It is our belief that the teacher and the parents are responsible for the total education program of East Columbia Preschool. The ideals of their cooperative preschool education will be accomplished through a three-way sharing unit of the teacher, the parent, and the child.
The school’s program is based upon a desire to promote individual acceptance of each child by helping to develop the child’s capacities at his/her own rate of progress.
In a loving and supportive atmosphere, the school will provide a balanced program consisting of a variety of activities, which will promote a feeling of self-worth, responsibility, and independence.
The preschool also promotes parent education by having parents assist in the classroom and meet regularly for the exchange of ideas. In a child-sized world where acceptable behavior is fostered, a flexible program of structure and free time will be provided in the areas of basic emotional needs, social development, and intellectual growth. Because East Columbia Preschool is a co-op, you will participate, under the guidance of the teacher, in helping your child adjust to his/her first major step away from home.
Classes run from September to May and follow the same holiday calendar as Howard County Public Schools. There are two parent-teacher conferences a year. Children must be toilet trained prior to the first day of school. Disposable training underwear (e.g. Pull-Ups), plastic pants, and other leakage barriers are not permitted.
East Columbia Preschool admits children without regard to race, color, creed, sex or national origin.
Why choose East Columbia Preschool?
- You get to be more involved in your child’s preschool.
- Miss Carol and Miss Kelly have a combined total of over 30 years of teaching at ECP.
- Our state-approved curriculum prepares children for kindergarten.
- You get to know other parents and families.
- Tuition costs are lower than non-cooperative schools.
- ECP has morning or afternoon classes and both in- and out-of-class field trips.
- We foster a caring and supportive community environment.