We believe the teachers' role is to support the children's social-emotional growth as well as their cognitive development. Our teachers are drawn to the approach we use at Beginnings because they see themselves as researchers... continuing to ask questions, reexamining their teaching practice and inventing new ways to extend the children's investigations. At the same time, they enter in the child's play to become co-collaborators in children's discoveries and creations, sharing their joy and wonder. Because all teachers work in groups of two or three, they are able to listen intently and be present in the moment with the children. The head teachers meet weekly with Director and/or Assistant Director as well their teaching team to discuss individual goals and group goals for children, develop curriculum threads and plan future projects. All head teachers have completed or are pursuing master's degrees in an accredited teacher education program. In addition 90% of head teachers, studio teachers, and administrators have attended the study week in Reggio Emilia, Italy. The study week involves lectures on the approach given by educators from Reggio Emilia coupled with observations in the schools.