The full-day multi-age CDP Preschool classrooms provide a variety of social and learning opportunities that assist children in managing life in a group setting while providing intellectual experiences that strengthen children's understanding of their immediate world. The curriculum focuses on planned experiences in the domains of social/emotional, physical, aesthetic, development while supporting learning in areas of early literacy, numeracy, and scientific inquiry. As children’s interests often evolve spontaneously, we also provide numerous opportunities to meet these emergent interests and needs. Themes and ideas of significance are recorded on the curriculum web that is posted and updated weekly to reflect their developing interests. The multi-age classroom structure provides opportunities for younger children to learn from those more experienced, and for those more experienced children to serve as role models and expand their own learning with peers and teachers. Weekly newsletters, curriculum plans, and items of interest are distributed to all families via email.
The program content meets and exceeds state expectations for experience in early childhood as outlined in the Washington State Department of Early Learning and Development Benchmarks (guidelines that define appropriate developmental characteristics and experiences for children in multiple areas of development from 0 – 60 months of age).
- August 25, 2014 – July 31, 2015 (this schedule includes two summer schedule options)
- 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
- Families may select 2, 3 4, or 5 day schedules depending on need and space availability
- Class size at 18 for each of two multi-age classrooms
- Age eligibility is 3 – 5 years
- Program follows the WSU calendar including closure for a one week winter break, one week spring break and the first two-three weeks in August
- 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.