|About NC Pre-K|
Guilford Child Development offers the NC Pre-K program, a state funded community based pre-kindergarten program for four year olds. The program provides children with access to a specific curriculum and preschool experience to prepare them for kindergarten and future success in school.
Children served by NC Pre-K attend a full school day, full school year program that meets high-quality state standards. Children participating in NC Pre-K may be served in classrooms in the public schools, licensed child care centers, or Head Start programs.
To learn more, click through the tabs above and visit our Head Start/Early Head Start home page.
The Creative Curriculum is a blueprint for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate program. The curriculum prepares your child for the transition to kindergarten and for future success in school.
Guilford Child Development’s NC Pre-K classrooms use the same state approved curriculum and assessment tools as Guilford County Public Schools and private preschool centers offering the NC Pre-K program.
The Preschool Creative Curriculum is organized into the following chapters:
|Classroom Daily Schedule|
All Guilford Child Development NC Pre-K classrooms provide a positive, safe, and appropriate learning environment so that your child will grow with confidence and be ready to succeed in school.
There is no single schedule that works for all of our preschool centers. However, the following guidelines are built into each schedule:
Arrival: Greet families and children individually. Help children store belongings, select a quiet activity, or serve themselves breakfast.
Group Meeting: Give a signal to gather the group and lead children in singing songs and finger plays and sharing news. Read a poem, talk about the day's activities, and talk about the choices for the morning.
Consider the needs of children who are not ready for large-group activities (e.g., hold two smaller groups, have on teacher sit close to children who need extra attention).
Choice time and small groups: Guide children in selecting interest areas. Observe and interact with individual children to extend play and learning. Lead a short, small-group activity that builds on children's skills and interests. Work with children engaged in study activities.
Clean-up: Help children put away materials in each interest area.
Group time: Invite children to share what they did, lead music and movement activity, read aloud (e.g., story, poem) record ideas, or write experience story.
Outdoor choice time: Supervise the playground toys and materials (swings, climbers, slides). Observe and interact with children as they jump rope, play ball games, blow bubbles, make nature discoveries, and so on.
Extend study work outdoors, if appropriate. Help children to put away for carry toys and materials, hang up jackets, use the toilet, and wash up.
Story time: Read and discuss a storybook. Use props to help children retell stories.
Lunch: Help children prepare the tables for lunch. Encourage conversations about the day's events, the meal itself, and topics of interest to children. Guide children in cleaning up after lunch, brushing teeth, setting out cots/mats, and preparing for rest.
Rest time: Help children relax so they can fall asleep. Supervise rest area, moving about so each teacher gets a break. Provide quiet activities for children who don't sleep. Adjust length of rest time to suit age of group and needs of individual children.
In collaboration with Guilford County Partnership for Children, Guilford Child Development offers full-day full-year services to qualifying families through the NC Pre-K Program.
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|Apply for Enrollment|
The FIRST STEP in the enrollment process is to complete our Head Start/Early Head Start application, which serves as the application for our NC Pre-K program.
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