Junior Preschool


The Creative Curriculum is our framework for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program. This play-based curriculum supports children as they acquire social skills and the skills needed to succeed as learners.

Step Ahead’s Junior Preschool Program offers an opportunity for your child to engage in play through flexible, structured activities. Play is the center of learning in our program. We support your child’s development by providing a wide variety of exciting materials to explore. This is a time for your child to make new friends and learn by doing, observing and experimenting.

A designated time is set aside during the year for a parent/teacher conference. This will encourage further communication about your child’s progress. Teachers will share a portfolio at conference time; parents will receive the completed portfolio at the end of the year. Portfolio assessment is a tool to demonstrate your child’s progress throughout the year. The portfolio documents your child’s learning and growth using photographs, teacher observations, sample work, and special activities.



Our curriculum includes the following daily elements:

Outdoor Time
Our playground provides swings, slides, ladders, climbing structures, and sand. Outdoor time allows children to use the large muscles in their bodies. It also provides opportunities to observe changes in the natural world, including watching clouds, birds, insects and plants through the seasons.

Meeting Time
Gathering together, we learn new songs, share a book, or participate in a hands-on story stretcher.

Learning Centers
Children are encouraged to explore the learning centers in both classrooms: Blocks; Transportation; Dramatic Play; Art, Library; Discovery; Sand and Water; and Toys and Games. These activities are available on a daily basis; the props and materials are regularly refreshed to support the program goals and to stimulate continued interest.

Snack and Diapering
A nutritious snack is served at tables in the classroom. If necessary, diapering and toileting are completed at this time.

Small Group Activity
Breaking into smaller groups allows the children to explore concepts on a deeper level. This is an opportunity for children to engage in indoor gross motor activities and focus on a variety of fine motor skills.

Goodbye and Dismissal
We reflect on our day, sing our goodbye song, and look forward to meeting again. While children wait for teachers to dismiss them to their parent(s), children can enjoy quiet reading time.