Welcome to the Preschool & Pre-K Program
The Preschool and Pre-K years (ages three-five) are a special time in the life of youngchildren. During this period, they begin to trust others outside the family. They gain independence and self-control, and learn to take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. At the same time, they become keen observers of their world and experiment with their surroundings to find out what happens when they interact with other people and handle and maneuver objects and materials. Their language surpasses the limited vocabulary and sentence structure of toddlers.
Preschool and Pre-K children use thousands of words and complex phrases and sentences to communicate. As they learn to understand others and express their ideas more effectively, their environment becomes larger and richer. In addition, the children are changing physically, growing and gaining strength, agility and coordination.
The child to adult ratio in Preschool is 9:1 and in Pre-K 10:1. These ratios are maintained throughout the day both inside and outside except at nap time. During nap, staff members take breaks and the ratio goes up during this two hour period, but never exceeds state ratios. On field trips we try to lower our child to adult ratios to 2:1 whenever possible. To do this we ask our parents to help chaperone trips which are discussed below.
The Preschool & Pre-K Curriculum
Our Preschool and Pre-K curriculum is based on the book Creative Curriculum. Creative Curriculum develops an environment that helps children gain a sense of trust and belonging. Children are encouraged to explore not only materials, but also their relationships with peers and adults.
The environment changes when our theme or unit changes. (Fall, dinosaurs, transportation etc.) Monthly calendars are sent home to keep you informed of the themes. We try to include every aspect of the room with what we are discussing. If we are talking about transportation, we will have transportation books in the library area. In art we might make different types of vehicles. In dramatic play, we might turn it into a train station and have different types of hats and uniforms for the children to wear. In science we might look into just how a steam engine operates. In the block area we will create planes, cars and trains. In music we will learn transportation songs. Your child is learning from every interest center in the room.
To further enhance both the Preschool and Pre-K experience, ECYC includes a music program and an exercise program that incorporates teaching good nutrition. We also offer swimming lessons which are given at the local YMCA in May as well as the opportunity to go on field trips in the summer months. Optional for families is the opportunity to have their child participate in ancillary activities that include such topics as science, cooking, sports, Spanish etc..