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Preschool

From the moment your child walks through the door, he or she will enter a world of exploration that actively develops mental and physical abilities, sharpens skills, and sets the stage for a happy, productive lifetime of learning. The Waterford Preschool program is the foundation of your child’s education.

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Waterford's preschool programs are designed according to research-based objectives and skills. This is accomplished through carefully crafted daily lessons that include hands-on and exploratory learning, explicit teacher-directed learning, repetition and practice, and objective-based assessments. Our PreK-4 students also enjoy the benefits of the Waterford Institute’s award-winning computer-based curriculum, designed to individualize several years of comprehensive language arts, math, and science education.

The nurturing environment of the Waterford Preschool program promotes healthy emotional, social, cognitive, and physical growth and development. In Preschool, children begin the process of becoming readers, writers, listeners, and speakers. Teaching is both direct and supportive as children are involved in whole group, small group, and free choice activities each school day. And they receive a wonderful introduction to visual art, music, and dance.

 

PreK-3

This program is offered to 3 year olds and is the beginning of your child’s education at Waterford School. PreK-3 focuses on hands-on learning, exploration, creativity, literacy, writing, math, and social and emotional development. The ultimate goal is to establish habits of learning while teaching a curriculum that is vibrant and engaging for young minds. Students will learn a hierarchy of skills and objectives to cultivate all areas of their development. Art, Movement (Dance, Free Expression, Yoga), Music, and Library time are embedded into the weekly schedule.

PreK-4

This program is offered to 4 year olds. The focus of PreK-4 is to prepare the child for Kindergarten. PreK-4 is especially important in continuing to reinforce math, literacy and writing, executive function skills, social and emotional development, and a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Art, Movement, Music, Dramatic Play, and Library time continue to be a part of the student’s day.

Full Day

This program is offered to both PreK-3 and PreK-4 students. In addition to receiving core curricular instruction, students enrolled in Full Day will eat lunch together, have rest time, play outdoors, and will be able to reinforce their core instruction through child-directed centers and enrichment curriculum.

Before and After School Care

Before and After School Care is available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and again in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for students in the Preschool on days the child attends classes. The primary purpose of Before and After School Care is to provide an enrichment-care program for families whose work schedules do not allow them to be with their children before or after class. This program can be used on an hourly basis before and after school. Please contact the admissions office about the details of this program.

 

PreK-3 and PreK-4 Programs

Core Program
Elements

Small Group Instruction

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Writing 
  • Theater & Dramatic Play

Whole Group Instruction & Centers

  • Calendar
  • Art Center
  • Sensory Center
  • Science Center
  • Outdoor Play
  • Rhyming and Singing

Specialists

  • Art
  • iPad lab
  • Library Story time
  • Movement (Dance, Yoga, Free Expression)
  • Music  

Age

PreK-3: 3 years old on or before September 1
PreK-4: 4 years old on or before September 1

Class Size

PreK-3: 14 students/2 teachers
PreK-4: 16 students/2 teachers

Program Schedule

3-DAY Program (M,W,F)
AM Section: 8:00 – 11:00 am
PM Section: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Full Day: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

5-DAY Program
AM Section: 8:00 – 11:00 am
PM Section: 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Full Day: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuition (2017-18)

3 Half Days          $6,800
5 Half Days          $8,900
3 Full Days           $9,850
5 Full Days           $13,400