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Welcome to Providence Preschool! We are thrilled that you are exploring our school as an option for your child. We would love to meet you, share our campus and program, and learn more about your family. For a personalized tour, please call Julia Davis, Director of Preschool Admission, at (805) 962-3091 or email her at jdavis@providencesb.org.

Our preschool was founded in 1958 and continues to be a robust program with a strong community reputation. Many parents who attended our school as children choose it for their own children, identifying the special role it played in their childhood development. Many of our teachers have been with the school for over 20 years—some have been with us for as many as 30 or even 40 years—creating a strong family-like community, establishing consistency of care, and fostering the loving, nurturing environment for which our program is known.

The preschool curriculum varies from class to class according to developmental needs. A balance is established of both indoor and outdoor time as well as structured and unstructured time. Each classroom incorporates gross- and fine-motor development, creative art, music, stories, dramatic play, concept games, and cooking while building on individual skills such as language and communication, autonomy and self-confidence, and learning routines and self-control.


AGES & CLASSES

We offer classes for children from two to five years of age. Children are assigned to Room One, Room Two, or Pre-Kindergarten (PreK) on the basis of age groupings. Children must be fully toilet trained.

Room 1 is where preschool begins. It is a safe space to formally engage in learning and develop independence. It is a place to learn about using words to express feelings while understanding peer relationships. It is also a time of transition from parallel play into interactive play. We believe this foundational year establishes a life pattern. Children in Room 1 are usually 2 ½ –3 ½ years old, although we can accept students as young as two years old.

Room 2 is a year of transition for children as they continue to develop social and emotional skills while introducing academic concepts in the latter part of the year. Room 2 children spend time with both Room 1 and PreK students, to develop leadership skills among younger students and to allow for learning from older children. Students are introduced to public speaking with a daily “helper” responsible for sharing a special item with the class.   Children in Room 2 are usually 3 ½ –4 ½ years old.

Pre-Kindergarten is the final preschool year before a child enters Kindergarten. This is a stretching year of expanded emphasis on Kindergarten-readiness skills. The curriculum includes a pre-reading program using the Letterland® phonics program, formal introduction to numbers, and enriching experiences in all developmental growth areas through dynamic classroom themes. Children in Pre-K are usually 4 ½ –5 ½ years old and are anticipated to enter Kindergarten the following year.

Chapel is held twice a week for the preschool community. It starts with interactive, age-appropriate worship songs followed by a brief message of Biblically-based principles at developmentally-appropriate levels. Patience, forgiveness, goodness, self-control, and “putting others before oneself” are examples of topics discussed in Preschool Chapel through Bible stories and other supportive literature.

Music Class is held twice a week for preschool students. Children are introduced to a variety of musical concepts through song, instruments, and creative expression. Preschoolers perform at a variety of events including Grandparents’ & Special Friends Day and the Lower School spring musical.

HOURS

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  8:30 am—1:00 pm
Wednesday: 8:30 am—12:00 pm

Extended Day Program runs every day until 2:45 pm

Calendar:  Late August through early June

SCHEDULES 

Schedules are made to fit the family’s needs and preferences; however, there is a three-day minimum for Pre-K students.

TEACHERS & CLASS SIZE

Lead teachers are experienced and qualified. They live Christ-centered lives and are passionate about serving children and families. Classes are small, with an approximate 6:1 student-to-teacher ratio.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

Parent involvement as a classroom volunteer is welcome and encouraged, but not required.


 

REQUEST MORE INFORMATION

After submitting the inquiry form below, Julia Davis, Director of Preschool Admission, will respond to your request with more information about Providence Preschool. Thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to partnering with your family.

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