3- and 4-year-olds

The 3’s and 4’s program is designed to encourage development of social and emotional skills such as making friends, playing cooperatively, and communicating with peers and adults.  Colors, shapes, numbers and letters are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Activity and art centers encourage imaginative play, exploration, creativity and development of fine motor skills.  Daily ‘jobs’ are rotated to help the children build self-esteem and develop a sense of responsibility and control in the classroom.


Classroom Details: 

  • Designed for 3- and 4-year-olds
  •  Teacher to Student Ratio: 1:8 (Max 16 children)
  • Must be 3-years-old by August 31st and potty-trained
  • Hours: 8:45am – 11:45am (part-time)


Class Options: 

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (part-time)
  • Extended Care available until 4:30pm ($10/hour)


(Free-choice Play)

Work Time (Free-choice Play) is integral to our program and encourages children to practice independence, decision-making, cooperation, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills with the guidance of skilled adults.   Children also develop a love of learning when they are given ample opportunities to engage in free play.   Children are intrinsically motivated to make sense of the world through play because it is meaningful.

Teachers engage children in conversations that promote higher order thinking during episodes of free-choice play, small groups, large groups, circle time, and outdoor play.  These conversations are critical to helping children learn to create innovative ideas and concepts that are necessary for success in school and beyond.

Emotions play a big role in a young child’s capacity to learn.  In the 3’s program, teachers help children develop emotional regulation, resiliency, self-control, and empathy; all of which help children develop social and emotional competence.

These skills are very important for predicting readiness for learning.  Teachers help children use their words instead of their hands.  They also help children develop methods for calming down, including taking deep breaths, counting to 10, or visiting quiet area in the classroom for a few minutes.



08:45AM — Drop Off/Morning Table Activities

09:00AM — Welcome Circle & Story Time

09:15AM — Outdoor Play

09:45AM — Snack Time

10:00AM — Small Group Time (Art, Math, or Science)

10:15AM — Large Group Time (Plan-Do-Review)

10:30AM — Work Time (Free Choice Play)

11:30AM — Closing Circle (Plan-Do-Review)

11:45AM — Dismissal

Calm Down Area

Safe Space

The Calm Down Area, also known as a SAFE SPACE, is a place in the classroom where the children can go when they are upset, want to be alone, or have a problem.   It is a space to deal with strong emotions, calm down, engage in emotional regulation, and feel safe and understood.  It is a place where children can go to safely experience emotional upset or distress.  It teaches children to safely deal with strong emotions through active calming – breathing, talking through it, soothing, etc.   The Calm Down Area helps children make good choices, empathize with others, and develop internal control.