The Learning Collaborative is an NC Pre-Kindergarten program site. We currently have two NC Pre-K classes serving 32 children in all. Initiated by Governor Mike Easley, NC Pre-K is a voluntary pre-kindergarten program designed to prepare at-risk four-year-olds in North Carolina for success in school. High-quality childcare centers partner to provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum and structured environment for students.
To be eligible for the NC Pre-K program, children must:
The language skills in Creative Curriculum include conversation (speaking and listening), vocabulary development, book and print awareness, phonemic awareness, letter identification, and writing. Integrated mathematics skills include number sense, numeration, spatial sense, measurement, geometry, and patterns. Science and social studies and the arts are woven throughout the day.
NC Pre-K Creative Curriculum provides the tools to implement six thematically organized units, Family, Friends, Wind and Water, the World of Color, Shadows, and Reflections, and Things That Grow. The content of each unit is built around a carefully crafted, active daily routine. The regular schedule includes a Morning Meeting, center time, storytime, Songs, Word Play and Letters, small groups, and Let’s Find Out About It. Activities within these components are designed to encourage conversations, social skills, and concept knowledge. In addition to language, literacy, and math skills, participation in NC Pre-K fosters the development of the whole child.