At the DCS Preschool Program, we focus on working together with students and their families to meet children where they are developmentally and move them forward. Our learning environment enables children to acquire social, emotional, motor, language, and cognitive skills that are the foundation for success in kindergarten and beyond.
Our Approach to Learning
The DCS Preschool Program is an activity-based program, geared toward meeting children at their current developmental levels and encouraging progress and success. Classroom activities are designed by teachers and therapists to focus on children’s needs in a variety of skill areas such as math, literacy, social, language, gross and fine motor, self care, and play skills.
We follow the Teaching Strategies GOLD Curriculum (TSG), which looks at the whole child, and the development of social, math, literacy, language, physical, and cognitive skills.
On a day-to-day basis, our classroom schedule includes whole group activities such as circle time, read alouds, and outdoor play, as well as small group activities that focus math, literacy, fine motor, and social skills. Our daily routine also includes snack time, free-play opportunities, music, and movement.
Our preschool program groups student by age. The program for 3- and 4-year-olds takes place two days a week and the program for 4 and 5-year-olds is three days a week. Each class is available in either morning or afternoon sessions.
3 and 4 year olds: Tuesday, Thursday (morning or afternoon)
4 and 5 year olds: Monday, Wednesday, Friday (morning or afternoon)
The DCS Preschool follows the DCS School Calendar, with the exception of our start and end dates, which typically are 1 to 2 days after the DCS start date and 1 to 2 days before the DCS end date.
In order to attend the DCS Preschool Program, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Be a Deerfield, New Hampshire, resident
To be eligible for the 3- and 4-year-old preschool class on Tuesday/Thursdays, children must be 3 by September 30 of the current school year.
To be eligible for the 4- and 5-year-old pre-kindergarten class on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays, children must be 4 by September 30 of the current school year.
Space is limited for each age group, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee a space automatically if you are a resident. We have sign-ups each year in March on a date that is announced in the weeks before it occurs.
We invite you to learn more about our preschool program and join our happy community of learners! For questions about registration, please contact Amy Crawn at [email protected].