Williamsburg Northside Preschool is dedicated to providing quality care and education to children two and three years old. We aim to build strong partnerships between families, children, and school in order to provide each child with a positive, joyful, and nurturing school experience.
Our Preschool program is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and values each child’s individuality. Classrooms engage in an emergent curriculum that is co-constructed by the students and the teachers. Classes take part in in-depth investigations called “projects” that are of interest to the children in the class. Topics are chosen based on teachers’ observations of children’s play and language in conjunction with their own compelling questions of the students, their knowledge of child development, and their objectives. Topics are often connected to something the children have had experiences with and can be very concrete (i.e babies, subways, fire trucks, etc) or a more open (i.e. a study of water, light, measurement, etc). Through both child-directed and teacher-facilitated activities, children are given the opportunity to fully explore the world around them. A multi-sensory approach is used in order to meet the varying learning styles and developmental needs of each child. Children will engage with and express themselves through a variety of media, including, but not limited to, paint, clay, collage, music, dance, storytelling, blocks, natural materials, and recycled materials.
Teachers use the developmental milestones set forth by the New York State Early Learning Guidelines as well as our own professional experience, to provide opportunities that help each student meet age appropriate expectations. The “project” is considered to be a vehicle by which the children construct knowledge and gain a sense of ownership over their own learning and, while it is an important part of the day, all aspects of the preschool schedule are filled with numerous opportunities for skill building and learning. Math concepts are built upon during meal times as children count out their snack items or discuss who has more and who has less. Vocabulary and language skills are enhanced during conversations at lunch, in the bathroom, and throughout the day. Independence grows as children clean up their materials, put away their rest time belongings or put on their own shoes after nap. And social skills blossom as children share, negotiate, and collaborate through every aspect of the day.
The school day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:00 and we offer several different scheduling options. Early drop off in the gym is provided beginning at 8:05 for families who need it and Afterschool options for 4:30pm or 5:30pm (preschool 3’s only) pick up is available as well. Our school year begins in September and ends in June, with optional summer programming.