CABARRUS BILINGUAL PRESCHOOL
In April of 2015 after just 6 months in operation, Cabarrus Bilingual Preschool, a learning program for preschool children, was awarded a Five-Star Child Care License by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. This rating is the highest a childcare facility can receive in the state of NC, a distinction made all the more meaningful by the fact that the preschool has been open for only six months. It shows our parents how devoted we are in providing excellence in care, learning, health, and a safe environment on a daily basis. The distinction reflects Bilingual Preschool’ s commitment to quality, providing children support from a top-notch bilingual staff and exposing them to a wide variety of developmentally appropriate experiences.
A CREATIVE CURRICULUM The preschool utilizes a bilingual developmentally appropriate curriculum called Creative Curriculum, which has proved to be very beneficial in helping children cultivate skills both academically and inter-personally. Creative [Curriculum] gives us the tools to ensure development in all areas: cognitive, social-emotional, mathematics, physical, science and technology, social studies, arts, and language. The bilingual nature of the curriculum also assists the preschool in taking an innovative approach to stimulating skills in English and Spanish, as it allows the program to create an environment in which an emphasis is placed on both languages. Too many programs spend increased time ‘ teaching’ English, which reduces the time children spend on learning much-needed concepts and content. Part of the preschool’ s overall success has come from its commitment to providing support for both the home language and culture of its Hispanic children, in addition to exposure to English.
OUTDOOR LEARNING Recently, the program was awarded a new play area, which is being built by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’ s chapter of Freedom by Design, a member of The American Institute of Architecture Students. Phase I allows Families First to expand the preschool to an outdoor learning space complete with an amphitheater, numerous tunnels, inclines, an acrylic garden wall and centers for art, music, and math exploration. Phase II of the vision, and UNCC’ s master plan for this space, is a “racetrack” to be completed this time next year.
SUMMER LEARNING Bilingual Preschool is also excited about the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, which are a recent addition to the program, conducted in partnership with the Cabarrus Literacy Council, and continuing through the summer months. To enroll a child, get involved with Bilingual Preschool or assist with ESL classes, please contact Aurora at the center at (704) 786-5613.