Welcome to Great Beginnings Preschool
Phone: 816.858.5420 Fax: 816.858.7109
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
8:45 to 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m
for Great Beginnings at District Education Center
7:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 11:40 to 2:40 p.m.
for Great Beginnings at Barry School
No classes on Wednesdays
Great Beginnings Preschool is a program serving students age three through pre-kindergarten, includes a tution based preschool, peer modeling and early childhood special education programs. Our programs are located on the ground level of the Platte County District Education Center and at Barry School. Preschool classes are taught by certified teachers with a maximum classroom enrollment of 15 students per session. Additionally, a qualified para-professional assists in each classroom for more individualized instruction for our Pre-K students.
The classroom design and daily schedules, while carefully planned to include math and language arts learning, play time, music, and a healthy snack, are flexible. Active, hands-on learning is key in the preschool classroom, with children's work prominently on display signaling to students that the room belongs to them. In addition to the learning classroom, a playroom has been constructed to develop both gross and fine motor skills that enhance the ability to learn. Great Beginnings uses a "Project Construct" curriculum that has been developed from research demonstrating that learners construct knowledge through interactions with their social and physical environments. A "Project Construct" classroom values and respects students as learners and persons and:
- Uses students' interests to motivate and engage them in learning,
- Encourages children to collaborate and work together,
- Allows children to take initiative, express opinions, and make choices,
- Views children's errors as learning opportunities,
- Assesses children's thinking, as well as their work, in order to teach more effectively.
As a distinguished school district, we are committed to exceeding expectations and providing quality educational opportunities to the children of our district. If you have any additional questions or need further information, please contact Great Beginnings Preschool at 816.858.5420.