The Early Childhood Special Education program at Park Ridge Elementary provides developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children with developmental delays and/or other disabilities as well as typically developing preschoolers. The program is an inclusive model with an equal number of children both with and without disabilities.
The preschool program is based upon a child development curriculum. The guiding principles for such an approach are:
- Children learn best through their active involvement with people, material, events and ideas.
- Consistent adult support and respect for children's choices, thoughts and actions strengthen a child's self-esteem, feelings of responsibility, self-control and knowledge.
- Children learn best when immersed in a positive, consistent and predictable routine.
- Children greatly benefit from a language-rich environment.
The preschool program follows the elementary school schedule. When there are changes to the school hours for elementary students, the preschool times will be adjusted as follows:
*** 2 1/2 HOUR EARLY RELEASE (1:10 on the school calendar)
AM Class - Hours remain the same
PM Class is cancelled
*** 2 HOUR DELAYED OPENING (Bus runs 2 hours later than normal)
AM Class is cancelled
PM Class - Hours remain the same