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Preschool Program for 3-4 year olds

Share in the Learning Fun

With improved coordination and thinking the world begins to open up for preschoolers. Our program introduces language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills in a natural sequence to nourish learning one step and a time, with individual attention suited to your child's unique needs.

Moments in Your Preschooler's Day

Each day at our centers preschoolers explore science experiments, create artwork, play characters and movement games. In this way they learn following directions and other key skills for learning success.

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:


Literacy activities include identifying rhyming words and creating group stories on the flannel board. Math activities focus on positional words, identifying and creating shapes, and on measuring.


While outdoors, children will participate in fun and lively dances and activities, such as moving to the song “The Hokey Pokey” and performing the limbo. Children will also have opportunities to express themselves creatively while participating in pantomime activities and creating three-dimensional collages.


In this unit, your child will be introduced to Spanish words related to the home and family through songs, read-alouds, and active games and activities.

Your Preschooler's Developmental Areas

Language and Literacy Development

  • engage in longer conversations with adults and other children using a greater variety of words
  • begin to identify the first sound in a word
  • identify and name five to ten letters and begin to know sounds for some
  • recognize his or her own name and begin to write it using both letters and letter-like shapes

Building Brain Power

  • take on simple activities independently like setting the table with cups and plates and continue until the task is done
  • pay attention to a person or activity for five to ten minutes
  • examine new objects or situations with deeper curiosity
  • control impulses with fewer adult reminders

Social and Emotional Development

  • build relationships with familiar adults, talking about thoughts and needs with them
  • seek out other children during play time and begin to build relationships with them
  • play with other children showing the ability to resolve disagreements with little help from adults
  • express a variety of emotions by incorporating emotions into pretend play

Physical Development and Wellness

  • begin to gallop while improving jumping and hopping skills
  • trace letters and simple shapes while also showing signs of a right- or left-hand preference
  • gain independence with self-care skills such as undressing to use the toilet and remembering to wash hands
  • identify healthy and unhealthy foods

Cognitive Development

  • connect number words and numerals to the quantities they represent
  • engage in pretend play alone or with others by taking on roles and using props
  • participate in scientific experiments led by adults
  • Understand history by discussing changes to the community

Creative Expression

  • create detailed artwork that includes  people, animals, and things
  • play movement games that involve following directions as well as creating unique moves
  • play a character role in simple dramatic scenarios from books
  • repeat more complex melodies and rhythm patterns

* The following subject-matter experts were contracted to review each developmental domain/content area:
Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D. (All Developmental Domains/Content Areas)
Carol Copple, Ph.D. (Cognitive Development)
Joan Isenberg, Ed.D. (Creative Arts)
Susan B. Neuman, Ed.D. (Language and Literacy Development)
Stephen W. Sanders, Ed.D. (Physical Development and Wellness)
Philip Zelazo, Ph.D. (Executive Function)