Four-Year- Old/Free Pre-K for All Program

Richmond Hill Children’s Center is an approved Department of Education Free Full Day Pre-K for All provider. The program is free for all children born in 2016.

Richmond Hill Children’s Center has been an NYC Department of Education (DOE) approved Free Pre-K for All provider since 2008. Our curriculum is designed to align with the NYC and NYS Standards. The curriculum focuses on the domains of learning, including: approaches to learning; physical development and health; social and emotional development; communication, language, and literacy; and cognition and knowledge of the world. In addition, our program uses the Early Framework for Quality (EFQ), as the foundation to guide our classroom practices with the intention of promoting positive outcomes for our students and their families.

Teachers promote development by taking into account that each child is unique and may develop at different rates. Our goal is to produce a well-rounded child, stressing independence, individuality, and high self-esteem. Units of study are devised to ensure that each child's readiness tools are stimulated and they are exposed to the skills necessary to succeed academically.

Preschoolers are active learners who learn by exploring and experimenting with their environment. Learning takes place as children explore their environment through their senses, discovery, and curiosity. Classrooms are child-friendly and include a combination of class lessons, large and small group activities, and free play activities.

Children are constantly searching for cause and effect relationships and need to touch and manipulate things on their own before they can develop more abstract concepts. Therefore, classrooms are divided into “interest centers”, with everything clearly labeled. These centers are designed to foster physical development, improve coordination, allow for social
interaction, stimulate the thought process, provide opportunities for choices, enhance reasoning skills, and promote cognitive development. Each center provides the children with a wide range of opportunities and materials to arouse their interest, pique their curiosity, test their skills, and promote individuality and independence.