Preschool 1

Preschool I is a time of transition to a more structured environment as the children advance from the toddler stage. Our emphasis, however, remains on developmentally appropriate play-based early childhood education that is engaging, creative and inspires a love of learning.

There are 20 children in our Preschool I room. A child should be potty trained and about 2 1/2 years old when they start Preschool I. A minimum ratio of 1 staff member per 10 children is maintained at all times. We also have additional staff from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. daily to allow more individualized care for the children.

Our preschool programs are developed around a theme for each week. These themes include topics such as seasons, holidays, numbers, animals, health and safety, etc. Throughout each day of the week, activities will be planned using emotional, physical, social and cognitive skills. The use of a theme will aid the children in tying the activities of the week together.

Although we have preacademic activities throughout the day, academic achievement is not pushed in our classrooms. We want learning to occur naturally as the children explore and experience the environment around them. There will be many spontaneous learning situations that will arouse the children’s many interests. During the day, many skills that are prerequisites to academics are worked on including communication, attending, social, problem-solving, self-help and motor skills.

Download the Parent Handbook for additional detailed information about all the classrooms at Stepping Stones.


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Please feel free to contact us with questions about our programs or arrange a tour of the center. 785.843.5919
1100 Wakarusa Drive
Lawrence, Kansas 66049


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