Children with special needs benefit from the routines and skills taught in a preschool program. Centennial’s Preschool Program is an integrated program that emphasizes individual programming in an enriched, structured and nurturing atmosphere. Children with special needs and those who are typically developing come together in an educational setting and benefit from the opportunity to learn from one another.
Children entering the program are between the ages of 2 1/2 and 4 years. The program runs weekday mornings and afternoons from September to June and follows the holidays designated by the public school system. The preschool currently serves over 50 children.
About 20% of the children who attend the preschool program are children who do not have special needs. The ‘typically developing’ children benefit from a curriculum which prepares them for Kindergarten in a nurturing and educational environment. They develop an appreciation for people’s differences and act as role models to the children who have special needs.
Children with special needs attending the preschool benefit from a one-to-one adult/child ratio. Each child has an individual program plan developed by their primary teacher and their parents in consultation with a physiotherapist, occupational therapist and speech/language pathologist. The program covers the developmental areas of cognition, communication, self-help skills, social, and motor skills. Individual programs are updated regularly, and the goals are implemented every day by the classroom teachers and the child’s volunteer (an individual that works one-to-one with the child).
The preschool boasts a curriculum rich in the exploration of concepts relevant to the lives of young children. The children are introduced to changes that occur in their world as a result of the seasons, holidays, community events and different settings. They expand their understanding of themselves, their families, animals, transportation vehicles and childhood stories. They explore the concepts of colour, size, patterns, sequences, numbers, letters and shapes. The children have opportunities to explore movement and music in a daily music circle enhanced by piano and guitar accompaniment.
Monday - Friday 9:15am-11:45am (September 2016 - June 2017)
Monday - Thursday 1:15pm-3:45pm (September 2016 - June 2017)
The preschool staff members include five teachers with backgrounds in child development, early childhood education, elementary school education and special education. They have extensive experience, both personally and professionally, in working with children and their families.
The preschool works in collaboration with a team of professionals, including a physiotherapist, occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists.
They help each family to network and coordinate the appropriate services for their children. They also assist the families in accessing the necessary services and funding to maximize their child’s abilities.
The teachers help parents explore future educational settings and work with them to assure a smooth transition into the school system.
Centennial is committed to helping parents advocate on their child’s behalf and on behalf of other people who have special needs. Centennial’s Manager of Centre Operations, Kim Clarke, is responsible for the overall management of the Preschool Program. Kim can be reached at: 416-935-0200 x 231
Preschool Morning Program:
$625.00 per month, for the 2016-2017 school year
Preschool Afternoon Program:
$525.00 per month, for the 2016-2017 school year
Applying for Subsidy
Subsidies are available through Toronto Children’s Services – for further information, please refer to: http://www.toronto.ca/children
Preschool Calendar 2016-2017
Preschool start Date- Wednesday, September 7th
Thanksgiving- Monday, October 10th
Christmas Break- Weeks of Dec. 26th & Jan 2nd, 2017.
School resumes, Monday January 9th, 2017
Family Day- Monday, February 20th
Mid-Winter Break- Week of March 13th 2017
School resumes, Monday March 20th, 2017
Good Friday- April 14th
Easter Monday- April 17th
2 PD Days- To be Announced
Victoria Day- Monday, May 22nd
Preschool A.M. Last day- Friday June 15th 2017
Preschool P.M. Last day- June 16th 2017
Make a Referral
Children can be placed on the Preschool Program’s waitlist by completing the Preschool Application Form below. If you have further questions about our Preschool Program, please contact our Centre Manager, Kim Clarke, at 416-935-0200, ext. 231.
Preschool Application Form revised 2016
Preschool handbook 2016-2017
Preschool information sheet
Parent Involvement 2016
Behaviour Management Policy
Access and Equity Policy 2016
Child Abuse 2016
Withdrawal Policy 2016
Anaphylaxis Policy 2016
First Aid Policy 2016
Illness Policy 2016
Immunization Policy 2016
Infectious Diseases 2016
Medication, Emergency Plans, Allergies, Special Dietary and Feeding Policy 2016