EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM

Building a Strong Base for Future Learning!

Students attending Aberg Center for Literacy classes may apply to enroll their children ages 3 months to 5 years old in our Early Childhood Program. Children are immersed in an English-only learning environment led by early childhood professionals. They receive top-notch care while learning the building blocks of English and developing their fine and gross motor skills. Children in the Early Childhood Program routinely show marked improvement in English vocabulary, develop a love of reading, and learn key socialization skills that will help them as they enter Kindergarten and beyond. 

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PROGRAM DETAILS
  • Monday through Thursday mornings, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Open to children of adult Aberg Center students aged 3 months to 5 years.
  • Children are enrolled in one of three classes: Butterflies, Bees, or Bears 
  • Each class is prepared by a certified early childhood educator and led by trained early childhood professionals.
PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Parent & Child Together (PACT) Time: Parents must participate in daily PACT Time from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. prior to their ESL or GED classes. During this time, parents will spend 30 minutes reading and interacting with their children in English.
  • Family Literacy Class: Parents of children in our Early Childhood Program must also take a 1 hour Family Literacy Class every week. During this class, students will discuss different parenting experiences, strategies, and resources.
HOW TO REGISTER
  • Step 1: While at registration, inform Aberg Center staff that you are interested in enrolling your child in the Early Childhood Program.
  • Step 2: Fill out application forms for each child you want to enroll.
  • Step 3: Interview with Family Literacy Manager Cheri Lowery about the Early Childhood and Family Literacy Program.  Space is limited, and for this reason, it is not possible for us to accept everyone who applies.  Cheri will give the results of each family's application.
  • Step 4: Bring a copy of your child's immunization record. 
  • Next Registration Period: August 21st - Sept 1, 2017
 
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”After my our first semester at Aberg Center I saw a big difference in my boys. I can see their passion for books growing. It is incredible how this time each day spent with them, while they are so young, can make such a big difference!”
ABERG CENTER STUDENT
PROGRESS TRACKING
  • Children's progress is evaluated three times a year
  • The progress of children ages 3 months to 5 years will be monitored using the Early Learning Accomplishment Profile (ELAP) and Learning Accomplishment Profile (LAP) in which six domains of development are assessed:  gross motor, fine motor, cognition, language, self-help and social-emotional.
  • If there are concerns about a child's progress, our Family Literacy Program Manager will refer the family to a specialist for further evaluation.

CLASS DETAILS

PACT TIME - Each day class begins at 8:30am with Parent and Child Together (PACT) time. For 30 minutes the parent and child read stories together and having important bonding time, free of the distractions of the home.
CIRCLE TIME - After PACT Time, children remain together for circle time. During circle time, children reinforce the concepts they are learning through singing and games, including a review of subjects such as the days of the week, months of the year and ABC’s. This time is also used to introduce new material.
CLASS TIME - Following Circle Time, each class has story time, learning through art and play time either in centers or outside. Snacks are provided daily for each child.
INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION - Our center is very fortunate to have several experienced and committed early childhood professionals who donate their time and expertise, giving individualized attention to each of the children.

CHILDREN'S CLASSES

Children in the Early Childhood Program are divided into three groups based on age.  

 

Butterflies

Learn how to...
  • Name items in a picture book
  • Respond to name when called
  • Follow simple instructions
  • Build tower of 4 or more blocks
  • Give objects to teacher
  • Use sounds or words to get attention
  • Participate in songs
  • Begin to sort shapes and colors
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    Bees

    Learn how to...
  • Construct sentences with 2-4 words
  • Complete sentences and rhymes from familiar books
  • Show more independence such as put items in cubby
  • Identify colors and shapes
  • Use appropriate manners
  • Wait patiently in line
  • Manage bathroom needs
  • Share with others
  • Follow the daily routine
  • Count from 1 to 20
  •  

    Bears

    Learn how to...
  • Identify the first sound of some words
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Recognize some environmental print
  • Talk in sentences of 5-6 words
  • Cut in a straight line
  • Hold a pencil correctly
  • Share with others
  • Count from 1 to 50
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