Thank you for enrolling your child in Hamburg Central School District's Pre-Kindergarten Program. We welcome you and your child to our program. We are looking forward to working with you, as we provide a wonderful year for your preschooler. We will do our best to answer your questions, help you learn about our PreK program, and grow in your knowledge of children. When home and school work together, great gains are made!
EARLY CHILDHOOD PHILOSOPHY
The Hamburg Central School district believes that the child is the major focus of the early childhood school program. Each child brings unique experiences, expectations, emotions and attitudes, and abilities to the classroom. It is essential that the individual characteristics of each child be accepted, understood, and nurtured.
It is our belief that children actively construct their understandings of the world through continuous interaction with their environment. They are eager to discover ideas, to look for patterns and relationships, and to form generalizations. Through spontaneous activity, play, carefully prepared materials and guided experiences children gain confidence in their abilities. The teacher will work cooperatively to foster the development of the child while respecting the dignity, the rights, and the values of the home. We believe the early childhood environment should provide opportunities for experimentation, exploration, discovery, challenge and interaction. An appropriate atmosphere of understanding, concern and compassion should surround the young child in their first school experience.
We strongly believe that early school experiences contribute positively to the development of adults who will live life self-fulfulling lives and be effective members of our democratic society.