The preschool years – from ages 3 through 5 – are a special time in the lives of young children. During this period, children learn to trust others outside the family. They gain independence and self-control and learn to take initiative and assert themselves in socially acceptable ways. At the same time, they become keen observers of their world and experiment with their surroundings to find out what happens when they interact with other people and their environment. This is an exciting time for language development as well.
Our curriculum is specifically tailored to support the unique needs of preschool learners. Social/emotional, cognitive and language development are fostered daily through a carefully planned, center-based environment. Outdoor learning is an integral component of our program year-round. Children have many opportunities to experience inquiry-based learning about topics such as Plant Life and Gardens, Buildings and Structures, Life Cycles and Insects, Long Island Wildlife and Animal Defenses.
At Play Groups, we value community connections and strive to provide the children in our care with experiences that will extend their learning beyond the classroom. Field trips to nature centers, local farms, museums and other destinations are an important part of the prekindergarten curriculum. The personal interests and experiences of our children and their families are integrated into the program whenever possible.