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Zionsville Community Schools - Universal Preschool

5555 S 650 E
Zionsville, IN 46075

(317) 873-2858


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

The Guiding Principles of Universal Preschool 1. Children learn through actively participating in their environment �?? PLAY. �??Play is pleasurable, spontaneous, creative and unpredictable. Whether it is noisy or quiet, messy or orderly, silly or serious, strenuous or effortless, children find play deeply satisfying, challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding. . . . Children play out of the need to construct meaning from their lives. They need to use all their senses to find out about things,�?? (Hohmann and Weikart 59). 2. Teachers are the children�??s guides/assistants as the children use their senses to experiment, explore and discover their surroundings. 3. Each child will be treated with dignity as the child�??s successes/strengths are celebrated. We will provide a quality program through 1. organizing the environment so it is conducive to success 2. providing specific directions and instructions 3. acknowledging and encouraging each child�??s efforts 4. modeling and demonstrating how to use the various materials 5. creating challenges and supporting children in extending their capabilities The Indiana Foundations for Young Children will be a resource/framework for the Universal Preschool.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Universal Preschool is committed to developing the whole child by promoting and supporting quality education for all young children through developmentally appropriate opportunities for active learning.

A Typical Day

6:45 AM - Before School Care - snack provided, engaging activities
> planned
> 9:00 AM - Preschool
> 11:30 AM - Lunch - provided by Universal Preschool
> 12:00 PM - Recess
> 12:30 PM - Rest
> 1:00 PM - Enriching Childcare - Some focus on academics, with healthy
> doses of play
> 3:30 PM - After School Care - snack provided, engaging activities and
> clubs offered
> 6:00 PM - Universal Preschool closes


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Many families find it comforting to send objects from home to school with their child, as well as to visit the classroom on a regular basis. Most find that after several days of routine, separation anxiety is no longer as issue.