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Imagination Pre-school

P.O. Box 102 (located at 380 Nicolls Road, near Stony Brook University)
Stony Brook, NY 11790

(631) 246-5269


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our goal is for Imagination Pre-School to be a pleasant, friendly place for each child. They should be eager to come to school to learn and have fun. The happiness and well being of each child is of utmost importance to us. Our staff will, through the curriculum, provide each child with a positive self-image and a strong beginning toward independence. With this base, your child will grow both educationally and socially.
Our Pre-School and Nursery programs are innovative, creative, fun-filled, active, and comprehensive. The specific classroom activities for your child will depend on the age group, and generally include:
- language arts
- reading readiness and writing
- computer skills
- science units (5 senses, magnets, wind and air, sink and float, metamorphosis, seeds, environment, creating colors, good health, animals and plants)
- social studies (holidays, customs, community helpers)
- music
- arts and crafts
- storytime
- cooking
- daily outdoor play
Our classrooms are also designed to offer the children art, blocks, dramatic play, fine motor development, and science through the use of learning centers. Classroom speakers and demonstrations as well as field trips are scheduled throughout the year for additional excitement and stimulation.
Our staff is carefully selected and includes experienced, degreed professional early childhood teachers who will offer your child a stimulating, nurturing and creative learning environment. Our director and head teacher, Eileen Hummel, has over 20 years experience teaching young children in our community. We know that each child will have a happy and fulfilling pre-school experience.
At Imagination Pre-School there is an on-going open communication between teachers and parents. Information is sent home on a regular basis describing the activities taking place in the classroom as well as upcoming events. Parents will also receive a monthly newsletter with useful information on child development, crafts, and other items of interest to parents of young children. Parents may visit classes or speak to your child's teacher at any time. Individual conferences will be held in the spring."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Wash and Snack
Circle Time
Story and Music
Craft and Playtime
Playground (weather permitting)

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year