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Westgate Elementary School

Early Childhood

Mission Statement

The mission of the Westside Early Childhood and Before and After School Programs (Club 66) is to provide a safe, engaging educational environment for children ages eighteen months through sixth grade. The program offers developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to grow and develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically with the support and guidance of competent and compassionate adults.

Philosophy Statement

Westside Early Childhood Centers recognizes that young children learn best in an environment that provides opportunities for development and growth of the whole child: physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. To nurture this development requires a philosophy that allows children time and opportunity to:

Curriculum

The Westside Early Childhood Program incorporates the Creative Curriculum System Birth through Age Five. Developmentally appropriate practice requires teachers to teach in ways that match the way children develop and learn so as to promote their optimal development and learning. Our teachers make decisions about the education of children on the basis of three types of information:

The Creative Curriculum is a research-based system that combines curriculum, assessment, professional development, and family connection resources. The curriculum is based on five fundamental principles. These principles are:

– Positive interactions and relationships with adults provide a critical foundation for successful learning.

– Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success.

– Constructive, purposeful play supports essential learning.

– The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions.

– Teacher-family partnerships promote development and learning.

The Creative Curriculum is research-based on 38 objectives for development and learning. The curriculum helps guide teachers to determine the developmental progress of each child and plan appropriate learning experiences. The 38 objectives fall under the categories of:

Toddler Programs

Programs for children ages 18 months – 3 years are provided at our Prairie Lane, Underwood Hills and
Westbrook sites. These programs are based on the developmental stages of toddlers, including activities that help with language skills, gaining a sense of independence and feeling comfortable being separated from parents. Children participate in sensory activities, songs, games, pretend play and creative art activities. Toddlers are given ample opportunities for fine and gross motor development.

Preschool Programs

We offer options for children 3-5 years of age. Children may attend ‘Preschool Only’ from 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. or enroll in a full day program which also includes a morning preschool program. Our programs combine teacher-and-child initiated activities designed to allow each child to develop at his or her own pace. Children are engaged in active exploration in a variety of learning centers.

Four-Year-Old Programs

This unique program is committed to providing developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to learn and grow in a safe, stimulating, nurturing environment, using research-based practices and curriculum.

Club 66 Programs

Club “66” is dedicated to making extended school time a safe, fun and enjoyable experience. Arts and crafts, physical activity, center time, group activities, music, free movement and computers are among the many activities we offer. Children will be encouraged to participate in activities, but may choose to read, listen to music, do homework, or just have some quiet time to themselves. One of the goals for this program is to create a structured environment with many options so the children feel free to participate in any activity they choose. We strive to make Club 66 a place where children can’t wait to come to every day. Staff use a facilitative approach; encouraging and guiding when necessary.

 

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ELEMENTARY | Start 8:40 - Dismiss 3:30 ( Wednesdays | Dismiss 3:00 )