Currently we have a full day Pre-school and four half-day preschool classrooms, all located at Evergreen Avenue School. The session schedule is as follows:
- Full Day: 8:45 am – 3:00 pm.
- AM Session: 8:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- PM Session: 12:00 noon – 3:00 p.m.
In order to qualify for the regular, four year old program, a child needs to be four years old by October 1. Furthermore, state law requires students to have a physical examination to be completed by the family physician prior to the start of school.
In addition to the four year old classes, there is also a three-year-old program exclusively for students with special needs. This program also runs on the same half-day format and includes many of the same characteristics of the regular program described below.
The philosophy of the Woodbury Public School’s Pre-K Program is to identify and address the unique needs of the young children in our community. The program is strongly rooted in the belief that young children learn through multi-sensory experiences. These experiences create permanent connections that form the foundation for eventual abstract thinking. The natural curiosity of young children is nurtured and enhanced through experimentation and discovery. Our mission is to continue upholding this core philosophy as our program moves forward.
A successful classroom environment fosters real life experiences, an atmosphere of imagination and individuality, and ample opportunities for peer modeling and interaction. The inclusion of children with disabilities is a strong component of the program. Inclusion fosters awareness of individual differences and learning styles. A collaborative effort among the classroom teacher, special educator, occupational therapist, and the speech/language specialists, provides an environment rich in play experiences that promotes growth and learning across the developmental continuum.
The New Jersey Preschool expectations are supported through integrated thematic units and various child-centered activities. We recognize that children learn most effectively from their peers in everyday settings with proper supports in place for child and teacher alike. In addition, all preschool teachers have received training and are currently using the creative curriculum program.
As our mission continues to move forward, the district’s overarching goal is that such developmentally appropriate experiences supply the first step in each child’s ultimately successful journey through the educational process. As a district we have learned that providing early childhood programming is the key to the future academic success of our young students. Such early learning experiences are the cornerstones to solid educational foundations in the future. The district utilizes many different approaches to be sure that no child is left behind.
A Preschool Open House for the upcoming school year is typically held in the beginning of March. At these times, parents and their children can visit a PreK classroom and experience it vividly and firsthand. The district will then hold preschool registration at the end of March. Please call 853-0123 ext 277 to make an appointment.