Who can apply?
According to the New York City Department of Education, families with children born in 2016 will apply to pre-K this winter and begin pre-K in September 2020. Applications to pre-k are scheduled to open in February, 2020. To learn more about Pre-K and the admissions process please refer to NYCDOE Pre-K.
About MNS Pre-K
PS 290 is an inclusive, caring community, where children and families are treated with respect and kindness. PS 290 began our Pre-K program in the Fall of 2017. We currently have three full-sized Pre-K classrooms with two head teachers and two paraprofessionals in each room with a ratio of 1:6, one teacher for every six children. Standard Pre-K classrooms have a maximum of 18 students.
Our classrooms are planned with thoughtful and purposeful design to hold exploratory learning centers to permit the development of creativity, independence, and group collaboration. The centers can and do change over the course of the year as the children’s interests change and as they progress along their learning journey.
Our Pre-K students play outside on a padded playground turf and have an opportunity to use the new Community Playthings “Outlast Set”; a system of wooden interlocking blocks and planks for open-ended play made for the outdoors! To see a 360 degree view of the inside of two of our Pre-K classrooms, please click here: www.ps290.org/copy-of-visiting-the-school
Pre-K classrooms have use of designated Pre-K bathrooms, and each classroom has a sink.
Our Pre-K program offers a child-centered curriculum that provides students with opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. The curriculum is based on Pre-Kindergarten’s 10 interdisciplinary units of study, which was developed by the Division of Early Childhood Education for Pre-K for All.
The Units of Study are a research-based resource to support student learning in all domains using developmentally appropriate practices.
Our Pre-K teaching teams in each Pre-K room focus on nurturing inquiry, language, and problem solving skills. This serves as the lens for how we organize each of the Pre-K classroom environments, monitor, guide, and reflect on the interactions of students, explore the use of purposeful play, incorporate carefully selected children’s books, other texts, develop and nurture new vocabulary, and extend family engagement experiences within these practices.
Student interests are the base for projects and themes that guide our focus within each Unit of Study.
Throughout these Units, children will be able to choose from a variety of activities and experiences grounded in the Pre-Kindergarten Foundation for the Common Core (PKFCC). To learn more about the Units of Study, click on:
“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.”-Mr. Rogers
“Play is the work of the child.”-Maria Montessori
Play is an important part of the students’ day, as play develops the “whole child”. Through carefully designed learning exploratory centers, children have many opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of a range of concepts. The learning exploratory centers also provide teachers the opportunities to foster the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical growth of each child.
Our Head Teachers hold Early Childhood NY State Certification, a Masters Degree in Education, and meet the criteria put forth by the NYCDOE. They are members of the PS 290 staff.
The school day begins at 8:20 am and ends at 2:30 pm, which is the same schedule as the rest of the school.
Daily activities include learning exploratory center times, whole group circle times, small group work, outside playtime, lunch, rest time, snack, and a visit with one of our specialist teachers for Art, Science, Gardening, Music, and Physical Education.
At this time there is currently no after school program for the Pre-K students.
Applying for Kindergarten after being enrolled in Pre-K
Even if your child attends Pre-K at PS 290, you MUST follow the procedures and apply for kindergarten during the kindergarten admission process next year. Enrollment in a Pre-K program does not necessarily affect your child’s enrollment for kindergarten.
PS 290 is a zoned school, thus kindergarten offers depends on the number of kindergarten applicants from several priority groups. Zoned students with siblings in the school and zoned students have priority for kindergarten placement ahead of non-zoned students who participated in Pre-K at that school.
To learn more about admission to PS 290, please see our website at www.ps290.org/admissions
For additional information on priority of offering seats please refer to NYCDOE Kindergarten Admissions Overview.