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Our Program utilizes an active learning approach to education by providing:

  • A consistent daily schedule

  • A learning environment that encourages active exploration with materials and experiences

  • An individualized program designed to meet the needs of children as they develop at their own rate

  • Assessments and biannual student reports to keep parents informed about their children’s development

  • A positive problem-solving approach to discipline to encourage children to navigate, negotiate, share, and resolve

The goals for our preschoolers are:

  • To grow their independence, responsibility, and confidence – ready for school and ready for life

  • To learn through active, hands-on involvement with people, materials, events, and ideas

  • To become independent critical thinkers – planning their own activities, executing, and discussing with others

  • To gain knowledge and skills in important academic, social-emotional, and physical areas of development

    • language and literacy

    • number classification, space, and time

    • relationship building and emotional expression

    • creative representation through music and art

    • gross motor skills

    • fine motor skills

Benefits of Multiage Grouping

At Purchase Children's Center, our 3 and 4 year old's are paired together in the program of your choice. We believe in the value of Multiage Grouping and subscribe to the benefits as listed by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI):​​

  • Children are able to spend longer periods of time with the same teacher. This allows the teacher to develop a deeper understanding of a child’s strengths and needs, and is therefore in a better position to support the child’s learning.

  • Children are viewed as unique individuals. The teacher focuses on teaching each child according to his or her own strengths, unlike in same-grade classrooms that often expect all children to be at the same place at the same time with regard to ability.

  • Children develop a sense of family with their classmates. They become a "family of learners" who support and care for each other.

  • Children are more likely to cooperate than compete. The spirit of cooperation and caring makes it possible for children to help each other as individuals, not see each other as competitors.

  • Older children model more sophisticated approaches to problem solving, and younger children are able to accomplish tasks they could not do without the assistance of older children. This dynamic increases the older child’s level of independence and competence.

  • Children are invited to take charge of their learning, by making choices at centers and with project work. This sense of "ownership" and self-direction is the foundation for lifelong learning.

  • Children are exposed to positive models for behavior and social skills.

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