The Best Preschool Program in West Hartford!
Our Children’s Center (OCC) Preschool Program offers children, a creative, structured and loving place to gain more self-esteem as they feel ready to take on the world! Children have access to various areas of learning with loving guidance from experienced teachers. Our children participate in independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning. When you tour the OCC, pay attention to the the building blocks, art materials, play props, books and table toys such as matching games, pegboards, and puzzles. Our preschool program offers a curriculum that helps children become future learners, increase language skills, promote critical thinking, enhance creativity, and develop problem solving skills. Our preschoolers develop early literacy, mathematics, science, and social skills.
Visit us to see the Big Room
With our outdoor playgrounds and HUGE indoor ‘Big Room,’ we can ensure that our preschoolers get a healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing! The Big Room is a unique room that you won’t find in other local daycares! Visit OCC for a tour to see the Big Room.
Preschool Program Features
- Hands-on experiences chosen to boost math and science skills
- Daily small and large-group activities
- Themed units that encourage your child’s curiosity, increase confidence, and support self-directed activities
- Portfolios that document growth and development through your preschooler’s work
- Observation-based assessments that track your child’s progress toward developmental milestones and kindergarten readiness
- Regular teacher-family communication, including daily updates to keep you informed
5 Areas of Focus in Our Preschool Program
Our five areas of focus give your child endless opportunities to learn and grow:
1. Communicating With Others
OCC guides your pre-school child in developing communication skills. We use word cards and photos to present new words; introduce high-quality children’s literature to promote a love of reading; encourage your pre-school child to practice writing letters and words; help your child recognize and read his or her own name; and use read-aloud times to practice reading.
2. Building Brain Power
OCC helps your child gain higher-level thinking skills. We encourage the exploration of the physical properties of materials; use daily calendar activities to teach about sequence of events, patterns, and routines; and support the learning of cognitive skills such as counting, estimating, making predictions, testing, and drawing conclusions.
3. Making New Friends
OCC coaches your pre-school child in developing strong relationships.
We establish classroom-helper roles to practice carrying out classroom responsibilities; model social concepts such as “please” and “thank you;” have daily classroom conversations and community-building discussions; and encourage cooperation and sharing with other children.
4. Growing a Healthy Body
OCC helps your preschooler refine motor skills. We use lacing cards, stencils, and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills; strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping, and throwing activities; improve balancing skills using hula hoops and balance beams; and offer healthy food choices for snacks and meals.
5. Nurturing Creativity
OCC inspires your child to explore creative ideas and talents. We tell stories with puppets; nurture the development of multiple thinking strategies and the application of knowledge in new ways; and support creative expression through dramatic play, music, and art experiences.