The CDP Kindergarten has as its goal to provide a bridge in social and intellectual learning experiences for children from varying early childhood backgrounds to the more formal structure of classroom-based learning. While there is no standardized list of kindergarten “readiness expectations” and it is the philosophy of the CDP Kindergarten certified teaching staff that most children who have a preschool group experience are “ready” for kindergarten, it is the program’s responsibility to meet the needs of all children who are enrolled and participating in the program.
The Kindergarten curriculum provides for a variety of individual and group learning opportunities that assist children in managing life in a group setting while building intellectual experiences where basic “academic skills” (letter/number recognition); literacy fluency; science concepts; fine motor development) are integrated (ex: literacy and math skills will be included as part of a science and/or social studies project) throughout The Kindergarten Program utilizes the Read Well® and Bridges in Mathematics® curricula for instruction in reading and math. Emphasis is also paced on the creative and expressive arts, large motor development, cooperative learning, and open choice play.
The Kindergarten Program content and practices meet and exceed state expectations for Kindergarten standards as outlined in the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction's Essential Academic Learning Standards (EALRS) for Kindergarten.
- September 3, 2014 – June 18, 2015 (calendar meets state requirements for 180 instructional days required for school attendance)
- 8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
- Wrap around care from 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at no additional fee
- Class size limited to 18 (with two in-classroom teachers)
- Age eligibility is 5 years by August 31st (there are no exceptions to this rule)
- Program follows the WSU calendar including closure for a one week winter break, and one week spring break
- $831 monthly tuition + additional fees (see fees and application link for details)
- Morning and afternoon snacks provided (in accordance with USDA guidelines); children bring lunches from home (milk and fruit are provided) and eat in “family groups” in the classroom
- Family members are invited to participate in meals and classroom activities when possible
- A summer option is available for children after graduating from Kindergarten (June 22nd - July 31, 2015)