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Prekindergarten (4 - 5 Year Olds)

Discover your child’s path to creativity . . .

Prekindergarten is a critical time for children as they begin the adventure of a lifetime of learning. Every day your child is learning and doing more, which is why the University's Child Development Center's Early Foundations® Prekindergarten program is designed to challenge them more. Our caring, experienced teachers are dedicated to providing a rich, nurturing environment that will prepare your child for Kindergarten. We promote independence in an organized atmosphere, as it is increasingly important for children to be their own thinkers. We also teach children to work well within a group through listening, sharing and cooperation.

Teachers at the Center organize unique activities that are designed to support your child’s social, physical, emotional and intellectual development. In Early Foundations® Prekindergarten, we focus on building confidence and school-readiness so that your child will develop the necessary tools to move into, as well as thrive in, the final phase of his or her early education—all while having fun.

Language and Literacy

  • Each day we focus on age-appropriate literacy objectives, including letter recognition, letter sounds and emerging writing skills. Children are well on their way to becoming fluent in reading and writing.


  • Children engage in the exciting work of numbers as they sort, construct, classify, and match. They also learn counting, measuring, and a variety of math skills.

Creative Arts and Music

  • Participation in creative arts and music allows children to showcase their talents. Exposing children to works by master artists and then asking them to create their own interpretation inspires children to find their own unique voice.

Science and Discovery

  • Your child’s mind for science will become stronger through hands-on experiences when he or she learns to predict results, test ideas and draw conclusions. As an explorer in this new world, your child will examine and use various tools of discovery.

Program Features

  • Twice-daily small-group instruction in math and literacy
  • Preparation for Kindergarten and future success in school
  • Whole-group activities to develop social skills
  • Development of a stronger vocabulary through letters and words
  • Independent, creative learning through hands-on experiences
  • Daily communication between teachers and parents keep you informed about your child’s day