Three-, Four-, and Five-Year-Olds

Application and selection policy

Tuition and fees

We offer two full-day, year-round programs for children three and four years old by September 15.

The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The preschool classrooms are part of Iowa’s Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program (SVPP).

Development activities incorporate individual needs

Our curriculum offers a balance of individual, small group, and large group activities with an emphasis on learning centers and child self-selection. The programs are planned to stimulate all aspects of development by acknowledging each child’s individual development, age-related development, and cultural background.

Learning, sharing, and belonging

Your child will learn by doing, imitating, observing, exploring, examining, experimenting, and questioning in activities and experiences planned according to his or her interests and home experiences. Language and literacy experiences, storytelling and story sharing, creative dramatics, and music are integrated throughout the program as well as numbers, science, and outdoor activities.

Emphasis is placed upon sharing, belonging to a group, and forming friendships with other children and adults.

Multi-age classroom

In a multi-age classroom, opportunities exist for each child to interact with children of varying backgrounds, abilities, interests, personalities, and ages. According to Lillian Katz,

“the intention of multiage grouping is to increase the heterogeneity of the group so as to capitalize on the differences in the experiences, knowledge, and abilities of the children.”

In a multi-age classroom, children are viewed as individuals and expectations are adjusted for each child. Continuous progress in the curriculum promotes social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Research shows that mixed-age grouping helps children develop social skills and a sense of belonging.

Food and nutrition

As part of the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program a daily, nutritious lunch is served in addition to a morning and afternoon snack. Menu example »