Early Childhood Center
Our program offers your child a nurturing and caring environment. We aim to inspire their natural curiosity and foster physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. Through play, children this age learn to express themselves in many ways. Play gives them opportunities to think critically, solve problems creatively, and to interact positively with others. We believe children in preschool should have a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities. The program's balance between teacher-structured and student-choice activities is comfortable and realistic for the young child.
Your Child Will:
- Develop a positive sense of self-worth
- Practice problem-solving skills
- Learn independence
- Grow in language skills, both listening and speaking
- Develop large and small motor coordination
- Pursue curiosities about the world
- Practice positive social skills
- Become aware of ones own rights as well as the rights of others
- Self expression
Early Childhood Standards
- Language and Literacy
- Fine Arts
- Physical Development, Health, and Safety
- Social Studies
What is a Laboratory Preschool?
The high school students enrolled in the Early Childhood courses at CDO are able to interact with the preschool students, with adult supervision. This includes writing lesson plans, playground time, and buddy activities. Not only does this round out the education of the high school students, but the preschoolers are able to see them as role models. High school students are held to a high standard of conduct in order to interact with the preschool students.
The preschool is staffed by Lead Teacher Miss Gabby, who is Arizona certified in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. She also has her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development. The preschool is also staffed with two assistants, Miss Carolyn and Miss Amanda, who also have a background in teaching Elementary Education. Miss Brande teaches the high school course, and is the director of the preschool program.
Requirements for admission
- 2-5 years old
- Completely potty trained
- Current immunizations
- Open to all families in the community.
The preschool is open on all Amphitheater teacher reporting days from 7am- 5pm; we follow the school calendar.