Preschool Program

Program type Minimum age Maximum age State ratio EC3 Ratio Weekly Rate
Preschool 3 yr. 4 yr. 1:10 1:8 $243
Multi-age preschool 3 yr. 5 yr. 1:10 1:9 $243
Pre-Kindergarten 4 yr. 5 yr. 1:12 1:9 $243
Summer Camp 5 yr. 9 yr. 1:24 1:15 $210

A prominent philosophy in the preschool classrooms is play-based learning. The curriculum provides a range of developmental levels in language, social, cognitive, and motor skills that are administered through different, enjoyable activities. Preschool ages vary widely—EC3 offers a variety of classes for children who are anywhere from 3 to 6 years old.

Achieving Higher Levels of Independence

The teachers are continually developing the children's independence through encouraging the development of life skills and offering choices, which promote decision-making.

Developmental Skills

Preschool children will be encouraged to develop:

  • Language skills through guided and spontaneous interactions
  • Social skills, by participating in large and small group activities, and interactions with classmates and other children in the center
  • Fine and gross motor skills, through the use of small manipulative materials, large climbing equipment, and directed experiences in creative movement and motor skills
  • Independence in daily living skills, such as eating, dressing, and toileting
  • Concepts of quantity, causality, and spatial relations through directed exploration and experimentation
  • Writing and reading skills appropriate to developmental and interest level
  • Kindergarten readiness skills for all Pre-K children

Learning with Themes

Activities based on specific themes (intended to thread activities together, without dominating them) are planned to provide experiences for a range of developmental levels in each of the following areas: cognitive, language, small motor, large motor, sensory, perceptual, and social. Field trips are implemented in conjunction with a theme to offer hands-on learning and exposure.


Multi-age preschool


Summer Camp

EC3 has been the best decision we've made for our son. He absolutely loves it and we are thrilled with all he is receiving there. Even with the change of teachers in his classroom, there has still been some element of consistency which has comforted him and made the transitions as seamless as possible. For a kid who doesn't always like change, we were surprised at how easily and quickly he transitioned to attending EC3 and with the subsequent shifts in staffing. I feel that speaks to the quality of attention, care, and educational challenge he's experiencing. We couldn't be happier. Thank you. 

Parent feedback from Winter 2011 survey
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