Preschool

PEACH Program

The Preschool Educates All CHildren program is designed for children from ages 3-5 years of age who have a significant delay or special need in one or more of the following areas: speech and language, motor, cognition, social/emotional, vision, hearing or physical. There is a wide range of developmental levels and abilities among the children. The staff is made up of a Special Education teacher, a speech/language pathologist, and classroom aide support. Occupational therapy and physical therapy are provided to those children who are in need of these related services; speech and language therapy is integrated throughout the day. 

 

The children participate in a consistent daily routine designed to promote active learning and exploration and to encourage them to make choices and decisions throughout the day. They work with materials that have been selected to provide experiences with a variety of readiness, motor, language and social activities. They work with the adults individually and in groups. A developmental approach is used which enables the educators to identify the child’s level of readiness and need; the educators can then provide experiences which give the opportunity for the child to exercise and extend merging abilities, and to reinforce existing strengths. 

 

The program is currently housed at Mount Prospect School. The morning session runs from 9-11:45am and the afternoon session runs from 12:45-3:30pm from Monday-Thursday.

Integrated Preschool Program

The Integrated Preschool Program or PALS (Preschool for All Learning Styles) educates special needs and typically developing children in a fun, hands-on learning environment. Children explore their world through movement, art, science, literacy, math, music, cooking, dramatic play, and sensory activities related to various themes. Students participate in whole group activities, learn in small groups with teachers, and gain independence as they follow the routines of the class and play with peers during center time. Learning activities are based upon the New Jersey Department of Education’s Preschool and Teaching Learning Expectations and are responsive to the individual needs and abilities of each child. Research has shown that all students benefit from being in this type of program.

 

The integrated preschool program is held four days a week at Mount Prospect School. The morning session takes place from 9:00 to 11:45am and the afternoon session takes place from 12:45-3:30pm. There are no classes on Fridays.  A dual certified teacher in Special Education and P-3 General Education teaches the classes. An instructional aide provides additional instructional support.

 

 The class size ranges from 12-15 students with up to 7 special needs and 8 typically developing students. Special needs preschoolers are those identified by the Preschool Child Study Team and found eligible for special education and related services under the New Jersey Administrative Code. The 8 typically developing students are enrolled on a first come first serve basis when registration opens. Once accepted into the program, each student may return until reaching kindergarten age. Children need to be toilet trained prior to entering the program in September.

 

Comprehensive Behavior Analytic Preschool Program

The COMPREHENSIVE BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC PROGRAM (CBAP) is based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The program bases all its teaching techniques, program protocol, and data collection systems on science and relies on peer reviewed research to further direct program practice.

 

Applied behavior analysis is a science that uses the basic principles of how humans learn behavior by systematically manipulating variables to increase desired behaviors and decrease maladaptive ones. Some techniques that are used include positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, differential reinforcement, extinction, prompting, shaping, and fading.

 

There are hundreds of teaching techniques that are used under the ABA umbrella. Techniques that are used in the Bernards Township classroom include incidental teaching, video modeling, audio modeling, schedule following, scripting, discrete trial instruction, and small group instruction. There are several key points that all these techniques have in common.

All the above teaching techniques utilize objectively defined target behaviors including circumstances under which these behaviors will occur, a criterion for mastery, a teaching procedure, a teaching probe to ensure generalization, strategies for maintaining acquired skills, and an inter observer agreement measurement



For more information on the preschool programs offered, please contact Allyson Read at 908-204-2565 Ext. 124

 


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SCHEDULE FOR PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS DURING HALF DAYS, DELAYED OPENINGS & EARLY DISMISSALS 2015-16

 

During district scheduled ABBREVIATED SCHOOL DAYS for parent conferences (November 19, 20, 23, 24 and March 23, 24) the preschool programs will run as follows:

 

PEACH & HALF DAY PALS PROGRAMS:

AM program:  9:00 am – 11:45 pm

PM program:  12:45 pm - 3:30 pm

 

COMPREHENSIVE BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:

9:00 am- 1:00 pm

 

During district scheduled ABBREVIATED SCHOOL DAYS (October 7, November 4, November 25, December 23, February 3, March 2, June 17 & June 20), the preschool programs will run as follows:

 

PEACH & HALF DAY PALS PROGRAMS:

AM program:  9:00 am - 10:30 am

PMprogram:  10:45 am - 12:15 pm 

 

COMPREHENSIVEB EHAVIOR ANALYTIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:

9:00 am- 1:00 pm

 

During WEATHER/EMERGENCY RELATED DELAYED OPENINGS, the preschool programs will run as follows:

 

PEACH & HALF DAY PALS PROGRAMS:

AM program will be cancelled for the day.

PM students will be picked up at the usual time.

 

COMPREHENSIVE BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:

School will begin at 11:00 am.

 

During WEATHER/EMERGENCY RELATED EARLY DISMISSALS, the preschool programs will run as follows:

 

PEACH& HALF DAY PALS PROGRAMS:

AM program will leave school at 11:45 pm.

PM program will be cancelled.

 

COMPREHENSIVE BEHAVIOR ANALYTIC PRESCHOOL PROGRAM:

Students will be dismissed at 1:00 pm.

*For more information on school closings, please visit Bernards Township Public Schools’ website at:  www.bernardsboe.com.