Privately operated, for-profit or nonprofit preschool programs based in community settings that have no specialized curriculum and are accessible to all children in the community. Activities generally include shape, colour and number recognition; outdoor play; observation of nature and pets; fine and gross motor activities; pre-reading and pre-writing skills development; and opportunities for socialization. Community based preschools may offer half-day sessions (or less) that may be available to different groups of children on specific days of the week.
Preschools that are staffed by individuals who have expertise in designing and operating programs that blend the needs of children of all abilities, including children with disabilities. These programs offer specialized educational experiences and activities for children with disabilities who are integrated into their program as well as those that are appropriate for other children.
Private schools for preschool age children whose curriculums follow the system of training young children developed by Maria Montessori which emphasizes free physical activity, informal and individualized instruction, early development of writing and reading skills and extended sensory motor training.
Private schools for preschool age children that are established, controlled and financially supported by religious institutions.
Preschools that are owned and managed by a group of families who hire trained teachers to provide a quality preschool experience for their children. The preschools are administered and maintained by the parents, usually on a nonprofit, non-sectarian basis. The parents assist the professional teachers in the classroom on a rotating schedule and participate in the educational program of all the children. Each family shares in the business operation of the school, often by electing a board of directors that establishes policies and hires qualified staff who run the day-to-day operations. One of the benefits of cooperative preschools is that they are generally within the financial means of most families.
Private schools for preschool age children whose curriculums follow the system of training young children developed by Rudolf Steiner which emphasizes creative thinking, emotional intelligence, physical vitality and spiritual depth.
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