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A Guide to the Preschool Program

Our goal is to provide quality care in a secure setting which allows independent child-directed activities at different developmental levels.  The curriculum fosters natural curiosity and social skills necessary for a successful adjustment to school.  Our large classroom area enables staff to provide a dynamic environment; it allows for greater freedom in play and more structured choices, while maintaining security.


The preschool program is a whole language program based on weekly themes.  In an open classroom environment, mixed ages will benefit through modeling and helping each other.  The curriculum is a two-level program created to meet the individual needs of the child.  As the child reaches a higher developmental level they will start to do the higher level activities.  Because we desire to strengthen the child's natural love of learning, we also make the most of the many teachable moments experienced each day.  Creativity is encouraged in all areas and activities.

Why Wigwam? 

  • experienced, creative, caring, consistent staff (low turnover rate)
  • many chances to experience everyday life outside of school (field trips galore!)
  • "Please Touch" approach to play and structured activities
  • parent/family support system with parental involvement encouraged in school activities.
Class Schedule:

7:00 - 8:30 Open Classroom & Free Play
8:30 - 9:15 Outside/Group Game
9:15 - 9:45 Opening Circle/Exercises
9:45 - 10:00 Learning Circle*
10:00 - 11:15 Learning Centers/Snack
11:15 - 11:45 Outside
11:45 - 12:00 Lunch Prep
12:00 - 12:30 Lunch*
12:30 - 12:45 Cleanup/Bathroom
12:45 - 2:45 Nap
2:45 - 3:00 Rise & Shine
3:00 - 3:15 Storytime*
3:15 - 4:00 Centers
4:00 - 5:00 Outside/Snack
5:00 -6:00 Open Classroom & Free Play

Naptime Procedures:

The children are expected to sleep or rest quietly on cots between 1:00 an 3:00 PM.  One half hour before the sleepers rise, non-sleepers and early risers will be able to work independently on fine motor activities until naptime is over.  Cot sheets are included in the activity fee.  They are sent home at the end of the week to be laundered.  Only security items and small blankets are welcomed.  No sleeping bags, comforters, or standard-size pillows.


At the conclusion of your child's year in the upper level (the June before entering Kindergarten), children and parents are invited to join us in a formal graduation ceremony.  Cap, gown, report card, diploma and a graduation party are part of the celebration


The qualified, caring, and enthusiastic staff consists of certified teachers with Bachelor or Science degrees in Early Childhood and Elementary Ed., as well as aids currently enrolled in college education courses.  The staff is also certified in First Aid and CPR.

Circle Time

A daily event introducing or enriching the weekly theme and letter through teacher-lead discussions, songs, books, finger-plays and games. Popular children's literature is used to enhance comprehension of the concept, encourage the love of reading, and inspire the imagination. 

Center Time

During center time, independent preschoolers choose an area to do hands-on learning.

These include:

Books/Listening            Manipulatives

Blocks                           Dramatic Play

Imaginative Art             Sensory Table

Science/Nature             Computer

Themes Project Area    Math Readiness

"Writing" Center           Lifeskills (snacks)

Centers include, but not limited to:

Puppetry, painting (finger & easel), marble-works, Brio trains, sand, geoboards, story tapes, magnets, musical instruments, assorted puzzles, water play, doll house, interactive software, etc.

Educational goals for center time are:

  • elementary use of scissors
  • recognition of name in print
  • ability to print first name
  • self-dressing
  • rote counting to 20
  • recognition of numbers to 10
  • recognition of some shapes
    (circle, rectangle, triangle, square)
  • color recognition (8 basic)
  • general awareness of seasons
  • days of the week (rote)
  • recognition of major body parts
  • recognition of some letters
  • accept and respond to adult authority
  • respect and show concern for people and things
  • playing and sharing cooperatively with others
  • appropriate control over feelings
  • lengthening attention span (10 minutes)


Full Time

  • Plan 60 - $194.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 60 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 6 mths.
  • Plan 45 - $174.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 45 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 6 mths.

Part Time

  • Plan 35 - $158.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 35 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 12 mths.
  • Plan 23 - $119.00/1 activity fee
    Up to 23 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 12 mths.

Hourly- $5.00

  • $10.00 cot sheet/per event activity fee
  • Up to 10 hours per week
  • Subject to availability
  • Tuition due monthly
  • Not eligible for vacation


  1. Ratio: 1 adult for 10 children
  2. P.M. Snacks
  3. Milk at lunch/ juice with snacks
  4. One hot lunch per week
    (Sept.. - June)
    for full/part-timers

(Rates subject to change every May)


All information is subject to change.

For further information see handbook or call (215) 256-1222


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