Programs

Pre-K

4 - 5 year olds

Welcome to the Pre-Kindergarten program at First Steps Early Childhood Learning Center! With such an emphasis on the importance of Kindergarten readiness today, our stimulating Pre-K program stresses development of the whole child: socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. Our goal is to help your Pre-Kindergartener to develop a love for learning through their own direct experiences with people, objects, events and ideas.

Our Program is built around the State of Missouri approved Early Childhood curriculum High Scope, and includes the following areas:

  • Reading Readiness
  • Language Arts
  • Math Concepts and Number Recognition
  • Science and Discovery
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Computers
  • Creative Arts
  • Dramatic Activities
  • Introduction to Spanish
  • Music and Creative Movement
  • Physical Fitness/Gym
  • Practical Life Skills
  • Positive Self-Concept and Social Development Activities

In addition, every month we focus on one of the following special Value Themes to assist in the character development of our young students:

  • Confidence
  • Kindness
  • Friendship
  • Love and Joy
  • Self-control
  • Compassion
  • Understanding
  • Fairness
  • Politeness
  • Responsibility
  • Thankfulness
  • Caring and Sharing

Our Pre-Kindergarten classroom is designed with the following specialized learning centers that provide unlimited educational opportunities through self-directed exploration and fun!

  • Reading Center
  • Math Concepts
  • Science and Discovery
  • Sensorial
  • Construction
  • Dramatic Play
  • Music and Movement
  • Puzzles and Games

Groups and Ratios

Your child's Teacher will give you a detailed written report each evening at pick-up that outlines his/her day. First Steps follows an adult to child ratio of 1:10 in the Pre-Kindergarten Classroom at all times.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 6:30 - 8:30 a.m.         Greeting and Organized Free Play
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.         Group Time, Morning Message, Music and Movement, Calendar
  • 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.         Restroom, Wash Hands
  • 9:45 - 10:00 a.m.      Morning Snack
  • 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.    Special Rotation (Spanish, P.E., Music, Library, and Art)
  • 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Language and Literacy Activities
  • 11:30 - 12:00 p.m.    Outdoor Play or Gross Motor Activities Inside
  • 12:00 - 12:15 p.m.    Restroom, Wash Hands
  • 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.    Lunch (Monthly Menu)
  • 12:45 - 1:00 p.m.      Clean Up, Restroom and Story Time
  • 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.         Nap Time
  • 2:15 - 3:00 p.m.         Math Activities
  • 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.         Clean Up, Wash Hands, Afternoon Snack
  • 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.         Science Activities
  • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.         Outdoor Play or Gross Motor Activities Inside
  • 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.         Choice Time (blocks, dramatic play, art, etc.)
  • 5:00 - 5:15 p.m.         Clean Up
  • 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.         Closing Activities

Enrolling a Pre-K student at First Steps Childcare, read our student supply list for items you will need to supply.