CDSW's educational philosophy is anchored in developmentally appropriate learning practices. Emphasis is placed on age appropriate learning through open-ended, child-initiated activities & teacher directed activities. Theme based curriculum is designed to meet each child at his/her developmental level & foster growth across four primary areas: social emotional, cognitive, creative & physical. CDSW offers vast opportunities for mastering broad & specific learning goals at each age level. Each classroom incorporates materials that support learning in the following content areas: early literacy, math, science, creative arts & motor skills. Multicultural materials & activities are also integrated into each classroom. There are 132 enrolled with 24 teachers & staff supporting the CDSW students & families.

Twos

Meeting two mornings a week, the twos program offers a gentle entry into the preschool world. Classes are designed to facilitate social development in young learners by providing opportunities for group & individual activities across art, music, stories & play. Guided by the teachers, students develop language & self-management skills that are essential to overall development. 

  • Teacher to student ratio is 1:4

  • All children must turn two by 12/31

  • Two days a week; 9am – 12pm

  • Early drop-off available at 8am

  • Summer Fun preschool sessions available for six weeks

  • Healthy snacks include variety of fruits each week

  • Twos curriculum includes a variety of themes which incorporate literature & crafts for their fine motor skills, such themes include teddy bear picnic, go car go, friendship, nursery rhymes, a week with Dr. Seuss & fun on the farm

  • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled each spring to discuss student development

  • Currently enrolling 2019-2020 school year

  • Currently enrolling 2019 summer fun sessions, starting June 10

Threes

The Threes classes focus heavily on the social emotional development of each student. This program is designed to foster independence & age-appropriate social skills. The school day consists of child-directed play, circle time, snack time, outdoor play & lunch. Creative, as well as, cognitive activities aim to stimulate curiosity, exploration & learning in the classroom setting.

  • Teacher to student ratio is: 1:7

  • All children must turn three by 12/31

  • Three or four days a week; 9am – 12:30pm

  • Early drop-off available at 8am

  • Extended day available until 3pm

  • RabLab Science afternoon sessions available for 10 weeks

  • Summer Fun preschool sessions available for six weeks

  • Healthy snacks include variety of fruits each week, cubes of cheese, apple sauce, bananas, goldfish, mini rice cakes, pretzels, teddy grahams, wheat thins & veggie straws

  • Threes benefit from a variety of themes including winter wonderland, little picasso, five senses, shapes & sizes, colors, fall leaves, arctic blast, cooking & baking, weather & gardening

  • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled each spring & fall to discuss student development

  • Currently enrolling 2019-2020 school year

  • Currently enrolling 2019 summer fun sessions, starting June 10

Fours

A four day or five day program is offered for our four year old students. The Fours program builds on the educational experiences gained from the Threes program. Theme-based curriculum provides opportunities for students to explore, discover & learn at an individual pace. The Fours curriculum furthers kindergarten readiness by sharpening the focus on cognitive learning, particularly in the areas of pre-math & early literacy. Our classes take several field trips & have lunch at school each day.

  • Teacher to student ratio is 1:8

  • All children must turn four by 12/31

  • Four or five days a week; 9am – 1pm

  • Early drop-off available at 8am

  • Extended day available until 3pm

  • RabLab Science afternoon sessions available for 10 weeks

  • Summer Fun preschool sessions available for six weeks

  • Healthy snacks include variety of fruits each day, cubes of cheese, apple sauce, bananas, goldfish, mini rice cakes, pretzels, teddy grahams, wheat thins & veggie straws

  • Fours benefit from a variety of themes including ocean & seas, bread making, seasons, birds, recycling, hibernation, ice painting, pet week & healthy habits

  • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled each spring & fall to discuss student development

  • Currently enrolling 2019-2020 school year

  • Currently enrolling 2019 summer fun sessions, starting June 10

Pre-K

The Pre-K program is a developmental program for students who would benefit from more time before they enter kindergarten. This class meets five days per week as our longest school day that includes lunch every day. We explore themes such as Native Americans, the night sky, the human body & the earth. Children in the Pre-K follow a daily schedule to give them both group & individual learning opportunities for developmental growth. Students are encouraged to function independently & we fondly refer to this program as the "gift of a year." 

  • Teacher to student ratio is 1:8

  • All children must turn five by 12/31

  • Five days a week; 9am – 1:30pm

  • Early drop-off available at 8am

  • Extended day available until 3pm

  • RabLab Science afternoon sessions available for 10 weeks

  • Summer Fun preschool sessions available for six weeks

  • Healthy snacks include variety of fruits, cubes of cheese, apple sauce, bananas, goldfish, mini rice cakes, pretzels, teddy grahams, wheat thins & veggie straws

  • Pre-K students benefit from a variety of themes including space, jungle & rainforest, constructive play & building, healthy me, early settlers & Native Americans, castles, protecting our earth & famous artists

  • Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled each spring & fall to discuss student development

  • Currently enrolling 2019-2020 school year

  • Currently enrolling 2019 summer fun sessions, starting June 10