Young Horizons

Preschool Program (3-5 years)

We serve 340 preschoolers at our five centers. This year, 196 preschoolers graduated to Kindergarten, ready for school and life.

  • Home-away-from-home environment
  • Children learn, grow and thrive.
  • Children develop and grow physically, cognitively, socially, creatively and emotionally.
  • Age appropriate activities

Our education program is based on the Learning and Development Foundations, the Curriculum Framework and the Desired Results Assessment System. Our curriculum recognizes that children develop and grow individually in the following areas:

Physical: (for healthy development children need healthy bodies) Nutrition, exercise, rest, and attention to health and safety are all incorporated into our curriculum.

Cognitive: (thinking, problem solving, laying the groundwork for later academic success) Young children process the world differently than adults. Exposure to language and the printed word, mathematical problem solving, development of the skills that precede the more concrete learning of elementary school are carefully planned and always available to children.

Social: (family, friends, relationships) Children grow up as members of families, cultures, and societies. Problem solving skills and opportunities to practice social skills are integrated throughout the day. We use an anti-bias approach that empowers children to respect themselves and others.

Creative: (art, music, movement, building, storytelling, etc.) Young children express themselves in many ways. We provide opportunities and materials with which to create. Our focus is on the process and joy of creation rather than the product.

Emotional: At the heart of the curriculum is the child’s unique personality and sense of self. Children need to feel respected, competent, valued and worthwhile. They look to the adults in their world to mirror this for them. We work together with the parent to make every child know they are important human beings.

“Young Horizons’ graduates are consistently socially and academically ready for kindergarten.”

-Teachers at Lafayette Elementary School