The Erdman Preschool was established in 1971 to provide an enriching and creative educational experience for young children. It has grown from a school for eight children, begun by Margaret Erdman in her home, to a school serving over 100 families in Scituate and neighboring communities. The school moved to its current location in 1973 and has expanded to include morning and afternoon classes for three, four and five year olds. The school is a non-profit organization run by the Board of Directors and does not discriminate in providing services to children or their families on the basis of religion, national origin, cultural heritage, race, gender, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status or disability in its admissions or hiring practices.

Our Famlies
One of the unique qualities of Erdman Preschool is the degree of parent involvement in all levels of the school’s operation. Parents and grandparents are welcome to observe their children in the classroom at any time. Volunteering in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, helping with snack and special projects are experiences that benefit both the child and the parent. Our fall Open House is an evening for the entire family to visit the school. It is an opportunity to meet teachers, classmates parents, enjoy refreshments made by each class, try out favorite materials and view children’s work The Parent Education Committee provides information and opportunities of educational value and interest to parents. Selected literature is available and knowledgeable speakers and programs are presented throughout the year. Most meetings are held in the evenings.

Classes
Erdman Preschool offers 2, 3 and 4-day classes for Threes, Older Threes, Fours and Fives. Our Fours classes are pre-kindergarten classes designed to help children develop the skills necessary to enter Kindergarten in the following year. The 4-Day Older Fours class is available for those children who may benefit from an additional year of growth and development before entering Kindergarten. Children who have completed a Fours Class will have placement preference in this class until May 1. Morning classes meet from 9:00 to 11:30. Afternoon classes meet from 1:00 to 3:30. Each class has at least two teachers who have standard professional credentials, some advanced degrees and qualities of warmth, flexibility and sensitive regard for the uniqueness of each child. All teachers are licensed by the MA Department of Early Education and Care and participate in ongoing professional training.

Parents and children are invited to visit the school prior to registration.  (See Policies page for registration procedures.)  Conferences are held with parents of all children the week before school begins. This enables teachers to learn some of the unique and special characteristics of each child so that they can individualize his or her school experience.

2-day Class - 2.9 years old by September 1st 
Wed. & Fri. 9:00-11:30 

3-day Class - 3 years old by September 1st
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9:00-11:30

3-day Class - 3 1/2 years old by September 1st 
Mon., Wed. & Fri. 1:00-3:30 

3-day Classes - 4 years old by September 1st 
Mon., Wed., Fri. 9:00-11:30 
Mon., Wed., Fri. 1:00-3:30 
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 9:00-11:30 

4-day Classes - 4 1/2 years old by September 1st 
Tues. through Fri. 9:00-11:30
This class can be a valuable transition year for young Fives needing additional growth and development before entering Kindergarten.  

Our ratio of seven children to one teacher for four year olds, and six to one for threes permits us to give a great deal of individual attention and encourages individual work.

Enrichment
Afternoon Explorers meets on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. You may choose one, two or three afternoons. This program begins in October. Please call the Erdman office, 781-545-9309.

Tuition
Tuition is payable twice a year or in ten monthly payments. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please speak with the Director as soon as possible. Applications are completely confidential.

Extended Day Options
“LUNCH BUNCH” is available from 11:30 to 1:00 each day. Teachers and parent volunteers supervise lunch, free play games, stories and out door play.
"EARLY DROP-OFF" and "LATE PICK-UP" are available each morning between 8:30-9:00 and in the afternoon from  3:30-4:00 allowing parents flexible.  
"STAY & PLAY" offers extended afternoons of free play supervised by a teacher and is currently offered on Tuesday and Fridays from 1:00-3:30.   
A nominal fee is charged for these options.  

Registration
Please call the Erdman office (781-545-9309) to inquire about our registration procedure. All prospective families are asked to visit the school. Please call the office to arrange a visit and request an application


Conferences
Frequent, open communication between family and school is in the best interest of the child and occurs on an informal basis each day at drop off and pick up times. Sometimes it is not appropriate to discuss concerns with your child present so teachers and Director are always available for conferences. Please call the office or speak with your teachers to set up a mutually convenient appointment time. In addition to beginning of the year parent conferences and informal meetings as necessary, formal parent-teacher conferences are held in December for the Threes and in January for the Fours. All parents receive an end of the year summary report of their child’s progress. Conferences are not held at this time but may be scheduled if necessary. Please see “Parent Participation” for additional communication goals.

Assessment
Assessment of children’s work in an on-going process and includes classroom observation, note taking, work sampling, screenings and skills checklists. We use The Work Sampling System (Dichtelmiller, Jablon, Dorfman, Marsden and Meisels, 1997) published by Pearson Education Inc. to assess and document skills, knowledge, behavior and accomplishments across a wide variety of curriculum areas. Work Sampling looks at seven categories, or domains, of classroom learning and experience. The seven domains are Personal and Social Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Scientific Thinking, Social Studies, Arts and Physical Development. For more detailed information about these seven domains please read the Work Sampling posters in the school hallway. Teachers use a set of developmental guidelines to provide a framework for observation. The Guidelines, based on national standards and knowledge of child development, set forth developmentally appropriate expectations for children at each age. We share the results of this assessment with parents during our parent-teacher conference times and at the end of the year in the form of a written summary report of the 7 domains. Input from parents about their child’s progress is equally important. All parents should feel free to speak with teachers, and/or the director any time questions or concerns are present
Debby Drain, M.S.Ed., Director
330 First Parish Road Scituate, MA 02066
 781-545-9309