The early childhood program, comprised of prekindergarten and kindergarten, provides the foundation for
success by helping them acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes toward learning needed to meet the challenges
of first grade. All areas of the prekindergarten and kindergarten curriculum introduce young children to
the content areas, methodologies, expectations and outcomes of formal schooling, a nd give considerable
to children's personal, social, and emotional development. As students engage in age-appropriate, hands-on,
thematic activities in health, social studies, science, mathematics, physical education, and the language
and fine arts, they learn how to learn, solve problems, and make friends. Learning through direct experiences
nurtures self-esteem and fosters desire for increasing competence.
The early childhood program places a strong emphasis on development in reading, writing, speaking, and
about print, books and stories are taught directly and incorporated into all aspects of the daily schedule,
giving students numerous opportunities for literacy interactions which are meaningful and authentic. By the
time students exit the early childhood program, they are expected to be able to read 25-30 books, tell and
retell stories, write age-appropriately, and communicate orally to describe experiences, share and support
ideas, sustain social interactions, and solve problems.