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Our youngest students (ages 3-5 years) are nurtured through developmentally appropriate projects, play time, and pro-social behavior. 

Core Values

Our Early Childhood Program is designed to:

NURTURE CHILDREN 

support each child's presence, voice, ideas, and opinions • guide them through self-help and problem solving experiences • remind them they are safe and secure • help them understand their emotions and feelings

FOSTER CURIOSITY

engage children in hands on projects • encourage to ask and answer questions • engaging and hands on projects • provide weekly exposure to Specialists in art, music, science, P.E., technology, Mandarin Chinese and library • design child-centered motivational and play-based activities 

 EMBRACE COMMUNITY

participate in monthly family group meetings • attend concerts and plays • visit with middle school buddies • share family celebrations and traditions

PROVIDE THE GIFT OF TIME

develop leaders • build confidence • foster personal growth • cultivate pro-social behavior

CREATE LEADERS

 share prior knowledge with classroom peers • participate in musical and dramatic performances • present to peers at assemblies 

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there half-day options? 

Our program is designed to be a full day program (8:15am-2:45pm). If you are interested in a shortened day, please contact your Admissions Counselor to discuss options.

How do you decide whether my child should be in the Bitty Bengals or Junior Kindergarten classroom?

Our Early Childhood Education program begins with our Bitty Bengals classroom. Typically, Bitty Bengals are two years out from beginning Kindergarten. Bitty Bengals must be 3 years old by the first day of school, be potty trained, and have average to above-average verbal skills. Junior Kindergarten students typically range from just over 4 ½ (4 years, 7 months) to young five (5 years, 23 months). These students are one year away from entering Kindergarten OR need the gift of time to prepare academically and/or socially/emotionally. Our Early Childhood experts and Admissions team recognize that children are at various skill levels, regardless of age. We will work closely with you to make the best placement decision for your child.

How is class placement managed?

Using information from admission play dates, school visits, teacher recommendations and parent interviews, the Early Childhood team creates class lists that have natural learning groups, developmentally appropriate peer groupings, gender balance and teacher-student match.


How many students are in each classroom?

Our goal is to maintain a low student-teacher ratio of 1:8 in our early childhood classrooms.   

What is the process if the classes are full? 

A wait pool will be formed if we see that classroom enrollment is larger than what we can accomodate.

How are students assessed throughout the school year? 

Early Childhood classrooms use a portfolio-based assessment along with a checklist of age-appropriate skills. All of these materials are reviewed with the families during conferences. The portfolio is a keepsake at the end of the year.

Deciding What Comes Next

The Early Childhood years are a memorable time for parents and students alike! Greensboro Day School considers each child’s unique gifts as we work in partnership with families to plan an educational path for the future.

Current Early Childhood families interested in Kindergarten for the following year will begin the Admission process in October. Please learn more about the Application process here

Please note that acceptance to the Early Childhood program does not guarantee acceptance or space in Kindergarten. 

Investing in the Early Years

It is important to note that financial aid is not available for our Early Childhood students. For families moving into the Kindergarten year, there is a very limited amount of aid available. If you plan to apply for financial aid for the Kindergarten year, please understand that aid may not be available at the level you request. Should you anticipate needing financial aid for Kindergarten and beyond, please contact Vivian O'Brien (288-8590 or vobrien@greensboroday.org) to determine whether or not a level of aid may be forthcoming. 

For more information about affording a Greensboro Day School education, please click here.

 After-school activities and care for children is available from 3-6pm for an additional charge. Please click here for more information about these opportunities. 

 

See Us in Action!

         

The Early Childhood students are always on the go!

Watch the videos below to see a sampling of what they are up to. 

                                      

       

       

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