Helping children learn to make choices based on the clues in their environment; giving them opportunities to feel competent by doing things for themselves; and offering materials in an organized fashion so children can progress at their own developmental rate and be successful in their endeavors are the goals of our classrooms.
Children are placed in a classroom according to their age as of September 1 and development because we believe they are most comfortable and most successful when surrounded by their peers. There are two teachers in each classroom, a lead teacher and an assistant.

Child's Age (by September 1) Program Days Attended Hours Teacher: Child Ratio
12 -- 18 months TMO 1 Day Wednesday 9:00-11:45 1:4
18 -- 22 months TMO 2 Day Monday, Tuesday 9:00-11:45 1:4
22 -- 26 months TMO 2 Day Thursday, Friday 9:00-11:45 1:4
26 months -- 2.5 years Toddler 2 Day Monday, Tuesday 9:00-11:45 1:5
2.5 -- 3 years Toddler 3 Day Wed, Thurs, Fri 9:00-11:45 1:6
3 -- 3.5 years 4 Day Program Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:00 1:7
3.5 -- 5 years 5 Day Program Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00 1:8
4.5 -- 5.5 years 5 Day Extended Program Monday-Friday 12:00- 02:00 1:8

1 or 2 Day Program - The Orange Rooms/Toddler’s Morning Out (TMO)

The Orange Room or Toddler’s Morning Out (TMO) provides an opportunity for young children to begin socializing with others their age and to enjoy play, stories, music and art in a nurturing environment separate from their parents.  Language development, appropriate play and a positive school experience are encouraged. 

The Wednesday class is for those children who are 12-18 months old.
The Monday & Tuesday class is for those 18 - 22 months old.
The Thursday & Friday is for those 22 - 26 months old.

2, 3 or 4 Day Program - The Purple Rooms

The Purple Rooms provides the building blocks for the development of social, motor, verbal and listening skills. The main goals for both classes are successful separation from parent, development of beginning social interactions, moving from parallel play to group play, language acquisition, and using verbal skills rather than physical means in dealing with situations.

The 2-day class is for those students who are 26-30 months old and meet Monday & Tuesday.
The 3-day class is for those students who are 30-36 months old and meet Wednesday - Friday
The 4-day classes are for those 30-36 weeks old and meets Tuesday - Friday, or a 3-day option Tuesday - Thursday.


4 or 5-Day Program - The Red Room

Learning to listen, to express ideas, to work with others, to “choose work” from a variety of carefully structured options, and to direct their learning are some of the goals for the children in our 4-day classroom.  The children have teacher directed circle time as well as choice times in a self-contained classroom. 

The Red Room is designed for children three to three and a half years old and can choose to meet either 4 days/week ( Monday - Thursday or 5 days/week.


5 Day Program - The Aqua, Blue, Green, and Yellow Rooms

The children in our five day program are assigned to one of four rooms, the Aqua, Blue, Green or Yellow room by age and development. It is there that they begin and end their day with circle time. When opening circle time is over, the children may choose work in any one of the four classrooms, each of which has a special emphasis.  

The activities in the Aqua Room create a hands-on learning environment, often using cooking and food-related activities. The Blue Room focuses on practical life and dramatic play, which are important for interpreting their world, for working together and for developing skills and muscles.  The Green Room activities focus on art and manipulatives, fostering the creative minds of the children. In the Yellow Room, there are multiple cognitive choices, such as number and letter games, a science area and a building block area.  

The teachers in the four classrooms plan together and coordinate concepts and curriculum. For example, during the same week, children may be introduced to Georgia O’Keefe’s flowers in the Green Room’s art area and the life cycle of flowering plants in the Yellow Room’s science area. 

Because the children in the 5 Day program are free to “choose work” in any of the three classrooms, suitable materials are made available for every age child within each room.  Activities are designed to be multi-level.  Through experimentation, children choose materials that are meaningful to them.

5 Day Program - Extended Classroom 

Our extended stay class is offered to those children who are four years through five and a half years old at the beginning of the school year.  It is intended for the child who will be going to Kindergarten the following year.  

This class offers a more in-depth exploration of math, science and reading presented in an interesting hands-on way, more time with friends and a longer school day.  These children are building their endurance so Kindergarten is not such an exhausting experience, all while extending their learning in a developmentally appropriate setting.

In a class led by a 5 Day teacher and assistant, the children in this extended program will stay until two o’clock five days a week.  The class is a unit from twelve to two in which children eat lunch together, have learning extension activities three days a week that are teacher planned, and Enrichment classes twice weekly.  Our Enrichment classes are taught by staff from the preschool as well as teachers from the community.  Examples from past Enrichment offerings include: Yoga, Soccer with Soccer Shots, Tiny Tales with Virginia Repertory Theater, cooking, science, math, and Christmas workshop.