By: Jen Russon
The blue awnings and big trees shielding the preschool from South Florida heat on Coral Springs Drive may look familiar to some; for many years it was Discovery Preschool until August, when they acquired new owners and a new name.
Coral Springs Preschool, or CSP, is part of six other preschools in Broward County committed to providing a superior learning experience. Being part of six schools allows them greater access to innovative technology and the latest in curriculum.
“At Coral Springs Preschool, CSP, we believe every child can succeed,” said Kim Heise, regional director.
She added that teachers at CSP have a loving and attentive nature and the learning environment is safe and secure. CSP was intentionally built with one way in and one way out for maximum security. The building is also set up for a clean and optimal learning environment.
“Our infants are in their own section of the school, which has its own AC system apart from the main campus. It reduces the unnecessary risk of exposure to adult germs, and only parents with infants are allowed in this area,” said Heise, who conducts tours of CSP.
She wants families to know the wide-range of ages served at the school.
Admission is available from infants to age five. The center offers an after school program for children up to ten years old with pickup at the surrounding elementary schools. This program offers homework assistance and plenty of activities to keep kids engaged.
All children from infants to age four participate in age appropriate learning activities.
“We have several enrichment programs, starting with Spanish classes, comprehensive reading, and age-appropriate technology. We’re using cutting-edge smart boards and tablets – we have a dedicated computer lab that all the children use,” said Heise.
She added that the owner of the center is committed to early education and has redesigned their VPK program to be an hour longer than the state mandated program at no additional cost.
“We just knew from experience that the state’s program just isn’t enough. The extra hour allows teachers the proper amount of time to explore subjects and work closely with each child,” Heise stressed.
Heise said that starting in 2019, they will be offering an enhanced kindergarten program that will feature small class size – only twelve children per teacher. The kindergarten class will also have the latest curriculum and learning aids.
The software used for VPK students adheres to the Creative Curriculum for Preschool. It features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.
The teachers at CSP agree on the philosophy that no two students have exactly the same skills or learning style, which is why they created an individual learning plan for every child. But the most important thing the children will learn, if you ask their teachers, is a sense of who they are in the world.
All are welcome to come anytime during business hours for a tour. Parents may also inquire about CSP’s free swim survival lessons, starting Oct. 27.
Coral Springs Preschool is located at 4441 Coral Springs Drive. The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., or call 954-603-2821.
Jen Russon is a freelance writer and English Language Arts teacher. She has published two novels to Amazon Kindle and lives in Coral Springs with her family.