We follow a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum geared to children aged 3-5. Our curriculum helps us treat each child as an individual and is respectful of all learning styles. We use a thematic approach to connect learning across domains including language and literacy, early math, motor skills, classroom participation skills and social skills among others. We use small group, large group and play centers as a way to teach and practice important skills and concepts necessary for success in kindergarten and beyond.
We follow guidance from national organizations such as the National Association for the Education for Young Children as well as the Kansas Early Learning Standards.
As a part of Blue Valley Schools, we have a unique opportunity to work alongside our kindergarten colleagues to understand the most important skills and concepts needed for success.
PRINCIPLES OF DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE
- All children have the right to a safe and nurturing environment.
- All children do learn.
- Children learn best when learning is meaningful, interesting and functional.
- Children learn best by talking and doing in a social context.
- All children deserve respect for their individual differences.
- All children deserve the right to be with same-age peers.
- All children should know joy.
- Children respond to a warm, stimulating environment.
- Children learn through active exploration.
- Children learn through repetition.
- Children learn through trial and error and problem-solving.
- Children need interaction with warm, caring, responsive adults.
- Children follow the same course of development but at their own pace.
NEW STUDENT INFORMATION
A Back to School packet will include all of the documents needed to complete registration, find arrival/dismissal times, locate school supply lists, and more. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year!
Is there a wait list for enrollment in the program?
We do maintain a wait list in the event that all spots are filled in a particular location. We have limited openings in all PM classes (4-year-olds who will be eligible for kindergarten next year) and AM classes (3 to 4-year-olds who will NOT turn 5 before Aug. 31) throughout the year. For more information call (913) 624-2900.
I have a preference of A.M. or P.M. Why isn't there a spot for that on the application?
In order to provide developmentally appropriate experiences for all children, we enroll our younger children in the A.M. sections and our older children in the P.M. sections. We have found that this enables us to focus on particular skills including the development of friendships and early academic concepts that are specific to each age group. It also allows us to increase the level of challenge as children grow older.
How will my child be assigned to a classroom?
We work to create groups of children who will move on to the same Blue Valley schools together. Families tell us that these friendships among children (and families) set the stage for better transitions to kindergarten. Students will be placed, to the greatest degree possible, at the building and in the classroom with other children from your neighborhood school.
My child doesn't meet the criteria for peer enrollment. What do I do now?
Our criteria for peer enrollment is in place to ensure that we can provide each child with the experiences and support necessary. If your child does not meet the criteria as a peer, we encourage you to find an appropriate community preschool experience. Two resources include The Family Conservancy or KC Kids Fun.
As a peer, will my child get the attention he or she needs?
Our highly qualified teachers and specialists, together with paraeducators (classroom assistants), work to meet the individual needs of each child. Our low ratio of adults to children and carefully designed classroom routines and activities ensure that a range of learners can get what they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. We are implementing the new Kansas Early Learning Standards, which help us link early childhood skills to those that will be needed for kindergarten success.
My child will not be 3 years old at the start of the school year. Does he/she have to wait until next year?
No! Children simply need to be 3 years old before they attend. If there are openings, we can enroll your child at any time of the year. For enrollment in the current school year, you may submit an application up to three months before your child's third birthday.
Is transportation available for peer models?
We do not offer transportation services for peer model students.
When will you begin enrollment for the 2017-18 school year?
We will begin the process of re-enrolling existing peers late in the fall, and expect to post the 2017-18 application by mid-December.