Full Day/Full Week Program Available to Help Young Minds Grow

Program Uses Science Center Exhibits to Enhance Curriculum

Orlando, FL - (March 26, 2010) - Capitalizing on years of experience educating and engaging Central Florida’s children through their many educational programs, the Orlando Science Center has launched a full time preschool to provide young children a safe, hands-on play-based learning environment.

“The Orlando Science Center has been in the business of inspiring curiosity for almost 60 years,” said JoAnn Newman, president and CEO of the Orlando Science Center. “Now, we are thrilled to be able to offer our services to parents and their children on a full-time basis during their preschool years.”

The preschool program has been certified by the Florida Department of Children and Families and is being overseen by Susan Bertone, an early childhood educator with more than 20 years experience in the classroom. She holds a Florida Department of Children and Family Staff Credential in Childcare with Voluntary PreKindergarten Standards. Bertone also holds an active Florida DCF Director’s Credential with a VPK endorsement.

Christie Abbott, who earned her Early Childhood Education degree from the University of North Florida and holds a Florida Teaching Certificate, is the preschool’s lead teacher. She also holds a Staff Credential in Childcare from the Florida Department of Children and Families with Voluntary PreKindergarten Standards. Both educators offer attending preschoolers years of experience, consistency, and a caring environment.

With a curriculum based on the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Florida Department of Education, the preschool provides a setting that identifies and meets individual learning styles while stimulating progression at a child’s own pace. Literacy, music, art, motor development, math and science is a regular part of the preschooler’s daily experience.

This program also has the unique opportunity to capitalize on the resources available through the exhibits just outside its classroom. Each day is filled with exploring the world through a child’s five senses, incorporating weekly themes and the Science Center’s exhibits into the curriculum. Children are actively engaged in stimulating and enriching learning and play-based activities.

“School readiness is an important issue to the Orlando Science Center and to me personally, both as the organization’s president and as a mom to two children of my own,” Newman said. “Through engaging activities and individual attention, children will gain the skills they need to enter school confident, happy and ready for what lies ahead.”

The Orlando Science Center preschool currently has six students, ages three to five years, and has capacity for a class of 18. It is now enrolling new students. The preschool’s hours are designed to accommodate parents' busy work schedules with early drop off available at 7:30 a.m. and late pick ending at 6 p.m. Classes are for ages three to five with age/developmental appropriate practices and activities.

Rates start at $185/week with a non-refundable annual registration fee of $50. There are discounts available for Science Center members. Tours of the classrooms are available and can be scheduled by calling 407.514.2112. For more information, call 407.514.2166.

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