The NELC provides a variety of programs that enable students to begin their education with the best possible start. These programs include:
Parents as Teachers (PAT) – This nationally recognized program provides families with home visits, group meetings and parent/child support activities. Any resident of the Normandy Schools Collaborative with children birth through five is eligible to participate in this program. Recognizing that all families can benefit from support, PAT families come in all configurations, from all socioeconomic levels, and from urban and suburban communities. The program is adaptable to fit community needs. It is a national model, but a local program.
Pre-Kindergarten – The key components of this program are thirteen full-day pre-kindergarten classrooms, and parent education. In order to be eligible for a spot in the program, your child must be three on or by July 31 of the current school year. All students wishing to be enrolled in the preschool program must first obtain a screening through Parents as Teachers. The enrollment for this program is the same as district enrollment procedures. A large percent of families become aware of Title 1 Pre-Kindergarten through home visits conducted by parent educators in the Parents as Teachers Program.
Early Childhood Special Education – This program is offered through the Special School District for children with physical and/or developmental challenges. Specialized teaching for three to five year olds in speech and language therapy and other related services are provided.
Kindergarten – Our kindergarten program is offered for the full day, five days a week. In kindergarten there is a series of skills that students are expected to learn ranging from number recognition and writing to addition and subtraction- letter identification and sounds to reading simple texts- letter writing to writing multiple sentences.
Kindergarten/Elementary Special Education – This program is offered through the Special School District for children with physical and/or developmental challenges. Speech, language therapy and other related services are provided.
Viking Volunteers - Occasionally volunteers assist the staff at the center. All volunteers must complete the Viking Volunteers process found on the Normandy Schools Collaborative website. These volunteers are always supervised when working with the children and provide them opportunities for special activities and more individualized attention. Families must complete this process to chaperone field trips as well.
*The Early Learning Center follows the District’s Code of Student Expectations.