The preschool is open to all children who will be at least four years old by September 15th. The integrated program serves four and five year olds, as well as 3 to 5 year olds with identified special needs and disabilities.
The mission of our preschool program is to provide a safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate environment in which students can learn and develop to their fullest potential. We respect and accommodate the differences within each child’s developmental level.
Mid-Prairie offers two different site locations for preschool. There are two classrooms at West Elementary and two classrooms at East Elementary. Preschool typically follows the same calendar schedule as the remainder of the school district. Our preschool is 4 days a week, half days. Preschool takes place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a morning session and afternoon session.
For those who qualify, Mid-Prairie offers some transportation for children in the program. Ultimately, administration and the transportation director make all transportation decisions. Additional transportation arrangements can be made with the Washington County Mini Bus.
When enrolling your child, keep in mind that we cannot guarantee where your child will be placed. Children that live in Kalona may attend preschool in Wellman and children that live in Wellman may attend preschool in Kalona. This is all based upon enrollment numbers and transportation.
The Mid-Prairie Preschool’s primary curriculum is the Creative Curriculum. The Creative Curriculum is a research-based program that focuses on “planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children’s social-emotional development and learning in the core areas of literacy, mathematics, science and social studies” (https://teachingstrategies.com/solutions/teach/). Essential components of the curriculum include setting up the learning environment for active learning and developing positive, meaningful relationships with both the children and their families. The curriculum focuses on developing the whole child, including their social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language skills. The Creative Curriculum is supplemented with Everyday Math, Houghton-Mifflin, Handwriting Without Tears, and teacher created materials.
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