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Welcome families and community members!

Thank you for your interest in the Union #38 Schools Early Childhood Program.

 

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Our PreSchool Programs

The mission of the Union #38 Schools’ Early Childhood program is to offer children the opportunity to play and learn in a fun and stimulating environment with other age appropriate peers. The preschool program provides a quality, developmentally-appropriate education for three and four year old children of all abilities. We are committed to creating a supportive, safe, culturally-diverse, and developmentally-appropriate environment where all children and families are respected and valued.

The Union #38 preschool curriculum is based on the knowledge of how young children develop and learn. Our curriculum is based on the Massachusetts Preschool Learning Guidelines. This curriculum reflects current practice in the field of early childhood, which is developmentally appropriate, hands-on learning, with sufficiently challenging curriculum that encourages children to explore, experiment, learn through discovery, and can be accessed by all children.

The preschool curriculum covers all eight areas of development, which includes:

Literacy and Language
Mathematical Thinking
Scientific Thinking
Personal/Social Development
Motor Development – both fine (small muscle) and gross (large muscle)
the Arts
Health
Social Studies

Teachers in our preschool programs recognize that all children develop at their own rate. Recognizing this, teachers are very intentional in identifying their goals for each individual child. Our programs are committed to building a sense of community by encouraging a sense of empathy and acceptance of others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Apply

An application to the Preschool program is processed through the Early Childhood Coordinator at the Superintendent’s Office. Families may request applications in January by calling 665-1155. The acceptance process is based on a lottery as the number of submitted applications usually exceeds the openings the program is able to accommodate. The selection process for enrollment is completed in late March. Applications are NOT available on-line.

Kindergarten applications are processed through the Elementary Schools.  Please contact your respective school office for more information.

Our Program Hours:
(Click on a school for information)
Conway

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. M – Th
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fridays

Program Days: M – F
(enrollment options 3-5 days/week)

Ages: 3 or 4 years old by September 1st

Sunderland

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. M – Th
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fridays

Program Days: M – F
(enrollment options 3-5 days/week)

Ages: 3 or 4 years old by September 1st

Whately

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. M – Th
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fridays

Program Days: M – F
(enrollment options 3-5 days/week)

Ages: 3 or 4 years old by September 1st

Deerfield

8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. M – Th
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Fridays

Program Days: M – F
(enrollment options 3-5 days/week)

Ages: 3 or 4 years old by September 1st

Parent Resources and Information

Playful learning activities you can do with your preschooler ANYTIME!

Franklin County Options and Resources for Early Education and Care

Massachusetts department of Early Education and Care

Massachusetts 2-1-1

Deerfield Macaronikid – Great resource to find family-friendly events and activities in Franklin County

Hilltown Families – a grassroots network connecting families in Western Massachusetts with events happening in the area.

NAYC for Families – The National Association for the Education of Young Children has launched a updated website with families in mind. Check it out!

Brain Building

Empowering Parents – Very informative and useful articles on a variety of topics for parents.

WIC Information – Community Action support for families in our district

Early Literacy links

ABCya! – This website has fun educational games for young children to older elementary grades.

STARFALL – This site has free phonics games and ebooks for young children.

PBS.org – This site has parenting tips, interactive educational games and much, much, more!

Storyline On-Line – The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is proud to bring you Storyline Online, an on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading childrens books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.

KidHealth.org – Toddler time reading.