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 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, learn to do daily tasks independently, and develop key social-emotional tools that will help them as they enter Kindergarten and beyond.
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Monday through Friday 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 & Child Together (PACT) Time: Parents must participate in PACT Time two hours each week, either from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. prior to their ESL or GED classes each morning or on Friday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. During this time, parents will focus on quality time with their children, interacting with them through reading, puzzles, games, and imaginary play.
Parent Time: Parents of children in our Early Childhood Program must also participate in a 1 hour Parent Time session each week. During this time, students will focus on enhancing their skills to effectively serve as their children’s first teacher to promote a healthy lifestyle, improve school readiness and achieve long-term educational success.
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.
Fall 2019 Registration Dates: August 7-9, 9:00-2:00 at Casa Linda Site (1800 Barnes Bridge Rd); August 12-14, 9:00-2:00 at St. Matthew’s Site (5100 Ross Ave)
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 seven domains of development are assessed: gross motor, fine motor, cognition, language, self-help, social-emotional, and pre-writing.
If there are concerns about a child's progress, our Family Literacy Program Manager will refer the family to a specialist for further evaluation.
Children in the Early Childhood Program are divided into three groups based on age.