Early Childhood in Aurora Public Schools
The mission of the Aurora Public Schools Early Childhood Education Department is:
‘To provide the foundational opportunities that ensure all early childhood learners will engage in and benefit from their experiences to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to reach high levels of learning for future success’
We do this by:
- Ensuring quality preschool programming where all stakeholders (state, county, community, district, schools, and families) form reciprocal partnerships to provide preschool to children of all abilities and backgrounds.
- Delivering instruction that is facilitated by highly qualified and highly effective teaching staff.
- Providing programming that is child-centered and based on solid research practices.
- Using a curriculum aligned to state standards, state developmental guidelines and is responsive to student needs.
ECE Programming Options and Family (Partnerships) Involvement:
A menu of programming options includes full day and half day preschool to meets the diverse needs of the families in the Aurora Public Schools Community.
The Early Childhood Education Department strives to involve the family by emphasizing the important role they play in their child’s education and support families in their roles as nurturers and as their child’s first teacher.
Evaluating Program Quality:
The Early Childhood Education department remains involved in the School Readiness Project. The School Readiness Project utilizes the new Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) to ensure that all preschools and child care centers are of the highest quality.
Assessment in ECE:
Early Childhood Assessment creates opportunities to know children well especially when multiple perspectives are utilized to determine what children know and can do in all areas of development and academics. Ongoing assessment during the course of a school year guides our teachers in planning and providing children meaningful learning experiences and allows them a way to monitor each child’s individual progress and document on-going growth.
Preschool Calendar for 2018-2019
NOTE - some schools that are on a construction or innovative calendar will be different.