Our preschool programs are committed to providing a nurturing and secure educational setting for young children and their families. In a safe, age appropriate, engaging environment, children learn and explore as they experience their world. Our play-based programs encourage the development of each child's unique potential. The process enhances physical, emotional, social, creative and intellectual growth. Staff, children, and families, in partnersip with the community, learn to value diversity and to foster individuality, self-confidence, love of learning and respect for themselves and others.
Half Day Preschool Programs are for three- and four-year-olds. These programs are tuition-based. Classes are taught by teachers who have a minimum of a four-year degree and experience working with young children. The staff to child ratio is 1:8. Each elementary school houses half-day preschool programs, September through early June.
What do children learn in preschool? Using a play-based approach, BPS preschool programs rely on the BPS High Scope Curriculumto teach developmentally appropriate skills. Children develop the confidence and competence that lead to success in school by practicing these skills.
In the HighScope Preschool Curriculum, learning is focused on the following eight content areas, which are based on the dimensions of school readiness identified by the National Education Goals Panel. HighScope's curriculum content areas are
While learning in these content areas prepares children for later schooling, HighScope takes the learning process beyond traditional academic subjects by applying methods that promote independence, curiosity, decision making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving in young children.
Who may register for half-day preschool programs? Registration priority will be given in this order for all BPS half-day preschool programs:
* Children currently enrolled and younger siblings
* Children who reside with a parent/legal guardian within
the elementary school attendance area and open enrolled
* Children who reside with a parent/legal guardian within the
* Children who reside out of district