Preschool in Tempe, AZ 85287
1050 South Forest Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287
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The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Preschool is open to the public. Enrollment is open to 3, 4 and 5 year olds. Enrollment begins on the first of March for the following academic year and admittance is determined on a first come, first served basis. A wait list is not maintained. Each of the three classrooms has 18 children with a teacher, a graduate assistant teacher and a student aid. The preschool is in the process of applying for re-accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
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We believe that young children are active learners: that they continually
construct knowledge as they repeatedly interact with people, ideas and materials in
their environment (Piaget, 52). Children learn though constructive play and thus the
teachers role is often a play partner extending and enhancing the childs play and
interests. We welcome the fact that young children possess diverse ideas, values and
approaches to learning. Therefore, we provide a nurturing environment that
encourages initiative, experimentation, problem solving, and social-interaction, while
recognizing and valuing individual differences.
Our curriculum is based on the best practice (Bredekamp & Rosegrant, 1992),
knowledge of theory, research, and practice about how children grow and learn, with
attention given to the individual needs and interests of the children and families we
By integrating content areas of the curriculum and designing projects based on
the interests of individual children and the group, we provide opportunities for children
to reach their potential in the following domains: social, emotional, physical, intellectual,
creative arts, and language.
The classrooms are organized into specialized interest areas (dramatic play,
creative arts and construction), and during work time children are able to work in each
of the three classrooms. We believe children learn from each other and, therefore, we
mix together children of different ages, 3, 4 and 5 year olds in each classroom.
Parents are encouraged to be involved with their childs education. We believe
that a parent is the childs first teacher and, therefore, the insight they have of their
child and their culture are very important for us to know and understand in order to
best serve the child.