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Program Overview

Preschool programs for children ages 2-5

Monday-Friday, 7:30am-5:20pm.

Youngest Group (ages 2-3)

Middle Group (ages 3-4)

Pre-K (ages 4-5)

We are here to provide an environment that promotes a sense of self-esteem, confidence, resourcefulness and joy of discovery. We view children as people with needs unique to their age, size and experience. We respect their individuality and capacities.

As a staff we talk on a daily basis about the needs and interests of the children.  We design and coordinate our curriculum activities to provide satisfying challenges, giving children many opportunities to enjoy learning and expressing themselves.  We also believe that one of our most important tasks is to help children learn to appreciate and respect the qualities and capacities of others.  To this end, we strongly support individuality and cooperation.  We model problem-solving skills and support each child in communicating his or her own ideas, desires and feelings.  We will support children in feeling and finding some kind of expression for anger, frustration, and sadness, as well as their love, joy and other feelings.  We encourage the children to pursue individual interests and to share them with others.

Goals are that each child:

  • is appreciated and nurtured
  • feels unique as an individual yet part of a group
  • develops a sense of wonder about the world
  • experiences the joy of learning every day
  • has personal success and mastery
  • is competent at conflict resolution
  • is challenged to meet their full potential
  • has meaningful friendships and lots of fun
  • is comfortable with diverse cultures and languages
  • is fully prepared for kindergarten emotionally and cognitively

To be happy, children must feel free to feel good about themselves, their emotions, and their activities.  Therefore, as a staff we actively and openly discourage sexism, racism and competition, for these are hindrances to good feelings about others and ourselves.  We work towards supporting and acknowledging all types of cultures and family structures so that all children can feel included and accepted.

We strive to create an environment in which the children can confidently rely on their own interpretations of all that is around them, thus promoting each child’s own feelings of growth and competence.  We create an environment where children have a variety of sensory experiences including sand, water, and mud, and experience physical challenges by climbing, running, and building their own creations.

 Daily Routine

7:30am-8:45am : Arrival & outdoor play. Children are free to play in the yard or participate in the planned activity.

9:00am: Morning snack & circle time. This is a time for sharing ideas, stories, songs, movement, science experiments, and games. Some circle times are centered around the curriculum unit being studied.

10:00am: Activity time. During this time the children have free choice to move outside or inside, participating in different indoor activities, exploring the yard’s curriculum centers, and creating their own activities.

11:30am: Short story or informal circle. Depending on age group, a time to enjoy singing, conversation or books.

12:00pm: Lunch. A healthy vegetarian lunch is served family style.  Self-help, trying different foods, and conversation are emphasized.

12:30pm: Nap preparation. Each child uses the bathroom, takes off shoes and extra clothes, and joins other children and nap room teachers.

12:45pm: Nap time. 

2:30pm: Waking up. The children who remain asleep at this time are gently awakened. The children who have woken up prior to this time are out in the yard exploring the new p.m. activities set up.

3:00pm: Afternoon snack & circle time. This is a time for sharing ideas, stories, songs, movement, science experiments, and games. Some circle times are centered around the curriculum unit being studied.

4:00pm: Project and yard play. The teachers have set up activities for the afternoon in the yard and the large classroom. Children pace themselves as they move from one area to another.

4:45pm-5:20pm: Cleanup and child pick up. Children assist with outside and inside cleanup. Parents are greeted to talk about the days events.

Team Approach

During everyday activities at Neighborhood the teachers are providing a safe place for children to grow and learn.  As a result each and every teacher is building a relationship with each child, and it might happen that you will check-in with a teacher other than your primary on various occasions. We pride ourselves on our entire teaching team; primary teachers often integrate observations and ideas from team teachers to generate a complete assessment of a child’s development. We encourage you to get to know all the teachers so that we can all share information about your child’s development, accomplishments, friendships, challenges, and all other aspects of growing and learning.

This approach produces the best results as we all work together for the well being of each child. For this reason, a parent placing a child at NCC should be aware that a team approach will be used and will include communication with family members who pick up or drop off at the Center, or have any kind of alternative custody arrangement, even if this arrangement is informal.

Socialization and Play

Adequate time for free play insures development of high self-esteem, as well as cooperative and leadership skills

Circle Ttime and Small Group Activities

Since the opportunities for reading, discussion, and play in circle time are endless, so too is the opportunity for children to learn and grow.

Bilingual Enrichment

Advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language.

Montessori Component

Montessori programs foster the development of trust and assist in the natural development of the child’s personality within a nurturing environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is food included? Do we bring a lunch?

Food is included! A morning snack, afternoon snack, and lunch are provided daily. It is expected the child will have some type of breakfast prior to arrival. All meals are vegetarian.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

No, your child does not need to be potty trained. We offer diaper service for an additional fee until your child is fully potty trained.

Where do the kids sleep? Do they need a sleeping bag?

Children sleep in the designated napping classroom. At the beginning of your child’s time at NCC, he or she will be issued their own personal bedroll which will be theirs to keep. Bedrolls are sent home every 2 weeks to be washed.

Do you encourage parent participation?

Very much so! In fact it is required each parent volunteer 2 hours per month (though we have countless creative ways to do that).

Do you offer partial schedules? T-Th? M-W-F?

Yes, as space allows we work with families to get their child into the program for the number of days and exact schedule they desire.

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