The Preschool @ IDS offers a Beginners (Age 3) and Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4) Program and is part of our Early Childhood Division. The theme-based curricula foster the social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive development of young children. Themes are integrated into various academic subjects including reading, math, social studies, science, design thinking, art, physical education and music. The children’s days are filled with joy and wonder as they take steps toward becoming active participants in their learning and in building community.
Our Preschool teachers are highly educated, experienced, and committed to the children and families they serve. IDS students benefit from our beautiful 33-acre campus as an extension of their classrooms. Our nature trails, pond, gardens, woods and open fields allow for countless opportunities in environmental exploration.
Some Preschool students continue on at IDS for their full elementary education while others attend their local public school or another private school. No matter where your child may be headed for elementary school, the Preschool @ IDS will build a solid foundation and nurture a joy and confidence in learning.
Beginners (Age 3)
Beginners is where our youngest students start to cultivate independence, confidence and cooperation. At IDS, we believe that our Preschool program is an extension of a child’s home. It's a safe, collaborative learning environment that excites the imagination, supports development and lays the groundwork for future success. Our interactive, theme-based curriculum taps into a child’s desire to explore the world around them. Beginners learn about their community and their school, of which they are an integral part. Foundational academic skills are taught alongside life skills such as cooperation, expression of feelings, caring for self and others, and learning how to be a positive member of the Preschool community.
Beginners offers a 3-morning and 5-morning program from 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon; an extended afternoon program is also available for those who seek a full-day Preschool experience. Extended care is also available providing a full day of care from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for working parents.
Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4)
The Pre-K classroom is a child’s 'playground' that builds self-confidence. The theme-oriented curriculum sparks the natural curiosity small children have about their world and their place in it. The Pre-K curriculum supports each student to grow into a kind, confident, inquisitive learner while heightening reading and math awareness and fine motor skills. Children are stimulated to ask questions and think deeply in a safe, nurturing environment where fearless learning abounds. Literacy, math, science, design thinking and social studies are woven into the Pre-K curriculum. Students also engage in music, art, Spanish and physical education on a regular basis.
Pre-K is a 5-morning program from 8:15 a.m. to 12 noon with an extended afternoon program available to those who seek a full-day Preschool experience for their child. Extended care is also available providing a full day of care from 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. for working parents.