Sierra Nevada Achievers for Community Services (Achievers)
SNACS Preschool is one of the programs Achievers provides. Achievers is a private, non-profit 501 c3 corporation in Nevada partnering with Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School. It is a community service agency that provides wrap-around education services to the SNACS community and beyond. The preschool operated by Achievers is open from 6:30 am – 6:00 pm providing quality care for children and their families.
Services for children who are enrolled in the infant/toddler room (Miss Brenda) between 6 weeks and 36 months are able to attend the program between 7:15-5:00, unless special arrangements have been made in advance. Additional costs may be incurred when special arrangements are made.
Other children ages 3 years old to students who are enrolled in kindergarten may attend between 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. These hours are for family convenience. However, it is not developmentally appropriate for children to attend all day. The general guideline is a half-hour beyond a normal workday. Children should not be left in a preschool or childcare setting for 12 hours a day. They need time and support in the family setting.
The Preschool grant is for those children accepted and enrolled in the program. This program is tailored to those students 4 years old by September 30 and meet federal income guidelines. The program is offered between 8:00 am – 1:00 pm. Students are expected to attend every day the program is offered between these hours unless they have an excused absence. Families will need to provide appropriate documentation for absences. Families may choose to enroll their children in the before or after the Preschool Grant program for child care needs. Rates will apply for these services.
Services for students enrolled in Kindergarten-8th grade are available before and after school, on early dismissal days, and during scheduled breaks. Rates will apply for these services.
The preschool is a licensed program accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Being accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the Gold Stamp of Approval on the program and practices. SNACS Preschool Staff has worked to ensure all 400 criteria in 1o categories were implemented in the program. The 10 areas examined include Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessments, Health, Teachers, Families, Community, Environment, and Leadership. Becoming accredited through NAEYC is one of the first formal steps in establishing a framework for a P-3 system with the partnering Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School. The SNACS Preschool Staff will be recognized for their achievement at the local Reno Association for the Education of Young Children on December 1st. The achievement shows commitment to educating young children in developmentally appropriate practice. Children at SNACS Preschool are learning through play and loving it! SNACS Preschool staff members are doing what is right for young children. Help us celebrate young children and those who love working with young children! Congratulations SNACS Preschool! NAEYC Accreditation Certificate
The program structure is based on models of child development and on ways that culture and society (through families’ educational or childcare settings and communities) shape the growing child (ECERS,2011). The principles beneath the program structure and schedule are drawn from best practices using the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation criteria, Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) (Copple and Bredekamp), and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) system based on the Nevada Silver State Stars Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
A major part of the program structure is the schedule. The program structure allows for whole group activities promoting celebrations, current themes, the introduction of new concepts, activities, and content, singing and movement (which are math and language activities), and storytime. It also allows for small groups and individual support/meetings during the choice center time that promotes personalized, individualized, and differentiated learning across domains.
The basic daily schedule is familiar to children with routines, and activities occur relatively in the same sequence most days. It provides a balance of structure and flexibility. A variety of play activities occur each day indoors and out (weather permitting) and it allows for teacher-directed and teacher-facilitated instruction as well as child-initiated activities including choice centers implemented much of the day. During the choice time, students choose which activities they want to play in and learn from. The choice time is offered across learning domains so students can explore different content areas and begin to experiment with preferences. Literacy is embedded in all choice center activities providing for reading and writing a crossed content area.
Using choice promotes social-emotional development and non-cognitive skills that allow students to learn how to self-regulate their time, promote student agency, metacognition, and executive functioning which are all necessary to succeed later in school.
There are smooth transitions between daily events, allowing time for self-care and health, and materials are ready for the next activity before the current activity begins. Most transitions incorporate a few children at a time rather than the whole group. Variations made in the schedule meet individual needs. Such accommodations might include, for example, a shorter storytime for a child with a short attention span; a child working on a project allowed to continue past the scheduled time so that their work is not interrupted; or a slow eater may finish at his or her pace. While these individual accommodations are made, the rest of the group is able to continue on the schedule, so there is no long period of waiting for anyone or groups of students.
