The Early Childhood Program in the Chillicothe School District is locally, state and federally funded. Schoolwide Title and Special Education services are provided. Students are eligible to be screened for programs beginning on their 3rd birthday until kindergarten age eligible. Students are screened using the DIAL 4 Screening Tool. Garrison has two primary sessions (three year olds) and four pre-kindergarten sessions (four years old by Aug. 1st of the year enrolled). Garrison is also affiliated with the Grand River Technical School "Pink House" which provides two primary sessions.
Preschool is designed to be a positive introduction to school. They are involved in a wide range of hands-on activities while in preschool. Activities are planned to meet each child's individual needs. The time in preschool is divided into different segments. Our day is divided into: a center time, small group time, meal time, outside time, and large group time.
The activities in preschool center around the developmental learning skills of the children. These involve basic concepts such as:
- Personal development in building confidence, pride and attitude
- Social interaction, working in groups, and the concept of sharing
- Language development
- Story telling
- Development of large motor skills
- Development of fine motor skills
- Color recognition
- Shape recognition
- Number recognition
- Seasonal changes and events
- Learning sequences
- Writing first name (4 year olds)
We encourage parents to keep the lines of communication open between home and school. If you have any questions about anything, do not hesitate to ask. The classroom teacher will be sending home NEWS letters periodically. These letters are intended to inform the parents about what has been happening in their child’s classroom and upcoming events. You are more than welcome to schedule a visit with the building staff.