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Our Pre-Kindergarten program is for children ages 4 to 5 years old who are preparing to enter Kindergarten. We offer a well-rounded program that includes teacher-directed curriculum and child-directed work time in both large and small groups. The focus is on activities to help prepare your child to learn in a more structured, elementary classroom environment.

Read more about Pre-K Curriculum.


Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Extended care available from 8:00 am to 5:50 pm (Full Day or in 3 afternoon segments) September through May



A typical day in a Pre-K classroom

8:30 am
Arrival:  Children are brought into their Pre-K classrooms.

8:30-9:05 am
Table Toys:  A short activity time in which children choose from teacher selected activities.

9:10-9:25 am
Circle Time:  Children gather on the rug for a greeting time and a variety of activities: a review of the calendar and weather, a sharing time, singing and movement, and a discussion of the day’s schedule.

9:30-10:00 am
Outside Time on the Courtyard:  The children spend time outside in the courtyard and side yard engaged in climbing, sliding, riding tricycles, ball playing, imaginative play, art, gardening, or woodworking.

10:05-10:20 am
Group Bathroom Check and Drinking Fountain Stop

10:20-10:45 am
Small Group Time:  A teacher-directed structured time dealing with curriculum topics, active learning by the children on specific skills, oral story reading, and movement activities.

10: 50-11:50 am
Work Time:  A child-directed activity time in which children choose from the various centers in the two classrooms. The centers offer many materials for the child to explore and manipulate. The activities include art, manipulatives, blocks and dramatic play equipment, science and nature materials, music, cooking, woodworking, a writing center, sand/water tables, a book and listening center, as well as a table for a nutritious snack.

12:00-12:30 pm
Outside Time on the Courtyard: A second outside time for the child.

12:40-1:10 pm
Lunch Time: Children sit at tables with a teacher and have lunch.

1:10-1:25 pm
Closing and Story Time:  Children gather for oral reading from a book and a review of the day’s events.

1:30 pm
Dismissal or move to Afternoon (or Full Day) Extended Care Programming

3:30 pm
Afternoon Activity Pickup (or earlier)

5:50 pm (5:30 pm Fridays)
Last Pickup (or earlier)

Additional Programming:

Creative Movement: Our creative movement and music specialist meets with the children each week and provides them with the opportunity to explore body movement, music, and rhythmic activities in order to encourage the development of large motor skills. We do not have combined work time on these days.

Shabbat: Each Friday we have a Shabbat celebration in the Pre-Kindergarten. On specified Fridays parents are invited to join us for Visitor’s Shabbat as we light the candles, eat challah, and join in a joyous time together at the close of each week.

Share Day: Each Wednesday two children take a turn to share an item from home. It can be a toy, book, or anything that is meaningful to them. They talk about their item then the other children take turns asking them questions.

Park Days: Later in the year when the children are ready for more physical challenges than the Courtyard can provide, we walk or take the bus to local playgrounds.


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