Preschool Program

Frequently asked questions

What days and times is the preschool program? 

Our preschool program will run Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children are expected to attend at least three days each week to take advantage of the preschool curriculum.

Are you still providing programming the rest of the week as well? 

Yes, the hours around the preschool program will remain the same. You may choose an hourly schedule or weekly.

What makes the preschool program different? 

Our preschool program's goals align with the readiness skills needed to be successful in kindergarten. We are also planning long-term studies that allow us to explore specific concepts in more depth, along with off-campus field trips. Using a child-centered approach the children's interests will guide our studies as we build on basic skills.

More about the preschool program

Our curriculum covers all areas of social, physical and cognitive development. Here are some of the individual child goals included in our curriculum:

  • Participates cooperatively with other children
  • Identifies letters of the alphabet
  • Writes own name
  • Counts objects
  • Classifies items based on characteristics
  • Demonstrates emerging reading skills

What is a long-term study? 

In a long-term study, we choose a topic that is of interest to the children. We then explore the topic in depth over five to seven weeks. These studies often take the form of a question to be answered or explored.

Here's an example of some of the questions we might ask if we were studying buildings:

  • What do we already know about buildings?
  • What do we want to know about buildings?
  • What do the buildings look like in our neighborhoods and on campus?
  • Who builds the buildings?
  • What tools do they use to build?
  • What are buildings made of?

Toilet training

Toilet training is a major event in the life of a child. Our teachers will work with you in toilet training your child. We encourage open communication between teachers and parents in methods used for toilet training. For health and sanitation reasons, we do not use potty chairs. Our teachers will help your child feel comfortable on the toilet.

Typical daily schedule
HoursEvents
7 to 8:50 a.m. Welcome, breakfast and learning centers
9 to 9:45 a.m. Morning meeting and small groups
9:50 to 10:50 a.m. Snack and centers
11 to 11:30 a.m. Outside play
11:30 a.m. to noon Lunch
Noon to 12:30 p.m. Quiet play (lunch clean–up)
12:30 to 12:50 p.m. Circle time
12:50 to 2 p.m. Rest time (students have option to sleep until 3:15)
2 to 3:15 p.m. Learning Centers
3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Snack
3:50 to 6 p.m. Learning centers, outside play and parent pick up