Preschool

Since 1969, Opportunity School has helped over 3,600 children become lifelong learners by providing high quality early preschool 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.

For more information and a short video about NAEYC accreditation, click here.

 

Our Goal: Children will become capable, confident lifelong learners. 

Features that distinguish Opportunity School’s preschool program include:

  • Low child/teacher ratios of 9:1 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.
  • A high quality curriculum based on well-researched models including the High/Scope model.
  • Individualized instruction for each child based on his/her developmental needs and learning style.
  • Highly skilled and trained teachers – all Teachers have at least a Child Development Associate certificate or higher, or are in the process of obtaining this certification. 

Curriculum:

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. 

Speech Therapy:

On-site speech therapy is provided at no additional cost as needed.  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. 

Program Options:

Part-day Program – Opportunity School Central Campus

  • Morning Session, 8:30 – 11:15 am OR Afternoon, 12:30 – 3:15 pm
  • Mid-August through May
  • Bus transportation – space is limited and geographic boundaries apply
  • Nutritious daily snacks
  • Affordable monthly tuition – for more information, see Enrollment page

Full-day – Extended Care Program – Central Campus (7:30 am – 5:45 pm)

  • Year-round except for nine annual holidays
  • Provides a full-day of learning before and after the child’s morning preschool class.
  • Parent-provided lunch, afternoon nap, and extension of classroom activities in a relaxed setting.
  • Weekly fee schedule with Panhandle Work Source assistance or scholarship assistance for eligible families (see Enrollment page)

Full-day - Opportunity School Grand Street Campus Program (6:45 am – 5:45 pm)

  • Year-round except for nine annual holidays
  • Daily nutritious meals prepared on-site: breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack
  • Weekly fee schedule with Panhandle Work Source assistance or scholarship assistance for eligible families (see Enrollment page)

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1100 South Harrison Street - Amarillo, Texas 79101 - P. 806-373-4245 - info@opportunityschool.com