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.
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.
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.
Our 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