Children begin their educational journey at the Early Learning Center, learning through play and exploration. This school is designed exclusively for the education of pre-school children. Four-year-old kindergarten is a wonderful introduction to a school environment and prepares students for elementary school.
The Early Learning Center is the first formal partnership between local schools and parents with a goal to provide services that enhance parents’ role as the first and primary educators of their children. Families have many wonderful opportunities to interact with their students throughout their time at the Early Learning Center.
The Early Learning Center promotes student development in learning the social and academic skills needed to prepare for kindergarten. Instruction is developmentally appropriate in an environment that values cultural diversity and nurtures a love of learning. The Early Learning Center focuses on literacy and math skills to match instruction to the individual needs of each child. Teachers provide large group, small group, and one-on-one instruction.
Preschool students are hands-on learners by nature and are more engaged when using technology. The Early Learning Center has iPads, computers, and SmartBoards available for students to use. These devices teach students curricular information related to literacy, math, and science. They also reinforce taking turns, social skills, cooperation, and problem-solving.
Family involvement is a critical component of early childhood programs at the Early Learning Center. Parents are the first and most important teachers of their children. Therefore, it is essential that they be actively involved in their children’s education. A variety of family involvement options are available including frequent family visits, parent education workshops, opportunities to volunteer in the classroom, and parent-child activities. School activities, like Gingerbread House Making, behavior workshops, and reading/math workshops, promote partnerships with families.
Students can enroll in the Dual Language program, which offers academic instruction in both English and Spanish to students beginning in four-year-old kindergarten at the Early Learning Center. The program continues at Sheridan Elementary School and at Horace Mann Middle School.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8:30 a.m. – 11:40 p.m. morning session
12:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m. afternoon session
No School on Wednesdays-Family Visit Day