The purpose of the Preschool is to provide a high quality, early childhood education program to children 2.9 years to five years old. First started in 1970, the Preschool program and is based on developmentally appropriate practices influenced by the Reggio curriculum philosophy. It maintains high standards including low teacher/ child ratios (1:6), small group size (15 children) and high educational and training requirements for staff. Parents are encouraged to become actively involved in the Preschool.
The Preschool also serves as a laboratory school by providing Salem State students and faculty opportunities for observations, projects and research. The program also offers part time employment opportunities as Teacher Assistants for Salem State students. The Preschool is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Reggio Approach
The Image of the Child
Desire to Grow
Ability to be Amazed
Desire to Relate to Others and to Communicate
The Preschool operates Monday through Friday following the Salem State academic calendar. Core academic program hours are 8 am- 4 pm. Early drop off at 7:30 am and late pick up at 5:30 pm are determined after each registration period and is subject to change.