In 1998, we expanded our program to the Gilliatte building at Fort Harrison in response to the increasing demands for our services. This building was purchased and donated for the use of St. Mary’s.
In 2001, we began studying the Reggio Emilia philosophy from Reggio Emilia, Italy. The strategies and teachings were implemented within our classrooms for best practices with children.
In 2003, St. Mary’s began naming buildings, rooms and societies after some of the influential original Godparents that led St. Mary’s to the successful path of current days. The dedication and passion of these individuals remains active, growing and inspiring. Longtime friend, Bob Thompson, even creatively formed partnerships that led to regular revenue from business operations supporting scholarships for over 25 years and continuing today.
In 2007, the SMECC Outreach professional development and coaching services continued to grow an impact. Our team began training educators in the Reggio Emilia Approach to share the knowledge and increase the quality of programs for children to thousands of educators and their students across Indiana and the Midwest.
In 2009 the Hundred Languages of Children Exhibit was brought to the Indiana State House with our partners in the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative. The exhibit allowed opportunities for professional development for thousands of educators across the state and country.