About Our Programs

The Four-Day Program for 4 and 5 year olds meets from 9 AM to 12:30 PM Tuesday through Friday.   Children 4 years through 5 years may enroll. The child to staff ratio is 7:1. $4820

The Three-Day Program for children 3 through 5 years old meets 9 AM to 12:30 PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  Children 3 years to 5 years may enroll. The child to staff ratio is 6:1. $4200

The Two Day Program for children 2 years 9 months through 4 years old meets Monday and Thursday 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.  Children 2 years 9 months through 4 years of age may enroll. The child to staff ratio is 6:1. $2900

Deciding which class will be right for your child is a difficult task.  It might be helpful to follow this guide.

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The first difference is a child’s age:

To enter the 4-Day Class children must be at least 4 on or before the September1.
To enter the 3-Day Class children must be at least 3 on or before
 September1.
To enter the 2-Day Class, children must be at least 3 on or before
 December 31.

Secondly, the class size:

2-Day: up to 12 children with 3 teachers
3-Day: up to 16 children with 3 teachers
4-Day: up to 14 children with 2 teachers

All classes follow the same basic philosophy as stated throughout our literature:

  • An integrated, process-oriented, thematic approach with the incorporation of children's literature
  • Activities are based on weekly/monthly themes 
  • Combine language, math, science, music, art and cooking
 related experiences
  • Lots of stories through books and story telling techniques
  • Open-ended learning activities for the children throughout the
 day as they visit various interest areas
  • Children learn through discovery while visiting various interest
 areas
  • And of course, there are caring experienced teachers who foster
 independence through warm and encouraging direction while serving as facilitators of the learning process 
  • There is a careful balance of individual, small group, and large
 group activities

The Two Day Class is a perfect first or second “away from home” experience.  There are just twelve children in the group affording that little bit of extra attention that younger children need.  Expectations of children are based upon the general maturity of the group.   The teachers focus on acclimating children to the new routines and challenges being away from mom may pose for a longer period of time in the beginning of the year.  The experiences offered in this group are simple and easily followed by children 2 years 9 months through four years of age.  Although many activities and projects are similar to the Three Day Class, the process of completion matches the younger age abilities.

The Three Day Class can be either a first or second school experience for children as well.  But because of the older chronological age requirement, the expectations are greater.  There are more children in the class (14) so a certain level of independence is helpful.  Because this is a true mixed age classroom (designed for children 3 to 5 years old) and some children do go to Kindergarten from this class, the teachers’ planning must encompass all abilities.  So, if you were to walk into the classroom and look at some of things the children accomplish, the differences between what each child learns from the experiences is based upon each child’s ability.  If a child is just beginning to recognize colors, the activity will accomplish that for that child, if the child is recognizing letters and color words, the activity will accomplish that as well.  Children learn from their peers as well in mixed aged groupings such as this.

The Four Day Class is a more homogeneous group.  It was originally designed to meet the needs of those children who missed the cut off for Kindergarten or had late summer birthdays and were not quite mature enough for Kindergarten. The popularity of the four-day option transformed the class into an option for children turning four before September.  Nonetheless the class has much higher expectations for independence than the other two.  It is definitely a choice for children with school experience. 

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Ultimately, it is the goal of Discover Preschool to help children to accomplish the following skills to ensure their readiness for Kindergarten and to become responsible people and lifelong learners.

  • Work independently
  • Attend or listen to what someone else is saying
  • Get along with other children of the same age
  • Learn and participate in structured situations such as play and
 story reading
  • Focus or key in and listen to one central person in the
 classroom
  • Learn (have the necessary social skills/ability) in a co-operative
 learning environment   
  • Where children learn from teachers and from one another
  • Play with other children (wait their turn in line and so on)