Children in our Junior Pre-Kindergarten program for three-year-olds and four-year-olds develop skills through a variety of learning activities presented through Mother Goose Time, a curriculum aligned with the New York State Common Core educational standards and based on research in best teaching practices.
Daily activities include opportunities for free play and exploration at classroom learning centers as well as group lessons, circle time, and story time.
Lessons focus on emergent reading and writing skills, oral language and vocabulary, physical development, and the areas of math, science, social studies, the arts, and technology.
We foster children’s social-emotional development by offering opportunities for both independence and self-reliance as well as for cooperative work and play, encouraging responsibility and stressing consideration, awareness, and caring for others. The Junior PreK utilizes the Devereux Center for Resilient Children’s social-emotional assessment and planning system to support social-emotional development, in order to promote a lifetime of positive mental health and resilience.
Additional assessment tools are used to measure students’ cognitive skills and progress in all areas of learning. We partner with parents by communicating with them daily at drop-off or pick-up time about each child’s progress or issues of concern, and through twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences.
The lead teachers in the Junior PreK classrooms have Bachelor’s Degrees in Early Childhood Education and are assisted by two to three staff members with education and/or work experience focused on early childhood, maintaining a child-to-teacher ratio of 7:1.
Junior Prekindergarteners participate in all-school activities with their older peers in prekindergarten classes, getting to know the Pre-K teachers, which will ease their transition to prekindergarten. Our staff works together at all levels to share information regarding children and their needs.