~ Preschoolers ~

Preschoolers are a funny bunch! 

They are naturally curious, temperamental, lovable and very eager learners~

This age requires an age appropriate environment that supports their natural curiosity and need to learn about the world around them. 

Setting the stage for future academic success begins in the preschool years 

Christa's Kids uses a play based curriculum that meets the needs of ALL children enrolled.  However at the preschool age, most kids begin to show an interest in a more structured learning environment that focuses on the academics they will experience throughout their school years. 

During the week, I will offer those children a developmentally appropriate curriculum that will begin the foundation for life long learning.   These activities align with FCCERS (Family Child Care Environmental Ratings Scale) as well as area school readiness requirements. 

What is FCCERS?

The Family Child Care Environment Rating Scale is an internationally recognized evidence based quality improvement tool specifically designed for the family child care environment. 

FCCERS focuses on 7 different areas which include:

  • Space and Furnishings
  • Personal Care Routines
  • Language and Reasoning
  • Activities
  • Interactions
  • Program Structure
  • Provisions for Parents and Staff

Children in environments with higher FCCERS scores have repeatedly been found to do better, with outcomes that are considered important such as; language ability, math and reading readiness, positive perceptions of their own competence, better relationships with classroom teachers and staff members, and advanced social skills among peers and age mates

Meaningful learning occurs when children have time to choose from a variety of developmentally appropriate activities with a teacher who brings learning out of play. 

Preschool hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

During this time, preschoolers will be provided with opportunities to study and learn concepts in a more structured and complex manner.  Activities in all areas of development will be available.  

All structured preschool activities will align with ECIPS (Early Childhood Indicators of Progress: Minnesota's Early Learning Standards) 

The ECIPS Minnesota's Early Learning Standards are intended to provide a framework for understanding and communicating a common set of developmentally appropriate expectations for young children within a context of shared responsibility and accountability for supporting children in meeting these expectations.  

ECIPS is divided into seven domains that reflect the full range of child development as shown.

My goal is to make sure each student meets or exceeds the requirements of Kindergarten readiness as set forth by area school districts,