We offer preschool for children ages 2-5. Featuring full and part time enrollment. We also offer half day morning programs for all ages.
We have taken the different areas of play out of the traditional classroom to design our unique preschool classroom centers. Each day our pre-kindergarten, young four’s and three’s classes will experience pretending, building, creating and discovering in our creative learning environment.
The curriculum at Kids Collaborate Early Learning Center is a child centered, teacher created emergent style. This means that our teachers collaborate in designing our concepts and topics around the interests of the children. Our curriculum is always developing and changing. The goal for our preschool is to be a learning journey every day. Our emergent style curriculum requires our staff to be attentive and creative in order to develop our ever changing concepts.
In addition to the emergent curriculum, our pre-kindergarten class proudly features Handwriting Without Tears Readiness and Writing, Language and Literacy and Numbers and Math programs to help prepare our students for the transition to kindergarten.
Our three’s and young fours are introduced to different age appropriate ideas and concepts. We want the topics to be engaging while also building skills. We use a less formal way to encourage pre-writing skills by doing strengthening exercises, fine motor skills, gross motor development, scissor activities, sensory activities, and hand eye coordination. We strive to provide the children with practical AND creative development.
* Must be potty trained to participate in preschool program
Our French Valley private preschool and kindergarten is a small, well-controlled environment. We monitor the exterior of the center with security cameras. Our front door has a keypad feature, which only allows parents with the proper code to enter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our center is very unique. We believe that academics and play go hand in hand. We anticipate children can and will learn academics through play. Play is the most natural way a child learns. A child learns through doing, through their actions, relationships, inquiries, opportunities and repetition.
Our curriculum is developed weekly based on ideas that the children bring to the teachers. The teachers then take these ideas and develop them in to concepts. Most often one idea or concept will lead to another. We have found that children are more excited to learn by personal experience, rather than a ridged curriculum with no flexibility.
Our curriculum is structured yet flexible, using real world topics. We want the topics to be engaging also building skills. We use a less formal way to encourage pre-writing skills by doing strengthening exercises, fine motor skills, gross motor development, scissor activities, sensory activities, and hand eye coordination. For example, rolling play dough into little balls with the fingertips helps strengthen the same muscle used in writing. It has been proven by educators and occupational therapists that a child before the age of 4 to 5 is not developmentally ready to write formal letters, however, we will begin to follow lines and create shapes, and we will never prevent a child from learning.
Gathering time will include variety of learning activities that may engage letters, numbers, colors and shapes. They will also learn these concepts through a variety of activities done at the center each day. We will not use flash cards or worksheets to teach the children. We have found this method creates boredom and therefore creates a less inviting environment for the children.
Come explore our center…
Kids Collaborate was built in 2007 boasting a 7,500 square foot, stand alone building on an acre of land in the heart of French Valley. Our enclosed playground offers an oversized shade structure and 11,000 square feet of outdoor space. We are very proud to be part of the growth in this family orientated community.
Kids Collaborate enrolls all year based on availability. Call or email the center for information on immediate openings.