A Place for Every Child – Preschool Options through Rockford Public Schools

ed-schoolbeat1by LISA JACOBS, Executive Director
Rockford Community Services

Childhood is an amazing time in the life of a human. Everyday, learning is the primary activity. Preschool provides an excellent opportunity to enhance that learning. Through a preschool experience, children are better prepared to make the transition to the formal school setting. In a quality preschool, children gain self-confidence and become more independent as they develop problem-solving skills as well as learning about the reading and writing process that they will jump into in kindergarten. They also learn social skills like sharing, waiting your turn, and empathy, which help them throughout life.

The Rockford Schools Childcare Services offers four different options for preschool children. Each is unique and can meet the needs of any young child.

ed-schoolbeat2The Community Education Preschool program is at the Administration Building. This well-established family-loved program has been serving the children of Rockford for 35 years. The staff of Ruth Hosler, Melissa Young and Brenda Chrisman has many years of experience. This is a program that emphasizes school readiness and success through the teaching of cognitive and social skills. The staff develops a warm nurturing relationship with each child and his family.

The Child Development Lab Preschool at the high school also has a curriculum to prepare students for kindergarten. It features a parent observation room, motivated “high school friends” who help with learning, a Paws with a Cause dog on Tuesdays and Thursdays, an art fair in the spring, a fitness day, and lots of exciting activities.

Hola Amigos is a Spanish Immersion Preschool to introduce three- and four-year-old children to the Spanish language and culture. Bilingual staff teach the same academic and social skills as a traditional preschool. The Spanish words for these concepts are gradually introduced through the year, ending with a Cinco di Mayo party in May.

ed-schoolbeat3For those children who need childcare, we offer a full-day program which incorporates a preschool into the morning, thus eliminating the need of enrolling in a preschool and a childcare. This program is also housed in the Administration Building. As a result of meeting high standards, this childcare/preschool is nationally accredited, much like the Blue Ribbon awards given to each Rockford elementary school.

Registration for the three traditional part-day programs is Thursday, March 19, 2009, through rpssigmeup.com Registration for the childcare/preschool is arranged by calling (616) 863-6560.

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