Our preschool program serves children between the ages of two and a half and four years of age. We have three beautiful, fully-licensed classrooms, where children have a tender beginning. A child must be two by March 1st for first-year preschool and three by June 1st for second-year preschool. All preschool children must be toilet trained by start of school. We serve a healthy snack that is included in the tuition. The snack is substantial, organic and locally grown when possible.
Preschool is offered five days a week (with 2-day, 3-day and 4-day options as well) from 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Children may be dropped off as early as 8:00 a.m. for no extra charge. Families who need care beyond the preschool schedule can sign up for the Junebug aftercare program for an additional fee. Parents can pick up anytime between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. From 1:00-3:00 p.m. the children are napping, so we ask parents to refrain from picking up before 3:00 p.m. to prevent disrupting the children's rest period.
A Joyful First Step
In the preschool, young children are guided by experienced Early Childhood teachers through days of exploration and wonder. The program strives to help children develop social and emotional skills, resiliency and physical independence through imitation, domestic tasks, free play and teacher-led activities.
Children attend preschool in one of our two beautiful, fully-licensed classrooms. Teachers work closely with families to ensure a smooth transition to school and to create an experience that supports each child’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. A balanced routine gives children the security from which to explore freely and confidently.
Work and Play
Preschool children find delight in simple activities like bread baking, painting, crafts, and clean-up. Puppet shows and stories capture a child’s imagination and help build strong language skills, while lively counting games lay a foundation for mathematics. Teacher-led movement games help integrate the senses, and support physical and emotional development. There is time for creative, imaginative free play each day. This play is an essential part of children's physical, emotional, social, and cognitive growth.
Preschool children have a beautiful garden to run, climb, build forts, and experience the seasons in all kinds of weather! Regular excursions provide plenty of fresh air and help children gain confidence in the wider world. Children walk, run, explore and observe the seasons in the grade school field and the nearby greenbelt.
In the early years, movement is learning. Children develop motor skills, integrate the senses, and work cooperatively. Teacher-led movement activities and games are balanced with time for free movement, indoors and out. Fine motor and artistic expression are encouraged through activities like watercolor painting, handwork, cooking, and free play.