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    An American School serving an international population of Global Citizens

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Early Childhood

The Early Childhood Program at CDS is for children ages two years, four months through six years. Our program encompasses three levels: The Pre-Kinder program for children ages two years and four months through four years and three months, followed by Kindergarten, and Preparatory.

About The Early Childhood Curriculum

Our curriculum is developmental and age-appropriate at each level. Language arts, reading readiness, mathematics, social studies and science are developed through thematic units of study included in all the academic areas. We consider that young children learn best in an environment rich in sensory experiences, and we emphasize our learning in small groups with materials designed to develop the full range of motor, social, emotional, and academic skills. 

Our Early Childhood curriculum is supplemented by special classes such as: 

  • Music
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Library
  • Yoga 
  • Swimming

All these educational activities stimulate creativity, self-expression, fine and gross motor skills, and social interaction.  Our rich student diversity helps the children become more aware of different cultures as they see themselves as members of a wider world community.

A Focus On Educating The Whole Child

In Early Childhood we understand that children learn through active involvement.  We are dedicated to providing a stimulating, hands-on learning environment that follows a developmentally appropriate curriculum with well-planned, engaging activities. These activities encourage children to socialize while developing their inherent natural abilities. The staff focuses on the whole child and his or her overall growth and development. 

Play Is A Child's Work

The Early Childhood years are when children develop self-esteem, gain acceptance from peers, and are allowed to learn new skills through play, discovery, experimentation, and exploration in a caring and loving environment.  We understand that children learn most efficiently and gain more knowledge through play-based activities such as dramatic play, art, hands on experiences, and social games.

The Learning Environment

Our environment is a safe, nurturing place where children are fully supervised and have all the essential materials to learn at hand. Our classrooms are appropriately equipped with low furniture, bathrooms, rich learning centers which include a plethora of manipulatives, a rug to meet on during circle time, cozy reading areas, and outdoor playgrounds.

Much attention is given to making materials accessible to the children as they learn how to use and care for them respectfully.