Centers in Italy has been incorporated into Fairview’s programming.
Reggio Arts Philosophy
The Reggio philosophy is named for the world famous preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, where it was born. We have implemented many of the beliefs of Reggio preschools here at Fairview. We believe that parents and families are an important part of the education process. Our curriculum builds upon the interests of the children. Children’s learning is made visible in our classrooms and hallways through the arts including; clay, print, painting, constructions, music and puppets.
Darcy Dunn joined Fairview Early Childhood in 2010, following eleven years of service within the Rockford Public Schools. Darcy worked as a student support specialist at Rockford Environmental Science Academy for three years before being named as an assistant principal, where she worked for two years.
Ms. Dunn grew up in Ottawa, Illinois and graduated from Marquette High School. She received her Bachelor's degree from Northeastern Illinois University majoring in studio art and art education. Ms. Dunn received her Master's degree in teaching and leadership from St. Xavier University. Ms. Dunn received her Ed.S., Educational Specialist degree, in Educational Administration, from Northern Illinois University in 2006.
Ms. Dunn has an open-door policy and views parents as partners in the education of their child. Families and the community are always welcome at Fairview Early Childhood to visit or volunteer.
During her free time, Ms. Dunn enjoys spending time with her family, painting and gardening.