Like several other educational programs and services in Clay County, the preschool located in the back of the Brazil Public Library South Branch is funded by the CAPE grant. Two classes are offered in affiliation with the LEAAP Center in Brazil.
The class for 3- and 4-year-olds meets Monday and Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m., while the prekindergarten students, ages 4 and 5, attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 2:30 p.m. Both groups are taught by Kim Edwards and Penni Campbell.
The preschoolers regularly spend time playing at learning centers set up in the classroom. Every station is set up so that the children can choose their own materials and put them away when they are done. Decision-making, independent thinking and even reading skills can be developed through that aspect alone.
A wide array of items are accessible in the learning centers, ranging from blocks to beans in a can to a computer. Through use of these particular items, a child can learn about shapes, different sounds, how to share and more.
During group time, the students participate in activities involving weather, calendars and various other topics. They also spend classtime outdoors when possible and sometimes go on field trips to places within walking distance of the school.
Art and music are also integral parts of the children's early development. Edwards and Campbell guide the prekindergarten class in pre-reading activities that are not part of the 3- to 4-year old class's curriculum.
Every aspect of the preschool, including the classroom layout, is based on extensive research about how people learn best during different stages of their lives. Young people are always learning, not just when they are at school, so the necessity of parent involvement throughout their child's education is highly emphasized, beginning at the preschool level.