Our Pre K children (4 – 5 year olds) gain skills to guide them and prepare them towards their future academic success. Each learning area of our programs include Kindergarten preparedness, social fitness and mastery of gross motor skills.

Home Away From Home Science Centers are like no other.  Children engage in true science experiments and projects like our Baby Chick Project, where we bring in fertilized eggs and put them in incubators for 21 days until they hatch right before the children’s eyes.  We then keep the baby chicks for a week to show how they grow and develop.  The baby chicks are then returned to a local farm to thrive and roam freely.  Definitely an experience the children will never forget!

These children are reading and writing by the time they enter kindergarten. Each school day is balanced with opportunities for independent discovery, cooperative learning and generous outdoor playtime for the daily built up energy pre-kindergartner’s have. Please inquire about the free, state-funded VPK program.

 For information on how to register your child for VPK please visit the following link:



Morning Sessions 8:30am – 11:30am

Afternoon Sessions 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Curriculum: Creative Curriculum

The VPK Assessment includes progress monitoring measures in the areas of Print
Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Mathematics, and Oral Language/Vocabulary
that are aligned with the VPK Education Standards.

Print Knowledge Measure

Print Knowledge assesses the child’s ability to recognize letters or words, his/her knowledge of letter names (both upper and lower case) and the sounds they make. The Print Knowledge measure includes a total of 12 assessment items and two practice items.

Phonological Awareness Measure 

Phonological Awareness is the awareness and manipulation of the different sounds in a word. The Phonological Awareness measure assesses the child’s ability to:

Blend (put together) a word if it’s broken up into smaller sounds or syllables

Blend a compound word

Recognize the remaining word when part of the stimulus word is taken away.

The Phonological Awareness measure includes a total of 14 assessment items and two practice items.

Mathematics Measure

The Mathematics measure assesses early numeracy skills across three different areas: counting skills, numerical relations skills, and arithmetic reasoning skills. The Mathematics measure includes a total of 13 assessment items.

The Oral Language/Vocabulary measure:

Assesses a child’s expressive language and receptive language

Assesses the child’s knowledge of adjectives, verbs, verb tenses, prepositions, and nouns.

The Oral Language/Vocabulary measure includes a total of 22 assessment items in Assessment Period 1 and 23 assessment items in Assessment Periods 2 and 3.