The Children's Center Preschool Program is designed to meet the needs of children between the ages of 3 to 5 years. Based on weekly themes, each day's schedule includes self-selected activities, large and small group activities, learning centers and outdoor time. Children participate in small muscle and large muscle activities, explore sand and water, discover the world of books and dramatic play, and create with blocks, manipulatives and art materials. The curriculum includes art, music and movement, basic science, social studies and mathematics. Specific attention is given to the development of literacy and language skills.
Using the Creative Curriculum and South Dakota Early Learning Guidelines the Children's Center Preschool Program aims to meet each child at their particular developmental level and to challenge children to move forward with support, encouragement and praise. By employing teaching strategies and methods, the Preschool teaching staff empowers the development of the whole child in a safe and caring environment. The teaching staff promotes character building through kindness, teamwork, the careful building of individual self-esteem and confidence, along with tolerance and understanding.
The Preschool Program encourages community within each child, developing critical thinking and dialog in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the world and each other in the world.
The preschool program has a full-day full year Head Start Program. Find out more at www.usd.edu/headstart.
The center has a large fenced playground designed for preschool age children with shade, grass, equipment, bike path and water fountain.
Parent teacher conferences are offered twice a year.