"Preschool programs of educational excellence."
*GFPS used AARA funds (stimulus money),IDEA funds and a federal grant to open a public preschool. The goal of the preschool is to have every child begin kindergarten feeling confident alongside their peers, continue learning new skills, stay in school and graduate!
*Currently, GFPS Preschool serves low income 4-year old children living in the areas of Longfellow, Whittier, West, Roosevelt and Sunnyside, Mountain View and Valley View Elementary Schools. It also serves 3-5 year old children identified through Part B IDEA - children who are identified as having a disability and received Special Education Services.
*GFPS Preschool strives to provide the highest quality preschool education in a secure, nurturing and stimulating environment. Our preschool program is designed to meet the physical, social/emotional, and intellectual needs of preschool students and their families.
*Funding is provided by a Montana Preschool Development Grant, Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project, Title I and IDEA resources. The preschool uses research-based curriculum resources that includes Opening the World of Learning and Language For Learning.
*Parents and community partners are an important support to our preschool.
*Goals of the preschool include:
To develop age-appropriate social, physical, language, and literacy skills
To nurture home-school-community relationships and involvement
To provide a positive sense of self
To encourage thinking, reasoning and questioning skills
To demonstrate proper health, safety, and nutrition
To respect gender, age and cultural diversity
To promote growth of the whole child