Preschool Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County
Spruce Street Preschool Programs
or call 609-695-6060
The Boys & Girls Clubs operates a licensed full day preschool for 3-5 year olds at our Spruce Street Community Center. Preschoolers have access to a state of the art facility and professional staff. The Center operates from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm M-F.
The Director of the Preschool Program and staff work together to create an environment that promotes the development of forward-thinking children through comprehensive, research-based and research-proven curriculum resources. We offer developmentally appropriate programs that support active learning and promote children's progress in all developmental areas.
Our philosophy includes the following key elements:
Caring, Enriching Environment. We provide a safe place to learn and grow. Children build ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, through participation in life-enhancing programs, to enable youth to reach their full potential.
Experienced, Caring Teachers. Our highly-trained teachers promote an open, comfortable learning environment that allows children to explore and progress at their own pace. Staff are trained in CPR and First Aid.
Education. We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to enable our young students to develop their language and literacy skills, problem solving skills in mathematics and science.
Open Communication with Parents. Communication between staff and parents is vital to building a working relationship. Involvement by parents is always encouraged. We have an open door policy.
Curriculum. The preschool curriculum is designed to enhance students' social and emotional development as they prepare to enter Kindergarten. It is based on specialized educational materials from Creative Curriculum, educational pieces from Montessori, and B.F. Skinner's writings on positive reinforcement. Our seasonal curriculums allow for diverse learning programs including art, science, cooking, computers and music. It helps students develop their gross and fine motor skills as well as participate in various sport activities using our new full-size gym, dance studio and multipurpose room.
- Large, bright classroom for children ages 3 to 5 years old with a student to teacher ratio of 10:1 & 12:1.
- Safe, modern facilities with a technology center equipped with computers and full-sized gymnasium.
- Student choice of activity from within a variety of options
- Daily schedule includes table activities, group supervised centers, educational projects, creative and fine arts, music and movement, small and large motor skills, cognitive skills, language arts and more.
- Supervised freedom of movement within the classroom during designated times.
- A new playground for outdoor activity
Please note: All students participating in the preschool program must be potty trained.
Preschool Parent Quotes
"Our daughter has been in preschool for almost a year. She loves the environment and the teachers. As parents, we love how the teachers work on the individual needs of each child. The staff is laying a good foundation to get her ready for kindergarten. We are glad we chose preschool at the Boys & Girls Clubs."
- Mike Varga and Yolanda Cabrera, Preschool Parents
"When I send my child to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County, I have total peace of mind. I know that he is safe and that he is the receiving the quality of education he needs at this level to become a lifelong learner."
- Shade Pottinger, Preschool Parent
Preschool Sample Schedule
7:30 - 9:00 Arrival/Open Art 9:00 - 9:30 Supervised Center 9:30 - 10:00 Morning Meeting 10:00 - 10:30 am Snack 10:30 - 11:00 Educational Project 11:00 - 11:30 Music & Movement 11:30 - 12:00 Educational Art Project 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Review of the Day 1/2 Day Dismissal 1:00 - 3:00 Quiet/Rest Time 3:00 - 3:30 Bathroom - pm Snack 3:30 - 4:00 Afternoon Project 4:00– 4:30 Open Art 5:00 - 6:30 Center Time Dismissal
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