LANCASTER CITY SCHOOLS
The Place to Be for Learning, Caring, Succeeding
Our Mission is to provide a caring and joyful environment for all children with an emphasis on academic, social, and physical growth.
Our Vision is to create opportunities for students to discover the joy of life-long learning, partnering with families to build a strong foundation for future success.
We are proudly NAEYC accredited, and a 5-star rated Step Up To Quality preschool!
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
- Every child is born ready to learn. Children are viewed as competent, curious, full of knowledge, potential, and interested in connecting to the world around them. Teachers are deeply aware of children’s potentials and work to provide a warm nurturing environment.
- Curriculum needs to be developmentally appropriate and child-centered. It should promote hands-on, active learning for children ages 3-5. Children learn best with purposeful play-based lesson plans that foster learning through exploration and encourage independence. Curriculum is responsive to the individual needs of students and enables children to develop positive self-esteem; social competency; essential skills in literacy, math, science, and social studies; and a love of learning.
- The learning environment is considered the third teacher. Teachers intentionally organize, support and plan various learning centers for children. The daily schedules are planned to ensure that there is a balance between individual, small and large group activities, child directed and teacher initiated activity and inside as well as outside experiences.
- Preschool education is crucial to a child’s development. It provides important opportunities to ensure a smooth transition into kindergarten. The first five years are when children have proved to be most intellectually absorbent. We believe that any concerns staff have about a child’s progress must be acted upon in a professional, prompt and compassionate manner.
- Education is experienced as a continuous interaction between those involved in school and the community. Collaboration takes place between children and teacher, children and peers, teacher and teacher, teacher and families, and school and the community. All are important in the education process.