The Chestnut Ridge School District is excited to have a PreK program. Our PreK classes are part of Former Governor Rendell’s early childhood initiative. Chestnut Ridge School District is one of the programs deemed worthy of Rendell’s 73 million dollar Pre K Counts program. The classrooms opened their doors in October 2007. District PreK classrooms are located at Central Elementary.
The Pre K Counts funding allows the district to provide a high quality preschool experience for thirty-four 4 year olds. Pre K Counts guidance allows students that do not live in the Chestnut Ridge School District to attend PreK in the district. Students enrolled in Pre K Counts meet income eligibility guidelines. Families whose income exceeds Pre K Counts guidelines may send their children to PreK at Chestnut Ridge by paying tuition.
The mission of the Chestnut Ridge PreK Program is to provide a safe, creative environment where each child’s incredible capacity to learn is nurtured through play, kindness, patience and courtesy.
Our goals are to have an active partnership between family and school to develop the social, intellectual, physical and emotional skills necessary for our children’s success.
The program will provide activities that foster meaningful interaction between teachers, parents, their children and others.
The program and the environment will be structured to develop individuality, creativity and thinking skills in each child based on the Early Learning Standards.
The program will provide the structure, environment and modeling necessary for preschool children to acquire age appropriate social skills.
The program will develop in each child the skills that encourage good health habits, personal responsibility and safety awareness.
The program will develop in each child the skills that encourage independence, self worth, confidence, and self control.
The program recognizes the rapidly changing digital age in which we live. Technology can be a positive and powerful tool in which children can use to gain information. Children will be provided the opportunity to develop technology handling skills to increase their early digital literacy. Technology is viewed as a method to support the growth of a child’s social, academic, motor, and language skills, without replacing interactions with peers and teachers. The program views technology as a collaborative process between the teacher, family, and child.