Early Childhood

A child's first experience with school sets the tone for his or her feelings about learning.

Preschool
Within a secure, nurturing environment, MPFS preschool and specialist teachers engage children’s natural curiosity, helping to build their confidence as they discover the world and find joy in learning.  Association with a larger learning institution not only gives our preschoolers access to building facilities such as our library/media center and full gym, but it also affords daily opportunities for them to interact with older students and adults who are role models / mentors and true friends.  Being known and cared for within a strong, supportive community empowers these youngest students to take risks in their learning, to grow in independence, and joyfully embrace their own individuality.  

MPFS’ preschool is a sequential two-year program for three to five year-olds which encompasses social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.  In a school day balanced between free play and learning through thoughtfully structured multi-sensory lessons, our child-centered curriculum provides a strong foundation in basic skills in literacy, math, science, social studies, art, physical education, Spanish, and music.  Particular emphasis is placed on the intentional teaching of self-care, conflict resolution, and other social and emotional skills designed to foster community building as well as confidence and happiness in each child.

Kindergarten
Our full day kindergarten serves as an introduction to our lower school program with a strong emphasis on self-discovery and self-awareness skills. Best practices are applied to engage children and ensure they maintain the same enthusiasm towards learning that they developed in preschool. Through both teacher-directed and self-directed activities, the social, emotional, creative, and intellectual growth of each child is encouraged.

Throughout the kindergarten day, children have a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists in a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. Each child is encouraged  to ask for help, to be helpful to others and feel comfortable taking risks in front of their peers. During their kindergarten year it is intended that the children develop not only a strong foundation for learning, but a strong sense of community as well, both of which will continue to be nurtured throughout their years at MPFS.