Landry Early Childhood Center

Aquarius Pre-Kindergarten Program

Program Overview 
The LECC’s Pre-Kindergarten Program tends to the care and development of children four-to-five years old. Two-, three-, and five-day schedules are offered to accommodate parents’ schedules. Childcare is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Pre-Kindergarten classroom provides children with a safe, nurturing, child-centered space; children also enjoy playtime and exploration in the Rotunda, the heart of the Center, and a large outdoor playground and nature area, the Enchanted Forest. Along with the physical benefits of outdoor play, the children have the opportunity to engage in social interactions with peers.

Children enjoy many hands-on and engaging classroom activities. Technology is used to augment the curriculum with music, live feeds, instructional videos and computer applications. Enrichment programs focus on storytelling, music, movement, including simple yoga, and drama. Each day a theme-based book and song are introduced to the children, making important connections between literature, life, and learning. Special large group learning experiences, such as experiments, charts, and group stories are also part of Pre-Kindergarten activities.

LECC_Pre-KindergartenCurriculum & Accreditation
The Landry Early Childhood Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum respects individual learning styles and promotes growth in all areas of development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.

Meeting these standards provides a curriculum of carefully balanced, developmentally appropriate practices for strong skills building. Skills development focuses on early math and science skills: patterns, number concepts, sorting and classifying objects based on certain characteristics, measuring, observation and problem-solving, theorizing, predicting, and understanding cause-and-effect relationships. Language arts encourage children to communicate ideas and to enrich language development and communication. Organized learning centers in the Pre-Kindergarten room expand and develop children’s motor skills, cognition, social interaction, language, and problem-solving skills.

Resources

In addition to specially designed, age-appropriate classrooms, the Center offers: 

The Rotunda, a large multipurpose room, provides space for community-based activity and learning.

The teacher-designed George Reynik Memorial Playground engages children in outdoor play and the development of motor skills.

The Enchanted Forest functions as an outdoor classroom. Adjacent to the playground, this space includes climbing walls and logs; bird houses and feeders; musical boards; and vegetable and butterfly gardens.

music enrichment program introduces students to musical instruments, music genres from multiple cultures, and movement and dance.

Observation rooms are available with one-way mirrors for unobtrusive observation by parents, students, therapists, and staff members as part of Rivier University's learning environment. 

A full-time, on-site registered nurse provides health assessment and care for children. Our nurse consults with families and also develops health and safety programs for the children.

Family Communication
Pre-Kindergarten teachers and staff keep in contact with families through Daily Connect, family bulletin boards, and a monthly newsletter. Daily Connect is an application that enables two-way communication between parents and LECC staff throughout the day via computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Each classroom features a family bulletin board with information on classroom and Center events, and a monthly newsletter describing each month’s learning goals, activities, and a list of books and songs that will be introduced to the children. Additionally, the Center Director regularly sends information and updates to parents via email.

Teaching Team and Student Interns
Lead/Mentor Teacher

Janet Auger
M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education, Certified as a Parent Educator

Mrs. Auger has been teaching at the LECC since 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Michael's College in Vermont and her master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Rivier, as well as a Parenting Educator Certificate.
  

Associate Teacher
Ethel Palumbo
Miss Palumbo celebrated her 20th anniversary here at Rivier University LECC in April 2013. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education/General Special Education/Human Development.

Rivier University Education Students
Under the supervision of Lead and Associate teachers, students from the Rivier University Education Department observe and work with LECC children as part of their coursework. During the semester, students may have opportunities to develop and implement activities and participate in scheduled Center activities.

Register Today: 
For enrollment and registration information, please contact us. To speak with Center Director Nancy Pynchon, call (603) 897-8240 or email npynchon@rivier.edu

 

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