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PRESCHOOL THREE-FIVE Year Olds

Ages 36 Months to 60 Months*

Whether they are mixing a cake, brushing the dog, or vacuuming the living room, preschoolers love to help.

It seems like they were a baby yesterday but now your child wants to be like a miniature version of you – pretending to do business on the phone, negotiating with peers, and grabbing a bag for school.  To your preschooler, every day is a new adventure toward independence and school. Together you have overcome sleepless nights and irrational fears; you have laughed together, and learned new tricks. Now you are ready to embark on the start of a magnificent adventure that will provide the foundation for your child's future as a life-long learner.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center, our teachers value the special combination of imagination, energy, and spirit that is at the heart of a preschooler. We will help your child explore and learn in a safe, caring environment that recognizes the individuality and specialness of your child. We know that numbers, shapes, and letters are not the only foundations of learning.  We recognize that imaginary friends, monsters in the closet, and three tailed purple cats are very real to your child.  We will help your child discover the facts, fun, and adventure that come from learning about their real and imaginary worlds.  We will do it in a safe, caring environment that recognizes their individuality while encouraging friendship.

We will communicate with you to ensure your child is meeting learning milestones, making friends, having fun,  and is ready to excel academically and socially while you are working on your own education, career, or other family related duties.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center we know that energy, imagination, and the learning adventure towards kindergarten readiness are all important parts of being a preschooler.

Preschool Activities:

  • Computer Introduction
  • Writing Journal
  • Science Projects
  • Creating and Displaying Artwork
  • Show and Share Presentations
  • Weekly Themed Activities

Preschool Learning Paths - Play:

  • Physical – potty-trained; utilizes more self-help skills in feeding and dressing self; walks on tiptoes; hops on one foot; learning how to ride a tricycle; knows how to hold a pencil and can draw simple line shapes; enjoys hands-on activities; hop, skip, and jump; can use safety scissors
  • Emotional – likes to make others laugh; readily shows affection to adults, children, and animals' feels emotions intensely, including frustration or fear
  • Social – looks for approval and attention from adults; understands the concepts of sharing, taking turns, and ownership; engages in cooperative play; follows rules; growing independence from parents; inquisitive
  • Cognitive – can sort objects by shape, color, and number; enjoys simple puzzles and matching games like "Go Fish"; understands simple number concepts such as the difference between "one" and "two" objects; may actively seek and is excited about the company of other children; enjoys group activities; imaginary play is more complex; recognizes letters and numbers; has greater understanding of complex spatial concepts
  • Language – speaks in 4-6 word long sentences, then progresses to using compound sentences; people outside of the immediate circle can understand most of their words; enjoys story/reading time; knows how to use pronouns (I, you, me) and some plurals (cats, balls, trucks); can follow simple directions and commands; can identify most common objects and pictures; understands rhyming; carries on detailed conversations

Primary Teacher Role:

  • Utilizes Creative Curriculum® in the classroom as children learn through active interactions with the physical and social environment
  • Introduces the Maryland State Department of Education’s (MSDE) Common Core Curriculum to work toward the state of Maryland's goal of school readiness
  • Encourages your child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner by enhancing the child's ability to solve problems, recognize cause-and-effect relationships, and plan ahead. Children are encouraged to try their ideas, experiment, and use materials creatively. Songs, storytelling, social studies, science, language, games, blocks, manipulatives, and other creative materials are used in more sophisticated ways, and students are given time to develop their own unique themes of play.
  • Observes and assesses your child's needs and likes/dislikes so that activities meet individual and group learning milestones
  • Works as your partner, communicating with you about your child’s daily development and education
  • Offers tips on how to reinforce learning at home while recognizing that you are the most important person in your child's learning
  • Provides a physically safe, cognitively challenging and emotionally nurturing environment
  • Conducts parent-teacher conferences each spring and fall
  • Utilizes Teaching Strategies Gold® to provide observational assessment information on children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments in ten domains.  This information is utilized in preparing the classroom lesson plans and is shared with the parents during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Consistently defines clear limits and expectations
  • Utilizes "redirection" as a behavior management technique

Three- to Five-Year Old Schedule and Rates:

Care Options Student Parents ** Staff, Faculty, and Community Parents
Weekly Rate $166 $207.50
Full Day Rate $42.50 $53.75
Block *** Rate $26.50 $37.75
Activity Fee $5 $5


* Age ranges may vary slightly as children are transitioned to the next age/classroom level after reaching key developmental milestones and as spaces are available.  Children turning 5 after the September 1st Kindergarten deadline are welcome in our classroom.
** Student Parents Rate available with enrollment in six (6) credit hours per semester.
*** Blocks are either 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Minimum enrollment is for two day or two blocks per week.

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