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Welcome to the Preschool Center

We are ready for the next set of adventures!  In Preschool, our Mead early learners start to come into their own - communicating, advocating, and absorbing at full speed.

The preschool years are an expansive time, and an ideal time for exploration. Growing skills allow students to explore and interact with their environment, making this stage of development a very exciting time for students and teachers alike. Our Preschool students have the opportunity to participate in specials, including Physical Education and Music.

Our Overarching Goals

As in all of our centers, our Preschool teachers spend time getting to know every child very well.   With a robust sense of their students, the teachers create developmentally appropriate goals for the classroom as a whole, and tailor learning opportunities for individual students, resulting in a rich curriculum and classroom environment designed to link both social and emotional competency and early academic learning. 

We want our Preschool students to demonstrate a sense of self; to accept responsibility for themselves and respect the rights of others; to identify similarities and value differences; to function effectively as an individual and as a member of a group; to participate easily in routine activities; to demonstrate increasing independence; to acquire learning and problem-solving skills; to expand logical thinking skills; to develop beginning reading, writing and math skills; to demonstrate an increase in fine and gross motor skills; to use creativity and imagination; and to demonstrate curiosity and a desire to learn.

One Robust Preschool Experience -
Two Program Choices to Suit Your Needs

Preschool and Pre-K at Mead have it all!  While many schools offer only part-day or regular school hour options for these years, Mead parents have choices. 

As the transitional years between Early Learning and Elementary School, these two classes are also unique in that they offer the possibility for the extended year options of the Mead ELC.  Parents can choose between a 42 or 50 week enrollment, so the fun never stops, and our students and families enjoy easy, fun, and exciting years as they transition to elementary.

Preschool "Extended Day":
 6:30 am - 5:30 pm

Our Extended Day program offers families a premium Preschool experience within our maximum hours of coverage. Students typically arrive anywhere between 6:30 am and 8:30 am, and are typically picked up between the hours of 4:30 and 5:30 pm.

Preschool "Full Day": 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our Full Day program offers every opportunity  within the hours of a "typical" length of school day.  Students typically arrive at or just after 9:00 am, and are picked up by 3:00 pm.

Julia Moylan

Home Center Director,


What to Expect