Early Childhood Programs
Circle of Friends Preschool
In-Person & Hybrid Learning Models
Class schedules for these two models are identical due to the ability to expand our program throughout the entire Edgewood School building and operate classes at a reduced capacity. This allows us to offer in-person programming without making any schedule adjustments as K-12 moves between full in-person and hybrid learning models.
Preschool students will attend the class days for which they were confirmed, for almost every section. Depending on the decisions from our families regarding Distance Learning, we may make minimal tweaks to classes based upon enrollment numbers. This would help ensure appropriate group sizes in order to meet increased health and safety requirements.
In order to allow for the safest learning environment, there will be increased outdoor time for all classes.
Children ages 2 – 5 who can reliably wear a face covering or face shield in compliance with CDC guidance (How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings) may do so. This means they can wear it without frequently touching or removing it. Kindergarten-eligible preschool students may be required to wear a face covering.
Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
In-Person and Hybrid Learning Models
Class schedules will be identical for these models.
- There is a limit of one adult in attendance with their child/children (all adults in the building are required to wear face coverings).
- ECFE classes will be moved upstairs to larger classrooms to allow more space.
- Specific ECFE parking spaces will be added to the upper level bus loop for an easy and close point of entry and exit.
- To reduce group mixing, Sibling Care will not be available this year. There will be Mixed Age class options for families with siblings.
- Parent Education will occur in the classroom or via Google Meet at another time in the evening.
PLSAS may cycle through all three learning models during the school year. During Distance Learning, there will be a continuation of curriculum with an emphasis on language/ literacy, number sense, and social emotional learning. Connections with the classroom teacher will continue virtually and learning activities will be shared in a format that is as screen-free as possible.
In order to operate in a sustainable manner during Distance Learning, for both families and our program, we are developing a fee structure that takes into account the possibility we’ll need to have periods of Distance Learning. This fee structure will reduce tuition fees in accordance to the duration of time each distance learning period consecutively lasts.
For preschoolers who receive Early Childhood Special Education Services, the distance learning option is offered at no additional charge.
Preschool PLUS Care
It is very likely we will continue to operate Preschool PLUS care during a period of Distance Learning. If we are not able to offer care during periods of Distance Learning, Preschool PLUS Care students will only be charged half-day tuition rates, instead of PLUS Care rates.