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Integrated Preschool Program

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Program Description

The Griswold Preschool is an accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  NAEYC is the nation's largest organization of early childhood professionals.  Accredited programs have demonstrated a commitment to providing a high quality program for young children and their families.  The Integrated Preschool Program is designed to provide quality preschool programming, as well as special education  services, to our three and four-year-old children in Griswold who are eligible.  The programs are designed as integrated special education programs.  The program strives to meet the individual needs of each child participating. The Integrated preschool program employs a team approach to education.  The Early Childhood Team meets weekly to coordinate the services and plan for the needs of the children in the program


Program Philosophy

We believe that children need to develop socially, emotionally, cognitively and physically to be successful learners.  The program is designed to develop students' competence in developmentally appropriate areas through play and active participation in a safe and orderly environment.  The language-based classroom promotes independence, self-esteem and the joy of learning life long skills.  Children learn in environments which encourage and support diversity by cooperating with others and being aware and respectful of differences.  Collaboration and communication with families enhance each child's growth and development.


Enrollment & Admission

In order to attend the Griswold Integrated Preschool Program children must be residents of the town of Griswold.  The Enrollment and Admissions policy requires children to be screened during the annual Preschool Screening day held each year in the spring and all application paperwork to be completed at that time.  Program design and planning for the next school year is dependent on this process and therefore, four year old children who attend this screening are assured a placement for the start of the upcoming school year.  Children and families that miss the screening day may be offered entrance into the program later in the school year at specific times; however, it is highly encouraged that all children in the community attend the spring screening.  Three year old children are offered placements based upon enrollment numbers and availability.  It is important that your child be toilet trained prior to entering preschool.  Every effort is made to create balanced classrooms and therefore, it will not be possible to make changes in your child's placement.


What is Children First Griswold?
In 2002, Griswold received a grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund called the Discovery Grant. The grant gave the town an opportunity to form a committee of people interested in early childhood issues in Griswold. Formerly know as Griswold Discovery, Children First Griswold focuses on the needs of all children in the community from birth through age eight.

What is Children First Griswold's mission?
To ensure that all young children and their families have access to quality opportunities and resources so they will have a successful educational experience. We connect people, resources, and ideas in order to educate the community to value programs and services for children birth to eight.

Why is early childhood important?
As every community knows, our children are our future. Children begin learning at birth, (and even before birth, as early prenatal care and a healthy prenatal environment contribute to children's positive development.) For children to be ready for school, they must have positive, nurturing, and high quality early experiences.

Please see Governor Rell's Seven Things Connecticut Needs To Know About Early Childhood.

Who is involved?
The entire community is invited and encouraged to become involved. Members include:
· Parents
· Community members
· Town leaders
· Public and private school personnel
· Healthcare professionals
· Early childhood teachers (preschools and childcare centers)
· Home childcare providers
· Town children's librarians
· Business community members

What does Children First Griswold do?
The committee meets monthly to discuss issues pertinent to young children and their families in Griswold. The committee draws on the experience and voices of all its members as well as the entire community to:
· identify the needs of the community,
· assess the resources already available, and
· develop a plan to increase the awareness of the needs of children and families and how to meet these needs.

We need more voices!
Although Children First Griswold is comprised of many different members in the community, more voices are needed. If you are concerned about the future of children in Griswold, we want to hear from you.

For more information, please contact:

Joy Smith at childrenfirstgriswold@yahoo.com
Children First Griswold
303 Slater Avenue
Griswold, Connecticut 06351

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Children First Griswold is made possible through the Discovery Grant from the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund.

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