Preschool (3.5 – 5 Years)

This class is for kids ages 3½ to 5 by September 1st of the enrolling school year. Children thrive in a multi-age environment as they acquire new skills and consolidate their learning. Children learn and grow as they navigate a diverse and rich classroom landscape. As the younger children are supported and encouraged to try and do, the older children take ownership of tasks mastered, only to reach new levels of learning again. Each child is supported as an individual and is enriched to meet their interests and needs both academically and socially.

The class structure allows for freedom and exploration as well as skills building and small group work. Children’s work is thoughtfully documented through journals and observation. This class helps create lifelong learners who love to learn and are ready to take flight! Science, art, music, literacy, discovery, problem solving and higher level thinking are a few areas of curriculum.

There are two preschool classes. One meets on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the other meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The classes run from 9:00am – 1:00pm with the option to add in after-school enrichment which is one hour and begins at 1:00pm and ends at 2:00pm. Please review our current schedule, tuition rates, and associated fees.

A Day in the Preschool Classroom

The Preschool class schedule begins with morning circle time consisting of a greeting song and a welcome. “Choice” time is next when the children choose from various activities the teachers have prepared in advance or various play areas that are more permanent in the classroom. Clean-up time is next, followed by circle time where stories, songs and movement activities happen. Then we have snack in community. The children then have outdoor time or indoor gross motor skills time, depending on the weather. The children return to shared experience time to work in small groups on various skills and then have lunch. The day ends with a goodbye circle.

There is one teacher, one teacher’s assistant and one parent helper and between 16 and 18 students in each preschool class.

After Class Enrichment

Washington Park Early Learning Center provides an optional after school enrichment opportunity for our Preschool students for an additional fee. Enrichment classes are created and taught by our WPELC teachers to provide consistent quality and comfort for our children. Classes may include Story Book Journey, Cultural Explorations, Music, Movement, Art, Science Explosion, and Children’s Theater. Classes are one hour long and provide an exciting learning extension to our day.