District 622 Preschool Catalog 2019-2020 Preschool Catalog - Page 3

Providing a foundation for success in Kindergarten and beyond Our early learning program is an inclusive community which serves our youngest learners and their families, supporting growth and development that will foster lifelong success. 4-Star Parent Aware Rated Preschool Early childhood is a remarkable time of physical, social, emotional and academic development, so choosing a preschool program is important. District 622 Preschool is ready to prepare your child for success in Kindergarten and beyond. According to Parent Aware, “a program earning a Four Star [rating] shows that it is equipped to offer the very best in quality care, assuring parents that it is doing all it can to prepare their children for school.” Well-Qualified Staff Our well-qualified and experienced teachers are committed to the social and academic success of your child. They have degrees in early childhood or related fields. Staff nurture children’s emotional development and academic progress using established and innovative best practices. Safe, Nurturing Environment Children thrive in a safe environment where their needs are met through respect, nurturing and consistent rituals and routines. Each child has unique strengths that we build on each and every day. All children are welcomed and celebrated for who they are. Social Skills Learning is a social process where children investigate through inquiry, exploration and play. Your child learns social skills such as listening, cooperation and sharing. Our goal is for your child to develop a positive self-image, so they have the confidence to succeed in school. Curriculum Children learn through hands-on classroom experiences. Our curricula aligns with Minnesota state standards and promotes skill development in all areas needed for Kindergarten. District 622 uses Creative Curriculum as our primary tool to set up the classroom environment and teach a variety of topics, which we call Studies. We use Teaching Strategies Gold as our comprehensive online assessment tool. In addition, we use Early Childhood Workshop to structure our daily schedule and we use Second Step as a resource to teach children Social Emotional strategies. Numbers Work (Math) and Classroom Engagement are also two initiatives that are woven into our daily work with your children. Family Engagement As a child’s first and most influential teacher, parents are our primary partner in supporting a child’s learning. All preschool classes provide opportunities for parents to be actively engaged in their child’s education. Through meaningful parent involvement, children will be better prepared for success in Kindergarten and beyond. 3