Who – Kids Express preschool classrooms are run by highly qualified Masters level teachers who are experienced, professional, and dedicated to helping children reach their fullest potential in learning. Our teachers understand how to teach and motivate all children. Through encouragement and positive reinforcement Kids Express classroom teachers highlight the strengths of every child to help him or her feel confident as a learner before entering Kindergarten.
What – Kids Express provides an atmosphere rich in experiences, concepts, ideas and skills by providing opportunities each day to play and explore in a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and centers, including technology. The Kids Express educational program is a discovery based learning experience that gives children the opportunity to move through learning centers at his or her own level of interest and ability. Each learning center is specifically designed to coincide with various weekly and daily themes.
When – Our full day preschool classrooms are five hours long, typically from 8:00am-1:00pm or from 9:00am-2:00pm (hours vary by classroom). We also have half-day preschool classrooms that are two and a half hours long. Our morning classroom runs from 8:00-10:30am, and the afternoon classroom runs from 10:30am-1:00pm. Part-time options are based on availability. Before and After Care are also available at a low additional cost. Our facilities are open from 7:00am until 5:30pm.
Where – Kids Express preschool classrooms are conveniently located in Watervliet, at the Maplewood School (32 Cohoes Rd. Watervliet, NY 12189). Just 10 minutes north of Albany. The Maplewood School on the border of Watervliet and Cohoes is located within the boundaries of the North Colonie School District.
The Curriculum – Kids Express has carefully designed a preschool curriculum that is challenging (but not over challenging), motivating, developmentally appropriate, culturally and linguistically responsive, exceeding the NYS standards, and promotes positive outcomes for all children. Our curriculum is linked to the Common Core Learning Standards and addresses all content areas of the Early Learning Standards which include literacy, math, science, social studies, social development, the arts, and technology. We also provide quarterly updates on your child’s progress to keep you informed and to maintain open communication between classroom staff and families.