Our Philosophy: Preston Kiddie Kollege is dedicated to providing a safe, supportive, consistent, challenging and holistic environment for children. The environment offers emotional and social support with clearly defined cognitive learning objectives. It also presents a variety of multicultural experiences that support the integrity of each child's family. We seek diversity among the children and families participating in this program that are consistent with the policies of State of Texas. Each child's day has an individual rhythm as well as a predictable flow. To support this balance, we provide a warm, nurturing setting that encourages children to learn through hands-on experimental activities. Our staff receives on-going teacher training to keep current with the complex and changing needs of children. Achieving our goals is dependent upon consistent, open, and positive communication between family and staff members. This communication is essential to meet the needs of parents, children and Preston Kiddie Kollege. We hope that this fosters a unique and beneficial experience for everyone involved in the program.
Our Goals for Your Child: Our goals at Preston Kiddie Kollege is to address all the areas of development your child will experience in early childhood; emotional, social, cognitive, creative and physical and to impart to your child a positive self-concept and a positive attitude toward learning, to give them confidence as a learner. We will help your child develop self-control and help him/her to develop relationships of mutual respect with adults and children. We will guide them as they develop a curiosity about the world they live in. We promise to encourage their natural creativity, independence, imagination and personal initiative. We will help them understand the perspectives of others and respect social and cultural diversity. We want what you want! We want your child to grow, develop and learn to be the best they can be.
We open in the gym for our older children with either an activity or short video. Our children then go to their classrooms to eat breakfast and start their day. Children are usually offered free-play time until circle time at 9:15, as children are usually still being dropped off until this time. Circle time includes talking about the date, any special events for the day, and also gives an overview of what will be covered during the day's curriculum. Teachers also take this time to sing songs, read books, or recite nursery rhymes that follow with the curriculum. The preschool children children rotate through morning activities including, library time, music time, art time, computer time, or playground/PE time depending on the day. After returning from PE/outside time, the children will have a morning snack and begin their morning activity, which is led by the teacher. After they finish their activity, they are given time to chose from a selection of self-led activities set out by the teacher. The children then eat lunch and go to lay on their cots for naptime. Our older classrooms use this time as a literary time, and teachers will read to their students before going down for a nap. The children nap for about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours. Upon waking up, the children are offered an afternoon snack. After snack, they will begin their afternoon activity. After their activity, they are taken outside for about 30 minutes to get some physicial activity. When they return to the classroom, they are offered free-play at centers, as this is the time when parents are usually picking up. Computers are considered a center in our pre-k classrooms and are offered on a daily basis.