Focused on Children

Focused on ChildrenThe School for Young Children offers a school-year preschool and extended day program (Backpack Club) with various options designed to meet the needs of children and families. Summer camp programs are offered in two-week sessions with half-day and full-day options available.

Throughout all our programs, we maintain a set of core values about how young children learn. We understand that children view the world very differently from adults. Our staff and teachers embrace and nurture the unique perspectives of young minds. Environments are designed, strategies are implemented, and community resources are utilized to promote the full potential of every child.



Preschool The preschool program offers an environment that encourages the development of the whole child while fostering a sense of independence, responsibility, and self-control. Classroom routine is built around a predictable schedule that provides security and stability for children.

Our preschool program is four hours in duration running from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. Each classroom varies in size from 15 to 17 children. Every classroom has a lead teacher and a teacher assistant. Families can choose a 2-day, 3-day, or 5-day schedule.

Backpack ClubThe Backpack Club is an extension of our preschool program providing additional morning and afternoon hours. The Backpack Club is open during most holidays and standard school vacation weeks.

The morning session meets from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The Backpack afternoon session begins with a quiet rest for children who nap and "awake room" activities for those who do not nap. There are planned activities, snack, stories and outdoor play each day. The afternoon sessions ends at 5:00 p.m.

Summer CampThe Summer Camp program runs in two week sessions from late June through mid-August. Many activities are planned to include creative and dramatic arts, music, science, nature, and water play experiences.

The Camp Program is designed for children 3½ to 5 years of age. Children must be 3 by January 1 prior to the summer season or must still be 5 years old at the onset of the session enrolled. Previous preschool or group setting experience is required.

Summer Camp Brochure (PDF: 2pp., 1.42MB)     Summer Camp Registration Form (PDF: 1p., 212K)

Enrollment informationEnrollment information is available upon request. Families are invited to arrange for a tour of The School by contacting us. Tours can be scheduled to provide families an opportunity to observe the school environment and ask questions about the program.

Applications for Preschool & Backpack (PDF:5pp., 264K) and Summer Camp (PDF: 1p., 212K) are accepted regardless of race, religion, nationality, ancestry or special need. Children and families with identified special needs are engaged in The School's Special Education Transition Plan.

Intergenerational LiteracyThe School for Young Children organizes a successful intergenerational literacy program aptly called SPECIAL (Seniors and Preschoolers Engaging Collaboratively In All Learning). Senior citizens visit The School for one hour a week and engage in literacy experiences with children, which may include a visit to the lending library. Each volunteer visits the same classroom each week, allowing for special relationships to develop. Early literacy skills are easily fostered through their shared activities. This program has proven to be beneficial to both our preschool age children and the senior volunteer.

To volunteer or get more information, please see our brochure (PDF: 2pp., 137K) or contact the program coordinator.