Mrs. Jacqueline Polanco-Fernandez, Principal
Hours: 8:05 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) opened its doors in September 2009. We offer a full day kindergarten program to the District's youngest students. With 12 monolingual classes, 3 bilingual classes and 2 special education classes, we have a diverse group of students on many levels.
The ECC is a remarkable place where student growth is evident on a daily basis, where parent fears are allayed by a nurturing staff that understands just how hard it is to watch your babies become more independent and where Kakiat intermediate students rise to the expectation of being role models.
Instructionally, the advantages of a kindergarten program are numerous. Time is afforded for teachers to delve deeply into all content areas. A cohort of Early Childhood educators, unique to this model, offers opportunities for collaboration in terms of planning and sharing of resources. The professional development sessions are customized to meet the needs of the youngest of learners. Title I funds have made it possible for our students to have access to Smart Boards, in addition to the computer programs offered throughout the district.
Students benefit from the opportunity to experience special area classes as well as their core subjects. During physical education, music and library, skills that would typically not be introduced until first grade are a scheduled part of each student's day. Students are exposed to different media during classroom art projects, search for books in our kindergarten library, learn songs and participate in music performances, and understand the value of team work and good sportsmanship in physical education.
As a staff, we are very proud of what we have accomplished and are excited about the possibilities that exist for students who are afforded the opportunity to take advantage of our many offerings. As a district, the solid foundation that is being set at the Early Childhood Center will serve each child well in their future.