About The DCH Preschool
The DCH Preschool is an NAEYC accredited center with a professional staff dedicated to providing creative learning and play while overseeing the physical safety, emotional and intellectual growth of the children. We serve children 15 months old through Kindergarten.
Our program is designed to provide a stimulating, creative and supportive environment. Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace while developing feelings of security, success and self-confidence.
A typical day at the Dedham Community House Preschool
The teaching staff plans a program that is developmentally appropriate focusing on the whole child in terms of the emotional, social, cognitive and physical development of each child. Themes are used to develop curriculum.
Each classroom’s daily schedule is planned to meet the needs of the children within the group. All groups will offer a variety of quiet and active play options to ensure a balanced program.
Free Choice: Play options include dramatic play, small manipulatives (puzzles, Legos, construction toys), art activities, sensory activities (play dough, sand and water play), science experimentation, cooking projects, large muscle equipment and books. Play clothes are encouraged.
Group Time: Group time includes sharing, stories, musical experiences and games. At this time children are encouraged to express themselves, to listen and to cooperate in taking turns. The duration and content will vary depending on the age group.
Snacks & Lunch: Mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks are scheduled in each classroom daily, in addition to lunch. Families provide all food for their children and the DCH Preschool provides water. The DCH Preschool is a peanut and tree nut free school.
Outside Activities: Weather permitting, children have the opportunity to play outside on the playground daily. Opportunities for climbing, running, swinging and sand play are available.
Music & Movement: Music and movement are a regular part of the preschool curriculum. The teaching staff includes singing, dance and movement in the classroom curriculum. We also have a music specialist who visits regularly to enhance our curriculum.
Licensing and Accreditation
The DCH Preschool is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This is a state agency. The preschool is licensed for 65 children aged 15 months to 6 years old. The school is relicensed every two years.
The DCH preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This national organization recognizes programs of quality. Reaccreditation occurs every five years.