3 Years through 5 Years
Breakfast, lunch, and a nutritious snack are provided.
Our educational program is designed specifically for preschool aged children. We follow the best practices in the field of early childhood education because your child deserves nothing less than the best.
Research tells us that young children learn best by doing. True learning is not just an ability to repeat the words of someone else, but requires active thinking, engaging and experimenting to find out just how things work, and learning first-hand about the world around us. At WHSCDA, Inc., we create that environment for your child to stimulate his or her curiosity and learning. By environment, we mean materials and activities as well as the interactions with others. All of this happens in the context of play, because play provides the foundation for children's academic or school learning. It is through play that children will achieve their educational goals. Play is the work of young children.
Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We encourage them to be active and creative explorers of their environment who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. We allow them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them. We help them develop good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of self, which is so important for success in school and in life.
Our curriculum, The Creative Curriculum®, is aligned with the Rhode Island Early Learning Standards. These Standards, issued by the Rhode Island Department of Education, are the goals and expectations of what preschool children should know and be able to do.
In our classrooms, you will see children playing, and through their play, they are learning important skills and subjects. We focus children's learning in the following 8 areas or domains:
1. Language Development - listening and understanding, speaking and communicating. This
includes use of increased vocabulary to communicate orally, use of appropriate patterns of
language, use of age-appropriate language, and verbalization of needs and feelings
2. Literacy - phonological awareness (the ability to distinguish units of speech such as a word's
syllables), book knowledge and appreciation, print awareness and concepts, early writing and
3. Mathematics - numbers and operations, geometry and spatial sense, patterns and
4. Science - scientific skills and methods, and scientific knowledge
5. Creative Arts - music, art, movement, and dramatic play
6. Social and Emotional Development - self-concept, self-control, cooperation, social
relationships, and knowledge of families and communities
7. Approaches to Learning - initiative and curiosity, engagement and persistence, and reasoning
and problem solving
8. Physical Health and Development - fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and health status
To view WHSCDA, Inc.'s Preschool Handbook, click here.