Monday, May 12, 2014

Openings for CHOICES Pre-K Still Available

Pre-K opportunities available at all sites except YMCA and Head Start.  If you are interested please complete the form below.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

CHOICES 2014-2015 Information and Applications

Please join us for:
CHOICES Family Information Night  6:00 PM
April 30, 2014
at Dike Newell School
3 Wright Drive, Bath

The application process for the 2014-2015 school year will be explained and representatives form each of the CHOICES sites will describe their programs.  Contact Rosalie Perkins for more information:
rperkins@rsu1.org or 443-8285 ext 105


Monday, December 2, 2013

CHOICES Video


Please join us for:
CHOICES Family Information Night  6:00 PM
April 30, 2014
at Dike Newell School
3 Wright Drive, Bath

The application process for the 2014-2015 school year will be explained and representatives form each of the CHOICES sites will describe their programs.  Contact Rosalie Perkins for more information:
rperkins@rsu1.org or 443-8285 ext 105







For resources on the CHOICES model contact Rosalie Perkins at 443-8285 or rperkins@rsu1.org.
For information on on how to design and apply to implement a public Pre-K program contact:
Sue Reed, Early Childhood Education  Consultant, Maine Department of Education
susan.d.reed@maine.gov  624-6632

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

C.H.O.I.C.E.S (Children Having Opportunities In Collaborative Early Settings)



Mission: To provide all families with 4-year-old children living in the towns served by RSU #1 access to quality, developmentally appropriate preschool programs. Read our annual report here.

The C.H.O.I.C.E.S program is a free Pre-K program offered to 4-year-old children living in the communities served by RSU1. There is a choice of 7 locations that provide the free CHOICES program three mornings per week during the school year.  Some of the sites also offer wrap around childcare that can be purchased by families before or after the regular C.H.O.I.C.E.S. morning program.

Placement options:
The C.H.O.I.C.E.S options are located at seven sites: The Children’s School House, Bath Area YMCA, Bath Family Focus, Dike Newell School,  Woolwich Central School, Phippsburg Elementary School, and Bath Head Start. Please click on the tool bar at the top of this page to learn more about each of the program sites.

Research based curricula in all programs is chosen from one of the following:
Creative Curriculum
The focus of the Creative Curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. The curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development:
Social: To help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel they are part of a group.
Emotional: To help children gain pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude towards life.
Cognitive: To help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success. The Creative Curriculum aids children in acquiring learning skills enabling them to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physical: To help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.

Tools of the Mind Curriculum
Tools of the Mind is a comprehensive curriculum including content that meets all state and national standards. It is based on a specific set of beliefs about how children learn. Mature intentional make-believe play forms the foundation of cognitive and emotional self-regulation development.
In a Tools preschool:
Practice in self-regulated learning is embedded in all activities. Tools instructional interactions are planned to scaffold each child’s learning and to help teachers be effective in identifying specific teachable moments. Teachers focus on helping children become intentional and reflective learners, creating a classroom in which instruction in literacy, mathematics, and science reflects each child’s learning capacity.

For more information contact CHOICES Coordinator Rosalie Perkins.
Dike Newell School
3 Wright Drive, Bath
443-8285
rperkins@rsu1.org




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Thursday, June 6, 2013

CHOICES Application 2013-14

Here are the Frequently Asked Questions for the 2013-2014 school year.  Please contact Rosalie Perkins, CHOICES Coordinator for information concerning the application process for fall 2014.  Email rperkins@rsu1.org  or call 443-8285.