About River Street Preschool/Early Learning Center
The River Street Preschool/Early Learning Center, located in CREC’s facility, is designed to serve students ages 3 -5. Children learn through active exploration, experimentation, decision-making and problem solving. The classroom is setup into centers with activities, to provide an enriching environment for learning to occur. The center areas include language arts (reading and wring), science and nature, math, art, sensory exploration, dramatic play and block construction.
The program provides a unique, integrated experience for typically developing preschool children and children on the autism spectrum, in the context of a developmentally appropriate curriculum. The staff is specially trained in early childhood curriculum and skilled in providing individualized developmentally appropriate educational opportunities.
The curriculum currently follows the CT State Preschool Benchmarks, a framework designed to ensure that children obtain skills appropriate for their ages. The River Street Preschool/Early Learning Center is also beginning to use the CT Early Learning and Development Standards to guide classroom instruction. Communication with parents is ongoing with written assessments provided three times a year and formal conferences, two times a year.
The students at the River Street Early Learning Center also have the opportunity to interact with students in the CREC River Street Autism Program. All students benefit from interacting together.
The River Street Early Learning Center is a year-round program licensed by the state of CT and accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Students attend a full day program and participate in a physical education class, music, library and art. Parents are an important part of the program and are encouraged to attend the family activities during the year.