Who we are
Buds & Blossoms is a Mandarin Immersion childcare center with the emphasis on Reggio Emilia philosophy. We are a program in of the Asian American Civic Association, a non-profit organization that has been providing vital education and social services to immigrants and linguistic minorities in Greater Boston for nearly 50 years.
We provide high quality services to children and their families with qualified and licensed teachers to ensure your child has the best resources for growth and development. Our beautiful facility in the heart of Chinatown, Boston, is a warm, friendly and nurturing environment for your child. Licensed by the commonwealth of Massachusetts and inspired by the Reggio Emilia philosophy, our Chinese Mandarin Immersion program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers offers the best of combination of play-based learning with language acquisition.
Meet The Team
Xiao Mei Chen
Xiao Mei is our Center Coordinator, she has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Urban College. Xiao Mei has been working with children in the childcare setting for six years. She also holds Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential in Infant /Toddler & Preschool.
Baodan Guo is a graduate from Sun Yat-Sen University which located in Guanghou China. Baodan has been with Buds & Blossoms for three years. She is a certified EEC teacher and is currently our office coordinator
Elaine Liang started her career as a family childcare educator for many years while her own children were growing up. She then opted to join Early Educators in center based programs. Elaine has taught all ages from 2 months -5 years. She is currently our Toddler /Preschool Lead Teacher. Elaine achieved her Associates Degree from Urban College in 2015.
Lan Ying Peng
Lan Ying hold an associates degree from Urban College located in Boston MA. Lan Ying has worked for Buds & Blossoms over 9 years and is currently our lead infant teacher
Xiu Juan Zhang
Xiu Juan is our Preschool Lead Teacher, she has an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Urban College. She has been working with children in the childcare setting for six years in the USA, and she also worked in elementary school in China for seven years.
What is Reggio Emilia?
Reggio Emilia is an educational philosophy developed in the 1940s by psychologist Loris Malaguzzi with the help of their parents in Reggio Emilia, Italy. It is a pioneering and inspiring approach to early childhood education which involves self-guided, experimental learning and relationship-driven environment where children’s thoughts and questions are valued and explored. Reggio Emilia is based on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration and discovery. Its core tenants include the belief that children possess “a hundred languages” through which they can express their thoughts, feelings and ideas.
The Reggio Emilia approach also recognizes that a child’s environment has the potential to inspire. As a project-based curriculum, lessons are based on the interest of individual students. For example, if a child found a flower outside and asks a question about how it grows, rather than answer the question, the teacher encourages the group to find out together through hands-on experiences such as planting, nurturing and harvesting a garden. This way, the students learn about how plants grow, collaboration, and working toward a goal. These types of activities also teach important pre-math and pre-reading concepts.
Teachers are considered mentors and guides under Reggio Emilia. A teacher’s goal is to observe their children’s questions and interests, then provide an opportunity to further develop their own interests. They will also take pictures, save artwork, and make note of children’s questions, interests, comments and observations. This allows both children and teachers to look back on how they’ve learned and grown during the year.