Central Nursery School

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Preschool Programs Available

Tuesday/Thursday Program-  This program is designed for children that will be three years of age  by September 1st of the current academic year

half-day: 9:00 am- 11:30 am

full-day: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Monday/Wednesday/Friday Program*- This program is designed as a full-day program for children that will be four years of age by September 1st of the current academic year.

full-day: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

* This program is intended for a full-day program to help the young learner transition smoothly into kindergarten.  The program may also be offered as a half-day program for those that are interested. 

Additional days and schedules are available to meet the needs of families.

Please call (401) 596-4929 for our current tuition rates and policies.


When working with young learners it is essential to believe that playing and learning can, and do, happen simultaneously. A well balanced program is not focused on the quantity of letters and numbers that the child is learning.  Instead, the program seeks to engage each child by preparing quality lessons which stimulate different areas of development through hands-on learning activities that provide connections to the world in which he/she lives.

Areas of Focus:  Each of these areas is given attention throughout the day. Many of these areas are experienced in combination through careful lesson planning and hands-on activities.


Language: Immersing the child in a rich language environment promotes interest in written and oral communication. 

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • communicate prior knowledge on a topic 
  • use pictures as clues to predict text
  • respond to questions 
  • demonstrate comprehension
  • connect story to life experience
  • generate appropriate questions
  • rely on oral language for communication
  • encourage communication and validate expression of ideas
  • listen to and follow multi-step directions
  • communicate needs through verbal and non-verbal communication

Literacy: Through exposure to various types of literature and writing experiences the child becomes connected to the written word and realizes its importance in sharing ideas. 

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • begin development of understanding alphabetic principles
  • understand that writing carries a message
  • make reasonable attempts at creating letters, symbols, numbers to represent words
  • recognize letters and alphabet sounds
  • use writing tools and materials with confidence
  • begin to discriminate rhymes and syllables 
  • know the names of some letters
  • recognize letters in own name
  • demonstrate awareness of how books are organized
  • treat materials with respect

Mathematics: Incorporating math in the classroom develops critical thinking skills and helps the child make connections to the world around him or her.  

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • sort and classify objects based on single attribute
  • recognize, copy, extend and create patterns
  • count objects in a set
  • identify, sort and create basic shapes
  • use comparative language
  • make reasonable attempts at estimating
  • make comparisons from graphing information
  • sequence events

Social/Emotional: A well balanced program will promote responsibility and positive attitudes through a sense of belonging to a community.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • use pretend-play to explore a variety of different social situations
  • demonstrate a sense of pride in accomplishments throughout the day
  • recognize that not all people are the same
  • demonstrate understanding for the importance of rules in the classroom and community
  • follow classroom routines
  • understand and begin to accept consequences for behavior(s)
  • develop friendships
  • attempt peaceful conflict resolution
  • demonstrate empathy, caring, and compassion for peers
  • use materials safely and with respect
  • understand that one’s actions can impact others
  • begin to demonstrate the ability to take turns and wait in line

Science/Exploration: Science is an active process encouraging the student to engage in hands-on activity.  Science has many practical connections to experiences in the child’s world.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • identify and engage five senses to explore surroundings
  • observe common objects
  • recognize weather patterns and their implications on daily behaviors
  • describe similarities and differences between objects in nature
  • encourage free exploration of materials
  • learn to discuss discoveries made while exploring

Creative Arts (Music, Movement, and Visual Arts): Encouraging self-expression through creative arts allows and encourages the child to communicate in a way that reflects his or her own learning style.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • develop creative, open-ended art activities
  • foster creative thinking skills
  • explore a variety of materials and tools
  • gain fine motor skill confidence
  • appreciate individual art and the art of others as unique and special
  • use dramatic play as a means for self-expression
  • incorporate musical instruments to explore rhythm and beat
  • explore mood and sensory experiences through music
  • engage in spontaneous imaginative play

Physical Health/Safety: Gross motor activity increases the child’s confidence moving his or her body through space while improving strength, balance, coordination and body control skills. Overall healthful living and safety habits are encouraged.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  • use play as a means to develop healthy habits
  • participate in games that challenge various parts of the body
  • increase strength and stamina
  • develop balance and coordination
  • demonstrate ability to make healthy choices and use materials safely
  • improve hand-eye coordination skills
  • recognize that healthy choices positively impact growth and development
  • demonstrate body awareness and ability to exercise control over speed and direction
  • discriminate between senses (visual, auditory, olfactory, tactile)
  • respond to various sensory stimuli

Central Nursery School is committed to teaching children through truth, love and good example.  We believe that each child is precious and unique and deserves the guidance and direction to become an independent and caring individual.  When loving boundaries and proper role-modeling are given through the early years, self-discipline will naturally be the outcome.  Children need and desire help and guidance in discovering the world around them and discovering a sense of responsibility and inner discipline.  Along with the parent, our plan is to offer these children the tools needed for healthy, safe, and responsible behavior.