About Our Program


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.”

-Mark Twain

Salt Meadow Academy offers consultative services both in-person and remotely. Salt Meadow Academy encourages nature-based and/or Reggio-inspired programs that offer an environment where the child’s natural desire to learn is stimulated through meaningful, appropriate and playful learning experiences; one that meets the needs of each child as an individual.

Salt Meadow Academy understands that young children are experiential learners who acquire information with all their senses. The more senses used in the learning process, the more information children retain. Active learning involves the use of physical movement and sensory experiences to promote growth across all developmental domains. Active learning promotes skills development and knowledge acquisition through exploration and discovery.

Salt Meadow Academy was founded in 2013 by Jillian Shepard, who has over 15 years experience in child care and education. Jillian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Political Science. She also holds an additional diploma in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation. She is a CT Designated Head Teacher for Child Day Care Centers for ages Birth to 5 and School Age, is a member of the Natural Teachers Network and the Natural Start Alliance. Jillian is a level 13 of 15 (Master’s degree with 12 ECE credits) on the Connecticut Charts-A-Course career ladder. Jillian is also holds the Registered Behavior Technician credential from the Behavior Analyst Certifcation Board. Jillian has extensive experience working with students on the autism spectrum. 

Jillian accepts inquiries via email regarding expertise requests, consulting, speaking, and new business ventures. Please email jshepard826@gmail.com. 


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