PLAINFIELD — The school board here has approved plans for a new preschool to be called the Little Quakers Academy.
The corporation started a developmental preschool this year and it was the plan to implement more classes in stages. The first class to be added for the 2014-15 school year will have space for 40 children and offer before and after care. This will also be a full-day preschool class.
Assistant Superintendent Mary Giesting explained the concept to the board. She was joined in the presentation by Laura DelVecchio, the district’s director of special education.
“This class will use the High Scope Curriculum, which is a typical model,” DelVecchio said. “The typical students will interact with the developmental students more than just at lunch. They will interact throughout the day.”
High Scope Curriculum is a research-based curriculum that has been found to lead to positive outcomes for young students as they progress through school. The curriculum aligns with the Indiana Foundations for Young Children and addresses the areas of language, literacy, and communication; social and emotional development; physical development, health, and well-being; math, science and technology, social studies, and arts.
Parents can expect a progress report at the end of each nine-week grading period to provide an update on their child’s progress toward the curriculum Goals and Indiana Foundations for Young Children.
Only Guilford Township residents will be able to apply for admission. Due to the PCSC Little Quakers Academy being staffed and equipped to provide care only for 3- to 5-year-olds, children must be at least 3 by Sept. 1 to be eligible for enrollment.
Admission is based on available space. After the program fills, children will be placed on a waiting list and contacted in the order in which their registration packet was submitted for future openings.