The Preakness Early Childhood Center currently offers a full day and a half day option with morning or afternoon sessions. Classroom instruction is based on the Creative Curriculum for Preschool, which uses a child-centered approach designed with learning centers to promote creative play, motor skills, communication, and cognitive development. Preschool teachers provide developmentally appropriate daily activities, providing a foundation for future academic and personal success. Instruction targets each child's areas of strengths and needs to include music and song, arts and crafts, computer learning and fun, pretend play, and activities related to seasonal projects, self-care, and socialization. Students participate in project-based investigations using a study approach with a theme. We also use the FUNdations Phonics Program to address prereading skills such as learning letter-keyword-sound, alphabetic order, and letter-formation skills. The use of augmentative, assistive technology and structured learning strategies enhances the development of each child.
All preschool teachers are dually certified in early childhood and special education. Our classrooms are supported with the assistance of paraprofessionals. A registered school nurse is on-site to provide daily nursing services and address medical emergencies.
Creativity and Movement are provided by certified teachers who work collaboratively with the preschool classroom teachers to support and enhance the curriculum. We also provide a Preschool ELL (English Language Learning) Teacher who provides services for students who qualify.
The Preschool Program integrates students identified as eligible for special education and related services. There are three options for preschool classes; Three Days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) in the morning or afternoon, Five Days (Monday through Friday) in the morning and afternoon and one Five Full Day class (Monday through Friday).
The Preschool Program is supported by a staff of Speech/Language Specialists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and BCBA who provide related services in accordance with each child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Transportation for special education preschool students is provided on a home-to-school basis.