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Along The Way Youth Center

2350 Hwy 73 S
Marianna, FL 32448

(850) 482-6555


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We use Creative Curriculum and Character First.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children receives a Fall and Spring Assessment.We use the "4 Success Screening Tool" developed by the Coalition.This tool includes Letter recognition(PALS),the Dial (motor,cognitive,and language concepts) Ages & Stages (Social and emotional) Each staff member collects samples of a childs work,art etc. for a portfolio to share with parents. Once assesments have been completed ,staff design a child assessment plan and a family plan.We hold conferewnces to go over individualized plans and follow up as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that parents are a childs first teacher,we value family input into a childs early education. Our complete philosophy can be veiwed on our website,

A Typical Day

Children are warmly greeted each morning and invited to join in on the fun!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We connect with Families through Daily interaction,a monthly Newsletter,Parent Conferences,Parent Bulletin Board and our website.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Research shows children often suffer separation anxiety when starteing a new school.We understand this and encourage parents and staff to provide as gentle and caring a transition as possible,on average(about 2-3 weeks) once a child has developed a relationship with staff they feel safe and settle right in.