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Jenkins Preschool Academy

7888 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28411

(910) 367-0287


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We are a part time, private preschool program for ages 2-4/5. We offer a friendly, fun, and educational experience for preschoolers and a collaborative relationship with families. All teachers have a minimum of a BA in education.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Teachers use positive reinforcement and encouragement at all times. Children learn best when they feel good about what they are doing and are having fun.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish lessons weekly covering colors, days of week, feelings, animals, body parts, basic conversational phrases.

From the Director:

GOLD assessement by Teaching Strategies is our developmental assessment tool. We also do curriculum based measures on pre-math and pre-literacy skills and use the data to guide our instruction. Progress monitoring of the skills ensures each child is making progress at his/her own rate.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The use of the curriculum based measures and progress monitoring allows our teachers frequently assess whether a child is learning the skills being taught. When the data indicates the child is not showing growth in the skill then the teacher can change the instructional approach and progress monitor to determine if the new approach is working. At the same time, we provide challenging activities and move at a more accellerated pace with students who are able to do so and show an interest. Keeping our class sizes small allows us to provide very individualized instruction.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that communication between the teacher and the parents is crucial in creating a positive preschool experience. You will get a verbal or written summary of your child's day from the teacher as often as you like. Conferences are always available; We believe children learn best through play and positive experiences.

A Typical Day

At JPA the students experience a balance of teacher directed and child directed activities. There is time for outdoor play each day and free play within the large indoor play stations. Bathroom breaks and snack are also a regular part of our morning program. The activities are fun, engaging and developmentally appropriate.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We hold an open house at the beginning of each school year. All teachers communicate via email and phone as needed. Developmental assessment information is given 3 times a year and conferences are available at any time as requested. We encourage parental involvement in our daily activities and at various special events that we have. Parents are always invited to speak directly with the director at any time regarding any concerns or questions.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

Our teachers know fun and gentle ways to get children interested in the classroom and preschool activities which quickly helps them overcome separation anxiety. Helping parents feel confident and comfortable also helps the children feel that way faster. We don't mind welcoming a crying child, and we know they will soon be happy to come to preschool each day.