Program Goals

Objectives for Children

The following set of objectives guides us in best preparing our children for the future.  These goals reflect the basic philosophy of Kingston Co-Op Preschool.  Our program strives:

  • To value each child as a unique individual with a distinctive learning style and personality
  • To enhance the self-esteem, self-worth, and self-confidence of each child.  When our children feel good about themselves, they are ready to tackle future academic challenges.
  • To promote cognitive development through self-motivated and self-paced learning experiences that involve interaction with a rich and varied learning environment.  Excessive pressure to learn letters, numbers, or reading has not been shown to produce a long-term advantage for children and can cause unnecessary stress.
  • To encourage the development of divergent thinking skills.  The child puts art materials together in their own way, rather than in a way suggested by the participating adult or by a model made by an adult.
  • To promote communication skills through talking with many interesting adults and children, learning to negotiate a “turn” with a wanted toy, and fostering a love of books and stories.
  • To develop competence and independence, which includes the ability to carry out a task with a minimum of adult intervention. We encourage our children to do as much as possible themselves, keeping in mind reasonable developmental expectations.
  • To develop social skills by providing children with an abundance of opportunities for social interaction.  It is through interactions with others that children grow intellectually, socially and personally.
  • To become aware of and to develop a respect for people different from themselves.

Objectives for Parents

  • To develop realistic age level expectations from knowledge of typical childhood behavior and growth.
  • To clarify child rearing values and attitudes and to explore methods of positive child guidance.
  • To learn about the physical needs of family members, including nutrition, safety, first aid, childhood illnesses, exercise and stress management.
  • To experience and understand the role of parent involvement in maintaining quality learning environments for children.
  • To develop skills and practice in teaching young children in the following areas: art, science, concept development, language, music, motor skills, and cooperative play.
  • To share support, consultation, and resource information concerning child rearing and family life.
  • To develop skills in group organization and leadership.
  • To develop and/or increase confidence in managing the demanding role of parents in a changing society.
  • To strengthen family communication and positive family growth.