The First Experience class is designed for children ages 14 months to two years to experience a fun, structured school environment while accompanied by a parent/caregiver.
This class meets for two hours once a week where children work on various skills including gross and fine motor development, socialization, sharing, listening and communicating. Our day includes:
- Gym/Playground Time
- Movement Time where we dance, sing and play games
- Free Play playing with toys in our classroom
- Snack and Story Time
- Art Activities
The class provides a wonderful opportunity to socialize – both for children and adults. Class size is limited to seven children and their respective caregivers.
The ECDC teaching staff recognizes that two-year-olds need loving support to help them to separate from their parents and make a positive adjustment to school. We therefore support a gradual separation, where a parent stays in the classroom, then the hallway, then in a waiting room for the first few days. The process may be shortened or extended based on individual needs. Though the separation process may be stressful at first, most two-year-olds adjust well and grow to love school. They enjoy a relaxed environment that includes art, music, story time, and play opportunities on a daily basis. It is a joy for us to watch them thrive!
Three, Fours, Fives
ECDC offers classes for Threes, Fours and Fives. Our class size is small with 10 children per group with one teacher and one assistant teacher. The small group enables our staff to provide each child with individualized support and attention. The adult to child ratio of 1 to 5 is well above the state standard of 1 to 10 for preschoolers. The daily schedule follows a consistent routine that includes snack, circle time and gym or playground time. Each group has an opportunity once a month to meet with a Music and Art Specialist. Plenty of time is spent in the classroom where the rooms are set up with interesting materials, including natural materials, to invite children to wonder and to test their theories in ever changing manner. Will a tower of three small blocks hold one larger heavy block? What if the block is large and light? With skillful facilitation of teachers, exploration allows for building cognitive, language, motor and social skills.
Children gain a complex set of skills as they progress through the preschool years, and in fact we maintain a detailed checklist of emerging skills for each child. It is our responsibility to provide a joyful experience for children where they can gain skills for success in kindergarten and beyond. It is important for children to acquire skills, including number and pre-reading skills, in meaningful ways and for real purposes. We therefore embed skill practice in everything that we do.
The Enrichment class is offered to children who are currently attending a half-day kindergarten program. The program offers rich experiences embedded with opportunities to practice skills including: vocabulary; fine and gross motor; drawing of generalizations; following of multi-step directions; higher level reasoning skills; and social interaction.
Some of the units offered this year are Space, Native Americans, Exciting Experiments, Snowflakes, The Orchestra, Human Skeletal System and Endangered Species. The teachers plan an interdisciplinary approach which includes language arts, math, science, social studies, music and movement.
ECDC offers programs to supplement your child’s preschool experience.
Extended Day AM and PM is offered from 8:00-9:00 am and from 3:15-4:00 pm for families who need child care at these extended times. Care is provided by a member of the ECDC teaching staff.
Our lunch program is offered at 11:30-12:45 for children ages three and over.
During the school year, we offer lunch-time options including cooking, art and drama. Information is sent home explaining each class prior to the start date.
Imagination Station is an Arts, Science and Social Studies program that allows for collaborative learning, scientific experimentation, problem solving and artistic expression. One topic per week will be studied through multiple hands-on activities. The program is offered Monday through Friday from 9:00-11:30 am and from 12:45-3:15 pm. Children may participate one or more times per week, as the specific activities will change throughout the week. Imagination Station is offered for children in our 3s, 4s and Transition classes. Children may be enrolled at regular times throughout the school year or on an occasional basis when space allows.