The PMFS Pre-K program welcomes children into classrooms designed to spark creativity, imagination, and the joy of investigation. Through both free and intentional play experiences, Pre-K students at PMFS are hard at work doing what comes naturally: following their curiosity, examining everything they come in contact with, and processing the world around them. We live in a world rich with sights, sounds, textures, smells, and tastes. Our program supports children in noticing all these elements, and dedicated teachers work with them as they grow in understanding what to do with this information.

Our youngest students make great strides in cognitive, social-emotional, and physical development through collaborative and independent activities. Students rejoice in developing self-help skills, feeling a sense of accomplishment as they learn to take care of themselves while also becoming stewards of their community both their friends and school spaces. Observation and guided explorations of the indoor and outdoor spaces are the foundations of mathematics, writing, language and literacy development. PMFS Pre-K students are taught with Dr. Arnold Gesell’s understanding that “the mind of [humans] is hand-made” through inquiry and hands-on experience, vital connections are built that lead to understanding and resourcefulness.

“In a preschool program, we wanted a program that was play-based, emphasized nature play, and that was child-led without lacking structure. Plymouth was the clear winner… We have seen such a shift in our daughter’s confidence this year! What I am so happy about is that her confidence has not grown at the expense of her sense of compassion or care for others; rather, they have grown together. The Quaker testimonies are woven throughout life at Plymouth and it is a powerful influence in how our children interact with the world.” Erin, PMFS parent

The benefits of a Pre-K program being situated in an elementary school are many. The PMFS Pre-K program is nestled into the lower campus alongside Kindergarten and has a dedicated play space and garden where students can experience their school world in an intimate and familiar setting. Both years of the Pre-K program at PMFS allow students to have collaborative mixed age experiences as well as developmentally appropriate classroom time. In addition, our youngest students see themselves as part of the continuum of students, participating in many events alongside their older peers; they form cross-grade relationships with upper grade students through music and literature activities as well as shared outdoor playtime. Students have daily enrichment classes to enhance their experience, including Gym, Spanish, Science, Music, and Library taught by specialist teachers.

Fast Facts:
Pre-K at PMFS

Enrollment Requirements

  • A child must be three years old by September 15 of the year they enter the program.
  • All children must be toilet-trained. This is a developmental milestone that is an important sign of school readiness.

Classroom Structure

  • We have 1 to 2 classes for our Pre-K Program each year, depending on enrollment.
  • Each class has two full-time teachers, up to 18 children.
  • Each class has mixed age students, 3-5 years old.

Schedule

  • The Pre-K school day runs 8:15 – 3:15 pm. (Before school care begins at 7:30 am and is free for all students. Students may attend the after-school Free-until-Four portion of our after-school program or stay at Beyond-the-BellĀ until 6:00 pm, available for an additional fee.)
  • A half day in Pre-K runs 8:15 – 11:45 am.
  • The Pre-K program follows the PMFS school calendar, September – June.

Enrollment

  • Part-time enrollment options are available. Children may attend: 5 half-days or 3, 4, or 5 full days.
  • Financial Aid is available.

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