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The Grand Island Public Schools Early Childhood Program is dedicated to providing three to five-year-old children with a foundation for school success! Our preschool program provides a nurturing and caring environment that develops each child’s potential for learning through a balanced approach, which includes age-appropriate, individually-appropriate, and culturally and linguistically-appropriate practices.

 

Location

We have four sites located throughout the district. Our newest location is the O'Connor Learning Center, located at 2208 N. Webb Road. We also serve students at Lincoln Elementary School, Starr Elementary School, and Howard Elementary School.

Our Curriculum

Our early childhood education program utilizes the Tools of the Mind resource.  Our goal is to focus on the whole child, including learning opportunities in mathematics, language and literacy, science, health and physical development, creative arts, executive functions, and social emotional development.  

The Grand Island Public Schools Preschool Program utilizes a play-based, active learning approach. Children have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.

Classrooms follow a predictable sequence of events known as the daily routine. The daily routine includes the following components:

  • Greeting time
  • Large group/small group time
  • Play planning and make believe play, work time, clean-up time
  • Breakfast (morning classes) and lunch (afternoon classes)
  • Indoor/outdoor gross motor time (Preschoolers will play outside as weather permits and if the "feels like" temperature is 20 degrees or above.)

The inclusion of preschoolers with differing abilities and from diverse cultures enhances learning opportunities for all children about caring, acceptance, and interdependence with others.

Hours

School Hours:  Classes are held Monday through Thursday. There is no class on Friday. Each session is 3 hours and 30 minutes long.

  • Morning Classes:      7:50-11:20 a.m.
  • Afternoon Classes:   12:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Full Day:  8:00am - 3:15pm (Howard site only)

Office Hours:  The main office is located at the O'Connor Learning Center (2208 N. Webb Road) and is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Arrival and Dismissal

All students will be dropped off and picked up at their classroom door. If you are late dropping off your child at the start of the session, please bring them into the main office to receive a tardy pass to take to his or her classroom teacher.

Dismissal for the morning class lasts from 11:20-11:30 a.m, and dismissal for the afternoon class lasts from 3:30-3:40 p.m.  If you are late picking up your child, please call the office and report to the office when you arrive.

Technology

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the school
  • School-home communication Apps including Class Tag, Remind and Class Dojo

Classrooms

  • The Early Childhood Education program consist of 15 classrooms 
  • We have two all day classrooms at Howard Elementary and the remaining classrooms are half day programs
  • Average Class Size: Approximately 15-18 students
Media Inquiries
Mitchell Roush , Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
Your Legacy.
Their Opportunity.

Enhancing opportunities by seeking and securing resources for projects, scholarships and programs.

Access digital copies of our district flyers.

Improving school-to-home communication by distribute school flyers directly to families digitally.


The Grand Island Public Schools Early Childhood Program is dedicated to providing three to five-year-old children with a foundation for school success! Our preschool program provides a nurturing and caring environment that develops each child’s potential for learning through a balanced approach, which includes age-appropriate, individually-appropriate, and culturally and linguistically-appropriate practices.

 

Location

We have four sites located throughout the district. Our newest location is the O'Connor Learning Center, located at 2208 N. Webb Road. We also serve students at Lincoln Elementary School, Starr Elementary School, and Howard Elementary School.

Our Curriculum

Our early childhood education program utilizes the Tools of the Mind resource.  Our goal is to focus on the whole child, including learning opportunities in mathematics, language and literacy, science, health and physical development, creative arts, executive functions, and social emotional development.  

The Grand Island Public Schools Preschool Program utilizes a play-based, active learning approach. Children have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.

Classrooms follow a predictable sequence of events known as the daily routine. The daily routine includes the following components:

  • Greeting time
  • Large group/small group time
  • Play planning and make believe play, work time, clean-up time
  • Breakfast (morning classes) and lunch (afternoon classes)
  • Indoor/outdoor gross motor time (Preschoolers will play outside as weather permits and if the "feels like" temperature is 20 degrees or above.)

The inclusion of preschoolers with differing abilities and from diverse cultures enhances learning opportunities for all children about caring, acceptance, and interdependence with others.

Hours

School Hours:  Classes are held Monday through Thursday. There is no class on Friday. Each session is 3 hours and 30 minutes long.

  • Morning Classes:      7:50-11:20 a.m.
  • Afternoon Classes:   12:00-3:30 p.m.
  • Full Day:  8:00am - 3:15pm (Howard site only)

Office Hours:  The main office is located at the O'Connor Learning Center (2208 N. Webb Road) and is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Arrival and Dismissal

All students will be dropped off and picked up at their classroom door. If you are late dropping off your child at the start of the session, please bring them into the main office to receive a tardy pass to take to his or her classroom teacher.

Dismissal for the morning class lasts from 11:20-11:30 a.m, and dismissal for the afternoon class lasts from 3:30-3:40 p.m.  If you are late picking up your child, please call the office and report to the office when you arrive.

Technology

  • Wireless Internet access throughout the school
  • School-home communication Apps including Class Tag, Remind and Class Dojo

Classrooms

  • The Early Childhood Education program consist of 15 classrooms 
  • We have two all day classrooms at Howard Elementary and the remaining classrooms are half day programs
  • Average Class Size: Approximately 15-18 students
Media Inquiries
Mitchell Roush , Marketing & Communications
308-385-5900 ex. 201127
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