The Albany-based company, All About Kids (in collaboration with Advanced Therapy), will begin offering pre-school services for children ages 3 and 4 as early as this September. The classroom will be located in the Sacandaga Elementary School at the end of the kindergarten wing.
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Anne Hofnagel, vice president at Advanced Therapy, said the program has received all final state approvals to operate (NYS Education Department and NYS Office of Children and Family Services). The full-day program will be 5 ½ hours in length, with the option of extended childcare.
The classroom staff will include a pre-school/daycare teacher, a special education teacher and teaching assistant(s). Additionally, this program will be composed of a total of 18 pre-school aged children, with up to 6 children who qualify for special services, such speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or special education. Children may come from throughout Schenectady County, but the expectation is that most would be from the Scotia-Glenville Central School District.
“All children attending any of our classrooms are exposed to a curriculum which include activities and play opportunities that support their cognitive, language, physical and social-emotional growth. The goal of our pre-school curriculum is to give every child a strong foundation for future school success,” said Hofnagel.
“To accomplish this goal, teachers plan and implement lessons that are a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated tasks. Teachers also complete intentional planning of tasks to focus instruction on the individual learning styles and needs of specific children. A typical day in one of our classrooms includes circle time, center time, story time, music and movement, gross motor play, and small group instruction. Our teachers and teacher assistants provide a structured and nurturing environment which encourages and celebrates every child’s development, achievements and successes.”
The cost for children attending the 5½ hour program* will be $550 per month per student. For families in need of extended day childcare the cost will be $700 per month per student. Children will need to bring a lunch from home or purchase their lunch from the district. Parents will be responsible for transporting their child to and from the program. Hours of the full day program will be 9:00-2:30, with the extended childcare program beginning at 7:30 and ending a 4:00. The program will follow the Scotia Glenville District calendar including the availability of a 6 week summer program.
*SCIS Program is provided at no cost to parents when their child is approved through their school district’s Committee on Preschool Special Education
If you’d like more information about this program, call Shannon Manning at (518) 608-6563 for details.
Transportation for students with IEPs will be provided as part of the IEP; non-IEP students would be dropped off by parents.
Scotia-Glenville already houses a Head Start program for pre-school children at Glen-Worden Elementary. That federal program is run through the Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) and has an income qualification.