(ages three* and four)
Since 1969, Opportunity School has helped over 3,600 children become lifelong learners by providing high-quality early learning experiences to children from lower-income families. The Opportunity School Central Campus became one of the first early childhood centers in the country in 1986 to receive accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and it maintains accreditation today.
Our Goal: Children will become capable, confident lifelong learners.
Features that distinguish Opportunity School’s preschool program include:
- Low child/teacher ratios of 8:1 or lower to allow ample one-on-one teacher support for every child. A Teacher and an Assistant Teacher in each class.
- Well-equipped classrooms designed to foster children’s independence and active participation in learning.
- Parent involvement and education – teachers provide monthly individual sessions with parents/family members to help them understand and support their child’s development.
- Research-based curriculum resources including DLM Early Childhood Express, Creative Curriculum as well as student progress monitoring tools, including Teaching Strategies Gold and Galileo PreK Assessment which are well-researched models.
- Individualized instruction for each child based on his/her developmental needs and learning style while focused on helping children acquire the skills as outlined in the Texas Infant, Toddler and PreK Guidelines.
- Highly skilled and trained teachers – all Lead Teachers have at least a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, Associates Degree or Bachelor's degree. Our Assistant teachers are expected to gain their CDA within 1 year of employment and we have many in the process of obtaining this certification. All classroom staff must have at least 30 clock hours of training that is specific to the age that they teach.
Goals for Children are designed to meet the full spectrum of children’s developmental needs including:
- Social, emotional, gross and fine motor skills, emerging literacy skills, math and scientific discovery concepts, creativity and artistic expression, music, and cultural and community awareness.
- Daily schedules include learning time in large groups, small groups, and individually-chosen work centers, as well as music and outdoor play. Themes based on subjects of interest to young children are planned in advance and provide many choices depending on individual or class interests and levels of development.
On-site speech therapy is provided as needed at no additional cost. The speech therapist provides auditory and language screenings for every child, and provides enjoyable yet intensive language development activities for children identified as benefiting from services according to screening results.
Part-day Program (school year schedule) – Opportunity School Central Campus ONLY**
- Morning classes are 8:15 am - 11:30 am
- Afternoon classes 12:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Full-day Program (year-round schedule) - Both Campuses (7:30 am - 5:45 pm)
- Year-round except for nine annual holidays and one teacher in-service day.
- Limited bus transportation within geographical boundaries.
- Weekly schedule of fees. Assistance (based on available funding) through Panhandle Workforce Solutions (CCS) or Opportunity School scholarship for eligible families
* Three year old children whose birth dates fall after September 1 may be considered based on evaluation of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire to determine readiness for preschool. The determination will be made by the campus director.
** Children enrolled with the Central Campus preschool program must be fully potty-trained in order to attend; no diapers or pull-ups.