Early Learning Center Programs

Early Childhood/Special Education Program

The early childhood /special education program provides education and related services to children age three through kindergarten with disabilities.  Three-year-old early childhood students attend a morning program Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Four-year-old students with disabilities are integrated into the 4K program and may also receive additional services as determined by their Individual Education Plan.  Students in kindergarten identified with a disability are also integrated into the regular classroom setting to the greatest extent possible, while receiving necessary support, accommodations, and related services.

First Step Four-Year-Old Program

The First Step program features optional participation for children two days per week (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday) from 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.   Levels of ability and individual interests are used to design appropriate activities for all children.  Children actively participate in the learning process through short-and long-term projects.  

The Jolly Phonics program is used to teach letter names and sounds.  The literacy program is a themed based curriculum that uses stories familiar to children to teach them new vocabulary, social and emotional skills, daily living skills and even includes gross and fine motor activities.  The Read it Once Again curriculum allows for differentiation of all activities to enhance a skill or move on to the next skill.  It also provides activities for families to share together at home.  

The math program is a comprehensive program that builds upon skills to teach colors, shapes, patterns, number recognition, spatial awareness, and many other fundamental math skills children will need to be ready for kindergarten.

Guidance is taught by our guidance counselor one day per week and addresses students’ social and emotional growth using the Second Step curriculum.  It also integrates our Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports system used building wide.

Kindergarten Program

The kindergarten program is a full-day, every day model.  The curriculum is designed to enable students to meet the established kindergarten benchmarks as identified in the district’s Content Standards and Benchmarks for Academic Success.   Provisions are made for individual student interests, learning styles, and rates of achievement using intervention programs, Youth Tutoring Youth, UW-P students, parent volunteers, and others.  

Reading is taught in kindergarten in a sequentially developed program involving a variety of materials utilized in a multi-group instructional plan.

Language arts, spelling, handwriting and communication skills dovetail with the reading to provide a complete language development program, which addresses skill development along with an opportunity to develop the students’ creative abilities.

Mathematics focuses on learning computational skills and concepts with increased opportunity to utilize the skills and concepts in practical, everyday settings.  Math manipulatives are extensively used to help students visualize mathematics.  

Social Studies is the study of home and family, community, state, other world communities and cultures, current topics and special units of study at different grade levels.  Students are exposed to computer programs, internet, resource people, videos and field trip experiences.

Science is a blend of activities and experiences, which bring our children into contact with concepts in physical, chemical, biological and earth sciences.  Similar to the social studies program, there is a wide range of units and program materials used at the different grade levels.  These include reading materials, activities from specialized programs, resource people, films, television, computer programs, internet and visits to community and state areas of scientific interest.

Health Units are taught both as independent study areas and as integrated units in other studies in science, social studies, and physical education.  These units help the child to better understand his/her body and how to care for it.

Art and Music are taught as separate subjects in their own rooms and are taught by certified art and music teachers.  An appreciation of the history and significance that art and music had on societies around the work is a main theme.  Children are given an opportunity to develop skills of expression as an outlet for their creative talents.

Physical Education activities incorporate a wide range of developmental skills.  The program emphasis includes developing the total physical being, development of coordination, and an understanding and appreciation for rules of games, sportsmanship, teamwork, cooperation, and social interaction.  The physical education program also teaches Human Growth and Development curriculum.

Developmental Guidance addresses students’ social and emotional growth using the Second Step curriculum.  It also integrates our Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports system used building wide.

Kindergarten Camp is a designated 30-minute block of time in which all students are provided specific skill instruction at their level in the subject area of reading.