Welcome to STEP PreschoolSTEP (Starting Towards Excellence in Preschool) is a locally (LCPS) and State-funded (Virginia Preschool Initiative) program that serves 4 year old children who reside in certain geographical areas in LCPS. Students are found eligible through certain criteria. Children must be 4 years old on or before September 30 to be eligible for STEP.
Children attend STEP Preschool for 3 hours 5 days a week. There is a morning session (7:50 to 10:50) and an afternoon session (11:35 to 2:35). Fifteen children may be enrolled in each session. Children are provided with transportation to and from school.Curriculum and 9 Week Plans
The STEP Preschool uses the Houghton Mifflin PRE-K curriculum, which is centered on monthly unit themes. Skills will be taught through various individual and group activities related to the theme. Children will work at learning centers of their choice during Center Time. Centers provide activities and materials that children can use with increasing independence and self-direction as they explore, create, collaborate, and expand their abilities. Teacher directed activities during Large Group, Table work, and Small groups are structured and focused on direct instruction. Multiple methods of teaching are utilized, including visual, auditory, tactile, hands-on, music, and movement.Monthly Unit Themes will be:Theme 1 Welcome to SchoolTheme 2 My Family, My CommunityTheme 3 My Five SensesTheme 4 Seasons All AroundTheme 5 Animals EverywhereTheme 6 Construction ZoneTheme 7 In the City, In the CountryTheme 8 Let's MoveTheme 9 Growing and ChangingTheme 10 Ready for Kindergarten!