We recognize each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth along with individual personality, learning style and family background. Assessment of the student’s strengths and needs is necessary to determine instructional needs.

Young children learn most effectively through a concrete, play-oriented approach. Their development and learning occur throughout daily activities and routines. The program provides a developmentally appropriate curriculum for the age span of the children being served and is implemented with attention to the different needs, interests and developmental levels of each child. An integrated approach is used to encourage the children’s physical, emotional, social, communicative and cognitive development. Emphasis is placed on providing materials and activities that are concrete, relevant to the children, and encourage self-directed play and active exploration.

Specific classroom placement is based on a child's legal residence. For 2017-2018, the locations are: Cherry Tree Elementary, Forest Dale Elementary, Orchard Park Elementary and Smoky Row Elementary.

Early Childhood Handbook

Early Childhood Calendar

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EC Transition to Kindergarten Night

Class Times:

AM Session: 8:05-10:35

PM Session: 12:05-2:35

Orientation Days

Parents and students are invited to the classrooms to visit with the EC staff, discuss each child's growth over the summer and address the students' transition needs.

Peer Friends

Peer Friends are typically developing preschool children who join our classrooms to help promote positive relationships, foster communication skills, model age-appropriate social and behavior skills, learn and have fun! Screenings can be held on orientation days or by appointment throughout the school year.

Student/Family Support Days:

Early Childhood students do not attend class on the monthly Student/Family Support Days. These days are essential for effective program implementation. Home visits and observations of students in environments other than the CCS classroom may be scheduled. These days also allow EC staff to collaborate with our district Autism, behavior and instructional specialists when appropriate. Student/Family Support Days may also be used to schedule meetings with parents, community preschools, private therapists, and other resources.