Early Childhood

Preschool students play with shaving cream at The Parish School, sensory play

Early intervention for a lifetime of learning

Children born with any developmental delay are at risk for falling behind academically. That is why early intervention is so important. Our early childhood program addresses the needs of children as young as 2 years of age, and is guided by best practices as outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

What do our classes look like?

Classes are grouped to include students of varying ages and developmental levels. All children of the same chronological age rarely perform at the same level. By grouping children according to levels, we build on developmental skills. Multi-age/multi-level groupings allow students to learn from other peer models while also having the opportunity to be a model for other children.

Early Childhood students are placed into the following levels based upon our assessments:

  • Emerging Language: typically ranges in chronological age from 2-3 years
  • Preschool: typically ranges in chronological age from 3-4 years
  • Pre-primary: typically ranges in chronological age from 4-5 years

Pre-Academic Curriculum

The Parish School's Early Childhood program uniquely addresses the needs of children by integrating five core components into our developmentally-appropriate, pre-academic curriculum: speech and language therapy, pre-academic readiness, social-emotional learning, purposeful play, and the arts.

Individualized Instruction
Our program builds upon strengths and teaches to a child's lagging skills. We recognize every child's potential and seek ways to foster development to create a strong foundation for learning.

Speech and Language Therapy
Speech-language pathologists serve as lead early childhood educators who integrate communication development into all areas of the curriculum. As specialists in speech, language and social development, they plan and implement individual therapy care plans for each child that encourages growth of essential developmental skills.

Children receive approximately 15 hours of group speech and language therapy per week included in the cost of tuition, a value estimated at about $40,000 per year!

Multi-Disciplinary Team
Children are supported by a multi-disciplinary team that includes an early childhood educator, who prepares the way for academic readiness and a life-long love of learning.

Small Class Ratios
Small ratios create an atmosphere of focused learning. Class size is capped at 10 students with teacher-student ratios that range from 1:3 to 1:5.

Arts and Science
Children explore creativity and expression through an integrated arts and sciences program that includes music, drama, art, library, physical education and nature learning.

Purposeful Play
Children engage in purposeful play as a means of exploring and researching the world around them. We believe that child-centered, multi-sensory experiences and play create a pathway toward meaningful learning, which fosters curiosity and wonder. Through structured and unstructured play, both indoor and out in nature, children build important skills for life and learning.

Contact Us

Anne Powers, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Early Childhood
713.467.4696 x.167