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Black United Fund Health And Human Services Pre-school

403 West 7th Street
Plainfield, NJ 07060

(908) 561-0123


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"BUF/HHS's Preschool program is designed to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, competence in self help skills and those inner controls and language abilities necessary for effective social interaction. We stress the process of learning and discover rather than the product. We encourage children to feel good about themselves as a consequence of their own achievements.
Our goal is to support children in their active explorations and to help them to become self-confident, independent and inquisitive learners. Children learn to understand their world when they:
- Investigate or observe their environment
- Ask questions
- Experiment and talk about their findings
A child then records those finding through drawings, recreates them with blocks or interprets them through dramatic play. Daily activities are designed to encourage children to act upon their environment. We provide an environment rich in materials to explore, manipulate and talk about. Children are guided to question, to experiment to think and to reason. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

- Planning – The children choose what they want to do
during work time.
- Work – Children carry out their initial plans which can
change during work time.
- Clean Up – Children return materials and equipment to
their storage spaces and find space for their creations.
- Recall – The children talk about what they did, bringing
closure to the plan-do-review sequence.
- Large Group – Everyone gets together to share ideas
and learn from others.
- Small Group – The teacher and teacher's assistant meet
with 7-8 children to work on an activity planned around
the children's interests.
- Outside – Everyone goes outside for physical activity,
play and problem-solving."
Excerpted from the preschool's website