Students are encouraged to move through transitions from one activity to the next using positive reinforcement and language that empowers students, not forces them.
Achievers awarded Nevada Ready Preschool Development Program Grant
Achievers staff are excited to participate in the Nevada Ready Preschool Development Program Grant, a federally and state-funded high-quality preschool grant opportunity. The grant will provide funding for preschool children to attend a free 5 hour per day preschool program that will run in conjunction with the traditional school year. Achievers was chosen by the Nevada Public Charter School Authority (NPCSA) as one of two charter school sites in the state and the only Northern Nevada charter site to offer the program. Achievers will provide a developmentally appropriate kindergarten readiness program. Achievers will continue to provide tuition-based full-day preschool and an extended-day program for those families enrolled in the Nevada Ready Program. SNACS Preschool accepts the Children’s Cabinet and other subsidy programs. Both programs will run simultaneously to ensure access to high-quality programs for all children. Children in the program will be eligible to attend Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School for kindergarten. The program faculty will be working toward being rated in the Nevada Quality Rating and Improvement System. The program will include access to high-quality instruction that includes field trips and parent engagement opportunities. The program currently offers 20 spots and may extend to 40 in the next year. Planning efforts are underway to design the environment, schedule, and curriculum maps for the year. We are accepting enrollment applications to fill up to 35 spots, pending final approval. More information can be found at Achievers by contacting Miss Lisa Galvin. Enrollment in the program will be based on income for families earning less than 200% above the poverty level. Please visit our preschool enrollment tab under “Join” on the main page menu for more information.
Quick Points About SNACS Preschool
- NAEYC Accredited!
- Nurturing learning environment.
- Learning through creative play.
- Print-rich environment promoting literacy development.
- Developmentally appropriate hands-on experiences.
- Fosters kindergarten readiness.
- Trained teachers and assistants.
- Students in preschool can transition to the SNACS kindergarten program and attend the same school through 8th grade.
- Follows the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines.
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Supervision Policy Brochure
Young children learn and develop their understanding of the world through play. It is crucial to the development of the whole child. Young children learn and develop a multitude of skills through play in the areas of literacy and language development; mathematical logical and scientific thinking; social and emotional relationships; music; art studio; theatrical arts; the natural world; health; and in physical fitness.
SNACS Preschool curriculum is designed to provide developmentally appropriate activities in which young children learn. Using the Reggio Emilia approach, children explore their “hundred languages” through making choices. As a result, children learn necessary academic skills as well as independence and develop social skills.
Children explore different centers that are designed based on standards. Each center is designed to provide children with specific learning skills through play experiences. For example, in the housekeeping center, young children learn social and language skills while gaining independence. They also learn mathematical, logical skills when they sort and categorize dishes, food, dolls, and other materials found in the housekeeping center. These skills provide a foundation for success that will last throughout their educational career.
Teachers are trained in the importance of each center and what skills children are learning. They are trained in how (and when) to engage with children in play to enhance their learning. They ask questions that promote higher-order thinking and prompt children to make connections between what they have already learned and what they are experiencing.
The SNACS Preschool Team works together, with parents as our partners, to provide young children with a positive school experience in a warm and supportive environment that incorporates the whole child. Our goals for all children attending SNACS preschool is to foster and develop a love of learning, awareness, and knowledge of the world in which they live, and to help them to make decisions about their relationships in the world.
SNACS Preschool is Accredited through NAEYC
The SNACS Preschool team is trained in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) program standards. Under the guidance of Executive Director, Kimberly Regan Schoenfeldt, who holds a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. NAEYC is a national organization that promotes excellence in early childhood education programs. They serve as a resource to early childhood educators and advocates in the field of early childhood. The SNACS Preschool Team is working towards accreditation through this esteemed association. The accreditation is like the gold seal of approval for preschools across the nation. SNACS Preschool program establishes a solid foundation for a successful transition into the primary grades. Visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children