At Stanley Preschool, we seek to provide an atmosphere that fosters positive self-esteem, a life-long enthusiasm for learning, and a respect for the cultures and values of others.
Our philosophy is based on a sound knowledge of child development. We utilize a play-based approach that is developmentally age appropriate, encouraging children to explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and playful ways. Our day is structured, yet flexible with a range of activities including: free play, math, science and reading activities, art, music, and outdoor play.
We embrace the inherent joy that is being a preschooler and having an entire world to discover and explore. We give our children special experiences throughout the year to learn via hands on discovery. Children watch chicks incubate and hatch in the spring, ride a pony and visit the outdoor education center at the Great Swamp.
We keep class size limited with a 5:1 ratio for the youngest children and a 9:1 ratio for the older children.
Each day children have opportunities to choose from a wide variety of developmentally appropriate materials and are encouraged to actively explore their world through play and experimentation. Beyond classroom activities, key components of our program include:
- Daily outside play (weather permitting)
- Music and movement activities
- Cooking experiences
- Field trips
Building a strong school community where the children, parents, and teachers have an opportunity to build bonds outside of the classroom is important to us. We do this through a variety of special events throughout the year. Some of these events include:
- Pizza Night
- Special Person Night
- Ice Cream Social
- Pony Day
- Art Show
- Moms Night Out
Marie Nealis, Director
Barbara Boos, Registrar/Office Manager
Board of Directors
Stanley Preschool is run by a Board of Directors composed of parents. The Board of Directors consists of the Director, the Office Manager, a paid Treasurer and parent volunteers. The Board is responsible for adhering to the mission of the school, overseeing long term development, maintaining fiscal responsibility, and seeing that the staff is fairly compensated.
Parent involvement is one of the key things that make our school such a special place. Parents—and grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and any others important to your child—are always welcome to visit the classroom. You can read a story, share a hobby or family tradition, lead a craft, bring in a special birthday snack, chaperone a field trip, or attend a class party.
There are also many ways to volunteer throughout the school year. Whether it’s being a classroom or snack parent, chairing one of our special events, or serving on the school’s Board of Directors, volunteer opportunities are a great way to get involved in our school community.
We understand that communication between school and home is vital. Parents receive weekly newsletters from teachers, as well as a monthly newsletter from the Board of Directors. Teachers are always accessible should parents need to reach them, and we have two formal parent / teacher conferences in the Fall and Spring.
Areas of Development
Stanley Preschool provides children with a warm, caring environment designed to nurture all five facets of development: