WHO ARE WE?
Westminster Preschool began in 1968 as a non-profit educational outreach program of the church, providing excellent early childhood education. Our program is fully licensed by the Department of Human Services, and we participate in Iowa’s Quality Rating System. Our preschool recently received a level-four rating, which indicates excellence in programming. We offer preschool classes for children ages three and four, and a developmental play group for toddlers ages one and two.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Westminster Preschool is committed to providing high quality early-childhood education in a warm and nurturing learning environment.
We believe in the guiding principles set forth in Iowa’s Early Learning Standards which state:
All children are capable of learning. Some children may require additional support in achieving the performance standards, but all children are capable of positive developmental outcomes.
Development in each area is interrelated. The interaction of each domain must be considered in program planning so that experiences are meaningful and consider the child as a whole.
Each child is unique with his or her own rate and timing of growth and development. Children will exhibit a range of skills and learning in any domain of development. They should not be expected to reach each benchmark at the same time or with the same level of proficiency.
Young children learn through active exploration of their environment. There should be a balance of child-initiated and teacher-selected activities.
CURRICULUM & TEACHERS
We use the research-based Creative curriculum, and this aligns with the Iowa Early Learning Standards. The curriculum emphasizes learning goals that prepare children for success in school.
Our room is set up in interest areas, and children have a large block of time each day to play in learning centers. Our centers are those recommended in the research-based Creative curriculum. By focusing on the interest areas in each room, adding and changing the toys and activities offered as our themes change, children become active learners as they interact with staff and other children.
Each class has a lead teacher with a degree or extensive course work in Early Childhood Education. Our assistant teachers have training and experience working with young children. Our teaching staff-child ratio meets the Department of Human Services requirements.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM INFORMATION
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