The mission of Endicott Preschool is to have a "Heart for Our Communities" by providing a developmentally appropriate preschool program for three, four, and five-year-olds where they can develop a positive self-image and discover the joy of learning through guided play.
The philosophy of the Endicott Preschool program is that each child learns through guided exploration of their world with support of the teacher and family. Preschool children learn through active and purposeful play. Through this guided play, the child develops creativity, language skills, social skills, motor skills and self confidence.
In order to get children ready for school, we set goals:
To provide a curriculum that builds upon what children already know and are able to do to enable them to connect to new concepts and skills
To provide a literacy-rich environment through the use of centers for reading, science, math and dramatic play
To provide units with themes that integrate and teach across all content areas (English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and the Arts)
To provide children with exposure to a wide variety of information and literacy experiences including the use of technology in the daily activities
To provide a safe environment for students and staff
To provide a learning climate in each classroom that is active; one in which children interact with each other and manipulatives while engaging in cooperative hands-on learning with day-to-day life experiences
To provide a balance of classroom activities that is teacher-directed and child-initiated; these activities may be active or quiet, performed individually or in large or small groups
To provide an environment that is sensitive to cultural, language and learning differences among all children and families served
To provide a curriculum that promotes the students’ growth in creative development, motor development, cognitive development, and their social and emotional development
To provide an on-going process of collecting information from multiple sources about a child’s needs, which include observation, portfolios, screening and development checklists. This data is used to determine each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. This information is used to plan and adapt the child’s program. Assessment information is also shared with parents in a timely and ongoing manner
3's, 4's, and More!
We offer three-year-old and four-year-old classes here at the Endicott Preschool, with 2 or 3 day options in the Threes program and 2, 3, or 5 day options in the Fours program. *Note: Our Threes program is currently on pause due to COVID-19. Please click on a picture below for a more complete description of each aspect of our school:
A heartfelt THANK YOU… to you, Ronne & Derek, as well as all of the teachers and aides that have made this first week possible. I am thrilled that Kevin has been able to start UPK as planned, in person, and he says that he loves it! The kids don’t even notice that they have to wear masks, they just want to be in school with their teacher(s) and new friends. Endicott Preschool is doing an AMAZING job of making that happen this school year amongst lots of adversity, and believe me, the parents appreciate it! We are very thankful for all of your hard work to make this happen.
Keep up the WONDERFUL work… it is MUCH APPRECIATED! It’s going to be a great school year!
My son absolutely LOVED preschool here! His teachers put me at ease the first week sending photos of what he was doing at school. Mrs. Dutcher and Mrs. Amorino were kind and clearly loved working with the kids. We had a great experience and would easily recommend Endicott Preschool!
As a School Psychologist in the area, I have screened children entering kindergarten from a variety of early education programs. Year after year, students entering school from Endicott First Presbyterian are better prepared academically and socially. They repeatedly score in the upper limits on measures of cognitive, language and academic readiness skills. They are also better prepared for the structure of kindergarten. In comparison to other students, they enter kindergarten with better social and play skills. I believe Endicott First Presbyterian achieves these remarkable outcomes by teaching to the whole child, adhering to high standards, and adapting their teaching to meet the needs of diverse learners.
James Lucenti, MA., CAS
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