Loris Malaguzzi, Founder of the Reggio-Emilia Approach

Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning. Observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.”

Elizabeth Elizardi, Director of Green Trees

Dear Parents,

Imagine watching the most brilliant fireworks show – visually accented by color and shape, punctuated by bursts of sound and fueled by magic and wonder. This is the world of Green Trees Early Childhood Village, a place where the brain of a young child resembles the most glorious fireworks with synaptic connections that organize learning pathways in the mind. Compared to other stages of life, early childhood includes the greatest amount of development in the shortest amount of time, compelling educators to create environments that lead to optimal brain development.

Cradled by our knowledge of brain research, Green Trees is a warm and welcoming “village” for early education. Our caring teachers are knowledgeable and passionate about this unique developmental stage. Everything we do is governed by the “three Cs” of connection, community, and constant learning.

At Green Trees we know that a child’s most interesting plaything is another human being. Green Trees is a community of educators who find joy in a shared respect for children, supporting their unique development and creating engaging and collaborative environments in which to learn. Through our social constructivist approach we respect the voices of young children and believe that they are the protagonists of their learning narrative.

Teaching young children is an outstanding privilege that is afforded to educators who work at Green Trees. We know that through our interactions with children we are creating learning pathways that will carry a child through a lifetime of learning. Our teachers are knowledgeable and passionate about this unique developmental stage.

A Green Trees parent experience is abundant with opportunities to build strong relationships with teachers. The arc of our relationship with parents begins with home visits during the summer and moves through bi-annual progress conferences, the Harvest Festival, Winter and Spring Arts Festivals, and the Week of the Young Child. Parents are invited to attend workshops each semester focused on developmental ages and stages and relevant topics in modern-day parenting.

We encourage you to learn more about Green Trees and we welcome you to visit.


Elizabeth Elizardi, M.Ed., MAPP

Director of Green Trees
1903 Jefferson Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
Phone: 504.899.5641
Fax: 504.896.8597
Open 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
An independent,
non-denominational day
school in New Orleans for
early childhood through 12th grade