The Glen Lake Preschool Program is a developmental program for three and four year olds where children with and without special needs have the opportunity to play and learn together. The program is located at Glen Lake School.
The Glen Lake Preschool learning environment enables children to acquire social, emotional, motor, speech/language and cognitive skills that are the foundations for all future learning. Such an environment is based on the following beliefs:
- Children grow and develop at different rates.
- Each child is unique and is appreciated and valued for his or her individuality.
- Children are naturally curious and eager to learn.
- Children work and learn through play.
- Children learn from each other, and social interaction is an important component in learning.
- A rich learning environment designed for exploration and discovery is essential in helping young children learn basic skills. Sensory experiences and concrete materials are vital in preschool programming. They are the learning tools of the young child.
Program activities, developed by teachers and therapists, are aligned with the SAU #19 Preschool Curriculum, utilize developmentally appropriate themes units and are tailored to the child’s current levels of development. The activity-based curriculum emphasizes each child's strengths while addressing his/her individual needs.
The Glen Lake Preschool Program encourages development of cognitive, speech and language, gross and fine motor, socialization, and play skills. The program provides multi-sensory learning experiences, which address the individual needs of all children enrolled in the program. Our daily schedule includes structured activities such as circle time, language group, motor group, stories and music. In addition, we offer interest and learning center activities, snack, and outdoor play. Whole school assemblies are an occasional part of our program. Additional enrichment is provided by visits from police officers, fire fighters, story time with public library staff and other community helpers.
The Preschool Program has a low student to staff ratio. Each classroom is led by a state certified Special Education Teacher. Additional staff include: a Speech/Language Pathologist, a Certified Occupational Therapist, a Special Educator specializing in the support of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Paraeducators support the teachers and therapists in meeting the needs of the children. Physical Therapy, Vision, Hearing and Consultative Services are available as needed.
Parents are very important members of their child’s preschool team. Communication with parents may include communication logs, email, phone calls, newsletters, progress reports, and parent conferences. Parents may volunteer to help in the classroom on special theme days, attend open houses, attend evening Family Nights and volunteer their time in the office preparing materials for the classrooms.
Parents are responsible for transporting typical preschool children. Transportation can be arranged through the Goffstown School District for children with special needs.
Acceptance And Enrollment
The Glen Lake Preschool Program admits children of any race, color, creed, ethnic or national origin. Children who meet the New Hampshire standards for special education are eligible to attend the program without charge. Children who attend as “role models” (children who are typically developing, without an Individual Education Plan or IEP) are accepted by March for the following September. The process for “role models” includes an application, on-site visit and staff observation of the child. If there are more applicants than allotted spots, a lottery system is utilized. Children currently attending the program who want to return for a second year will be given first refusal.
8:45 – 11:15 AM Monday through Thursday
12:30 – 3:00 PM Monday through Thursday (Days are determined individually for each child)
The Glen Lake Preschool Program follows the regular school calendar and guidelines except when otherwise specifically noted. For more information please refer to the Glen Lake School Parent/Student Handbook.