Early Childhood Initiative

Building upon 22 years of success in arts education programming, and in response to the nationwide call for excellence in early childhood education to prepare all children to succeed in school and in life, The Santa Fe Opera has expanded its Active Learning Through Opera program (ALTO) to include a new Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), to support high-quality innovative, early childhood programming in Santa Fe.

Similar to the originating ALTO program, the ECI will provide on-going professional development workshops and other learning opportunities throughout the year to Santa Fe and New Mexico educators, only with an early childhood focus inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. Mirroring the goals outlined in the Mayor’s Action Plan, these professional development opportunities are intended to inspire networking, support peer-learning opportunities and provide training for early childhood providers that build quality and improve outcomes for children and families.


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Opera Makes Sense

A special program series created just for children (ages 3 to 5) to explore the world of opera's many art forms through a variety of activities and games.

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For more information, contact:


Early Childhood Initiative

eci@santafeopera.org