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How Children Learn

Just as children begin to talk, crawl and walk at different times they develop at their own pace academically.  
 
We believe that before learning can happen a child needs to be safe, healthy and happy.  This is why we serve only healthy snacks, hold gymnastics and yoga classes, spend time outdoors daily and have a licensed Kindermusik instructor on staff.

Welcome to Parma Preschool!

A Reggio- Inspired Part -Time Preschool

Imagine a School Where...

  • Children create the curriculum.
  • Teachers do not give answers, but help children find them.
  • Nature is valued.
  • Children are respected and seen as capable of learning on their own.
  • Families are valued.
  • Children learn through their learning style.
  • Teachers document children’s learning through play.

Programs Offered

We have 3 classrooms that offer a variety of classes.  Ideally, the children begin in one classroom with one set of teachers and one group of children and stay together throughout their years at Parma Preschool.  One class "loops" into the next. 

“Preschool”:  We define preschool as a morning class that is shorter than our afternoon pre-k sessions.  These classes move slower than the pre-k because they are traditionally filled with new students.  We concentrate on social skills, learning how to make choices, problem solve and make friends.

“Pre-Kindergarten”:  We define “pre-kindergarten” as our classes that move quicker and go more in-depth to project work.  These classes meet more days (4 or 5) and may meet a little longer than “preschool”.  Children in these classes will go to kindergarten next year.  Typically, these children have been in preschool for a year or two.  These children are independent problem solvers who are quickly moving past the “adjusting to school period” and jump quickly into long studies on topics and field trips.

 

Class Name

Classroom

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Class Details

*UPK stands for Universal Pre-Kindergarten.  Information on this program can be obtained from the office.

Grasshopper Class

Woods Room

 

 

 

9:00- 11:00

9:00- 11:00

Preschool  3 yr. olds

$155/ per month

UPK $103.85

Squirrel Class

Woods Room

9:00- 11:00

9:00- 11:00

9:00- 11:00

 

 

Mixed Aged Preschool  3,4, 5 yr. olds

$210/ per month

UPK $140.70

Blue Jay Class

Woods Room

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

Pre-Kindergarten

Must turn 5 by Aug. 1, 2016

State Funded- see income chart

Dragonfly Class

Garden Room

9:00- 11:00

9:00- 11:00

9:00- 11:00

9:00- 11:00

 

Pre-Kindergarten   

Must turn 5 by Aug. 1, 2016

$250/ per month

UPK $167.50

Cardinal Class

Garen Room

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

 

Pre-Kindergarten

Must turn 5 by Aug. 1, 2016

$250/ per month

UPK $167.50

Salamander Class

Pond Room

9:00- 11:30

9:00- 11:30

9:00- 11:30

9:00- 11:30

9:00- 11:30

Mixed Age Preschool

State Funded- see income chart

Blue Heron Class

Pond Room

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

12:30- 3:00

Pre-Kindergarten

Must turn 5 by Aug. 1, 2016

State Funded- see income chart

 

Tuition is calculated yearly and divided into monthly amounts for your convenience.  You may pay in one lump sum or in 2 parts. Tuition at our school is based on our quality rating from Step Up To Quality, our National Accreditation status and includes gymnastics and Kindermusik.

 

 

To view the income chart visit the "tuition" tab or Click Here!


What is Reggio?

Our philosophy is rooted in the many ideas and components of the Reggio Emilia Approach. 

 

"Founded by the visionary teacher and humanitarian, Loris Malaguzzi, the Reggio Emilia approach refers to the philosophy of early childhood education that originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy following the destruction of World War II. This unique approach to education begins with a particular and strong image of children, of adults, of education, and of life, and flows from a set of guiding principles. Reggio Emilia, is a town still thriving today, more than 50 years since the first gestures of rebuilding and advancing were made."

OUR GUIDING PRICIPLES ARE:

 

  • WE HOLD A STRONG AND OPTIMISITIC IMAGE OF THE CHILD WHO IS BORN WITH MANY RESOURCES AND EXTRAORDINARY POTENTIALS

 

  • THE 100 LANGUAGES ARE A METAPHOR FOR THE EXTRAORDINARY POTENTIALS OF CHILDREN

 

  • PARTICIPATION VALUES AND FOSTERS DIALOGUE AND THE SENSE OF BELONGING TO A COMMUNITY.

 

  • THE FLOW OF QUALITY INFORMATION VIA DOCUMENTATION INTRODUCES PARENTS TO A QUALITY OF KNOWING THAT TANGIBLY CHANGES EXPECTATIONS

 

  • RESEARCH REPRESENTS ONE OF THE ESSENTIAL DIMENSIONS OF LIFE OF CHILDREN AND ADULTS, A KNOWLEDGE-BUILDING TENSION THAT MUST BE RECOGNIZED AND VALUED

Borrowed from NAREA- The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.

 


 

 

 

  

Awards and Licensing

Our preschool has been involved in the Step Up To Quality program since it first began!  Since inception, our program has maintained the highest quality standards.  Currently, we have 5 STARS.

Read more about Step Up To Quality here.

 We are licensed through the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

We currently have contracts with Universal Pre-Kindergarten of Cuyahoga County and The Ohio Department of Education.  These offer families discounted preschool.  

 This year we will be going through our re-accreditation with The National Association for the Education of Young Children.  We have maintained accreditation status for the past 5 years.