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Prekindergartener painting at KinderCare

Prekindergarten Program for 4-5 year olds

Getting Ready for a Lifetime of Learning

Your child will gain independence while getting ready for the transition to kindergarten with a more organized environment. Our passionate teachers will partner with you during this special time making their "senior year" of preschool the best it can be.

Your Prekindergartner's Day

Each day your child will explore a variety of cultures, doing simple addition and subtraction, creating simple patterns, singing songs, doing art, and making music.

Purposeful Play Is Early Education

Each day is packed with carefully designed activities structured around the six main development areas. Here are a few example activities:


Your child will have opportunities to write and talk about his or her state and states he or she has visited through journaling activities and during class discussions. Two- and three-dimensional shapes will be discussed as your child explores the different shapes on both your state’s flag and the U.S. flag.


Outdoor activities involve skills such as surveying, map making, and estimating distance. Your child will also learn about landscapes while discussing the painting Hudson River at West Point by Olivia C. Starring.


In this unit, your child will have numerous opportunities to review all of the Spanish words learned in the fall in addition to learning how to say simple greetings in Spanish.

Your Kindergartener's Developmental Areas

Language and Literacy Development

  • describe familiar people, places, things, and events with detail
  • retell a familiar story with the beginning, middle, and end in order
  • write his or her name as well as many other letters
  • use writing as a way to describe experiences or feelings, making drawings and letters

Executive Function

  • remember information and thoughts from past experiences
  • help develop a plan for completing a multi-step project like building a community with blocks
  • complete challenging activities that require greater focus and persistence
  • recognize the feelings of others and respond appropriately like comforting a friend who is upset

Social and Emotional Development

  • seek out interactions with a variety of adults, with both new and familiar people
  • routinely share, take turns, and interact with other children in a respectful and helpful manner
  • recognize and accept similarities and differences among people and showing an appreciation for diversity
  • demonstrate an ability to resolve conflicts using words

Physical Development and Wellness

  • coordinate different body movements to catch and throw a ball and move through obstacle courses
  • participate in physical activity for at least 2 hours daily
  • use scissors to cut simple shapes and writing utensils to trace letters and numbers with greater accuracy
  • discuss how exercise makes the body feel

Cognitive Development

  • create simple patterns and arrange objects according to size
  • perform simple addition and subtraction
  • use knowledge and personal experiences to predict outcomes of scientific experiments
  • explore a variety of cultures by identifying ways people are alike and different

Creative Expression

  • craft detailed works of art using various materials like  paint and modeling clay
  • move to a tempo, beat, or style of music
  • follow multi-step directions as stated in a song, like hopping or clapping
  • participate in a variety of musical experiences