pre-K

Pre-K Program Specifics

Pre-K program applicants for the 2018-19 school year must be four years old by September 1, 2018.

Parents can choose either a full-day or a half-day program for a four year old child:

– The full-day program is Monday through Friday from 8:15 to 2:30.

– The half-day program is Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 1:00.

Pre-K

From age three to five children at Cliff Valley learn through play, exploration, and discovery. Every activity is geared toward enhancing a child’s academic, emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development.  We use small group, highly differentiated instruction to ensure students' readiness in math, reading, science, language arts, and social studies. We promote problem-solving skills and encourage creativity, curiosity, self-direction and responsibility. All preschoolers spend time outside every day, explore music, and begin learning Spanish language and culture.

Every activity is geared toward enhancing a child’s academic, emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development.

Pre-Kindergarten
We offer two options for our Pre-Kindergarten program: a full-day class and a half-day class. The program embeds literacy, language, and math activities into a rich curriculum that takes into account the interests of the children in the classroom. In developing our pre-K curriculum, we pay close attention to:

  • Children's existing knowledge and skills
  • Building on prior knowledge and expanding current skills
  • Relationships and connections between areas of development and learning
  • Children's unique learning profiles and patterns of development
  • Application of skills to real life situations
  • What we know about how children learn
  • Designing experiences for children which provide opportunities for depth and understanding in their explorations.
  • The innate passion that children have for exploring their world.

IMG_7000Our curriculum objectives and developmental expectations are based on research, guidelines and standards from sources which include:

  • Standards for Developmentally Appropriate Practice, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)
  • Georgia Early Learning and Pre-Kindergarten Content Standards, Bright from the Start, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Understanding by Design model of curriculum development
  • National Reading Panel's findings on early literacy and learning
  • Learning theory, longitudinal studies of human development and brain research
  • Emergent curriculum models: Reggio Emelia, Project Approach