UPDATED INFORMATION FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
Location and Contact Information Please feel free to contact us at the Shannon Community Center at
Shannon Preschool is located in the Shannon Community Center:
11600 Shannon Avenue (just off of San Ramon Road)
Emerald Glen Preschool
Emerald Glen Preschool is located within Emerald Glen Park:
4501 Central Parkway (near Tassajara Road)
Mailing Address for Both Preschools
City of Dublin Preschools
11600 Shannon Avenue
Dublin, CA 94568
To register go to www.dublinrecguide.com
Description and Philosophy
City of Dublin’s preschool programs promote a warm and caring environment in which staff teaches a thematic-based curriculum with academic components. Students learn basic social and emotional development, language and communication skills, pre-reading skills, cognitive processing, analytical and mathematical skills, number, letter, shapes and color recognition, plus fine and gross motor development.
Both Preschools provide a nurturing environment where each child can grow, learn to express themselves, and simply have fun! All of our preschool teachers and aides have training in the area of Early Childhood Education and are committed to the success of each of our students.
Children in all stages of development are welcome (however they must be fully potty trained)
Proof of age and residency are required prior to acceptance into our preschool program. Please feel free to contact our preschool administrators at (925) 556-4500 for help with registration or placement.
Children must be registered in the appropriate class based on age. We reserve the right to make necessary changes if needed.
Parents are required to assist in the classroom
3 Year Olds :
Our 3 Year Old Program is an introductory program to all areas of social, emotional, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, and sensory development. Our focus is on thematic play-based curriculum with academic components. This program is offered in two, three, and five day per week options in the morning or afternoon and is designed for 3 year olds who are completely responsible for their own toileting needs.
4 Year Olds :
Our 4 year old program is a kindergarten readiness program that enhances social, emotional, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor and sensory development. This is also a thematic play-based program supplemented with academic components.
This program is also offered in two, three, and five day per week options in the morning or afternoon and is designed for 4year old children who are completely responsible for their own toileting needs.
Jr. Kindergarten :
Jr Kindergarten is offered to students who are of Kindergarten age in order to provide them with a strong foundation of cognitive and developmental curriculum in preparation for public Kindergarten. (No assessment required)
Additionally, Jr. Kindergarten may be offered to 4 year-old children who, based on our assessment, have already achieved a strong foundation of the cognitive and developmental abilities of kindergarten level academic challenges. These children must pass a formal assessment and receive written acceptance into Jr. Kindergarten before the first day of class. Please contact the Preschool Director for further information.
Jr. Kindergarten is a 3-hour per day, four-day per week afternoon class. All students must meet the above criteria, be 4 or 5 years of age and have not turned 6 by September 1 st of the current preschool year and is designed for children who are completely responsible for their own toileting needs.
Age Eligibility Requirements
Age Eligibility Requirements are the same for all three sessions
3 year olds - must be 3 years of age and have not turned 4 by September 1st of the current preschool year
4 year olds - must be 4 years of age and have not turned 5 by September 1st of the current preschool year
Jr. Kindergarten – Jr. Kindergarten eligibility requirements are stated under PROGRAM information.
Curriculum & Activities
“Curriculum” is a term used to describe all of the components or elements used in our early education programs. The City of Dublin’s Preschool curriculum encompasses the following foundations;
SOCIAL EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT: self-identity, sense of competence, emotions, empathy, community, building relationships, cooperative play, moral development, conflict resolution
LANGUAGE, LITERACY & COMMUNICATION: comprehension, speaking, vocabulary, phonological awareness, alphabetic knowledge, reading, concepts about print, book knowledge, writing, English language learning
MATHEMATICS: number words and symbols. counting, part-whole relationships, shapes, spatial awareness, measuring, unit, patterns, data analysis
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: observing, classifying, experimenting, predicting, drawing conclusions, communicating ideas, natural and physical world, tools and technology
CREATIVE ARTS: art, music, movement, pretend play, appreciating the arts, learning creative expression
PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT AND HEALTH: gross-motor skills, fine-motor skills, body awareness, personal care, healthy behavior
Class activities for all three programs are centered on developing these described foundations within a core of play based scheduled activities: circle time, sharing, art & crafts, games, music and free play (inside and outside). Our typical day begins with the freedom to explore and build on social development. We also gather in small groups for activities that provide the opportunity for individual attention. These group activities include:
science and sensory area -- enhances sensory awareness and development through developmentally appropriate science activities
free art and craft area -- complements freedom of expression and our thematic learning component with specific focus on developing fine motor skills
academic area – focusing on specific symbols, English language comprehension and concept skills
block area -- building and engineering, experimenting, develop mathematical and analytical skills
dramatic play -- promoting creativity and social development
manipulative area -- strengthens cognitive development, alpha and number words and symbols. counting. part-whole relationships, shapes, spatial awareness, measuring, unit, patterns, data analysis and so much more!
We encourage all students to participate in craft and academic activities. Next we gather together on the carpet for thematically based lessons, stories, songs, finger plays which continue to build on our theme for the day. One large group activity is included to help prepare children for the elementary classroom environment. These activities are followed by snack time and outdoor recess. Each day our classes end with story time. Please be aware that with preschoolers, occasionally our daily schedule does not go according to plan, we appreciate your understanding when staff has to improvise.