"Early childhood education programs of educational excellence."
*GFPS used AARA funds (stimulus money),IDEA funds and a federal grant to open a public early education program. The goal of our program is to have every child begin kindergarten feeling confident alongside their peers, continue learning new skills, stay in school and graduate!
*Currently, GFPS serves low income 4-year old children living in the areas of Longfellow, Whittier, West, Giant Springs 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 receiving Special Education Services.
GFPS strives to provide the highest quality early childhood education in a secure, nurturing and stimulating environment. Our program is designed to meet the physical, social/emotional, and intellectual needs of our students and their families.
*Funding is provided by Montana Comprehensive Literacy Project, Title I and IDEA resources. The program uses research-based curriculum resources that includes Opening the World of Learning and Language For Learning.
*Goals of the program 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