Scaffolded Programming is the intentional, carefully designed progression of early childhood preschool class offerings from ages 1-5. Scaffolded Programming gradually builds emotional and physical stamina for extended learning in Kindergarten and beyond, through an individually tailored plan for each child.
The progression is natural and developmentally appropriate, designed to optimize Kindergarten readiness while celebrating learning through play and honoring the magic of early childhood. The GFNS scaffolded progression method allows each child the gift of time to learn and develop at their own pace and gives parents the tools to customize class choices each year to optimize self-confidence, resilience, and growth. When children complete the GFNS early childhood progression they are fully prepared for Kindergarten, imbedded with a love of learning and a sense of self and belonging that roots them solidly for years to come.
Age 1: One hour per week in the Ones, in the safety of mother/father/caretaker’s arms
Age 2: Three hours per day, either 2 or 3 days per week, beginning with a gentle phase-in period to ease separation anxieties. Small class sizes. Highly skilled, experienced and nurturing teaching staff specializing in the needs of our youngest students.
Age 3: 3 ½ hours per day, either 3, 4 or 5 days per week under the care of three dynamic, creative and talented teachers. Lunch is incorporated into every class day from age 3 and up. Add an optional drop-in extended play when your child is ready, for an additional 1.25 hours to their day.
Age 4: 3 ½ hours per day, 5 days per week in the fall, with an additional curriculum-based extended day on Tuesdays in the fall and Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Spring that adds 1.25 hours to the day and hones in on Kindergarten readiness skills. Designed for children on their way to a longer day, who may progress to Kindergarten the following year or may decide to add a year in between. (Lunch is incorporated into every class day.)
Ages 4-5: 4 ¾ hours of curriculum-based learning in our Pre-K class 5 days per week with Friday early dismissal, for children who are ready for the longer day and will be boarding the bus to Kindergarten the next fall. (Lunch is incorporated into every class day.)