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The Children's Community Head Start

Program for preschool age children, ages 3 – 5

Preschool Care and Learning

At The Children’s Community Head Start in Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma, NY, our preschool program for children ages three to five years focuses on preparing children to be life-long learners. In class groups of 17 or fewer, children are encouraged to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically in healthy ways. Our preschool program features The Creative Curriculum®.

The Creative Curriculum® is a nationally recognized and proven preschool curriculum focused on developing the social and emotional skills in young children so that they will be successful in school and life. Loving and skilled teachers guide children in developing early skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology. Indoor and outdoor activities and play areas further enhance the learning and growing environment.

Important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along well with others and to become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We do this by creating purposeful and productive play experiences that help children grow in all areas.

Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:

Social/emotional: to help children develop independence, self confidence, and self control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.

Physical: to increase children’s large muscle skills – balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching – and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing.

Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically – sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns – and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.

Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.*

At The Children’s Community Head Start our loving and skilled preschool teachers identify each child’s interests and select toys and materials, organize activities, and engage in conversation guided by this knowledge of individual interests and needs.

The Children’s Community Head Start is also the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) provider for several local school districts. Please call for details.

For more information, call:
Port Jefferson (631) 476-9698
Ronkonkoma (631) 585-3131

*From a Parent's Guide to Preschool (p.3) by D.T. Dodge and J.Phinney, 2002, Washington, DC: Teaching Strategies, Inc. Copyright 2002 by Teaching Strategies, Inc. Reprinted with Permission.