The curriculum at Vines EC/ PK Center is rooted in the standards set in the Texas Education Agency Pre Kindergarten Guidelines. These guidelines list the skills to be taught to every student enrolled in a Texas pre kindergarten program. Please visit http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147495508&menu_id=2147483718 for a detailed list of these skills. Our highly qualified teachers utilize the Frog Street PK Curriculum and supplement with others such as, Developing Talkers, Language for Learning, Reading Mastery, Estrellitas, and Daily 5, iStation and Math Shelf to facilitate lessons that meet the needs of their students. In addition, all lessons are embedded with social skills and technology to keep the learning relevant to today’s students.
Students whose home language is English may qualify for enrollment in a Pre-Kindergarten classroom. All instruction is in English. Qualifications for this program are based on family income.
Students whose home language is Spanish may qualify for enrollment in a Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten program. This program is designed to strengthen student vocabulary by providing 80% of instruction in Spanish and 20% in English. Language testing is required to determine eligibility and a recommendation for this program.
The ESL Program is available for students who have a background in the English language, but require additional language experiences to strengthen their vocabulary. All instruction is in English. Language testing is required to determine eligibility and a recommendation for this program.
Students whose family income is below poverty may qualify for the Head Start program. Once enrolled in a Head Start classroom families are offered additional resources and services to help ensure student success. Qualifications for this program are based on family income.
The Early Childhood program is available for our children who have special needs as determined by formal assessment. In the Early Childhood classrooms, students are placed in the least restrictive environment, where they are given support in the areas of need as determined by the ARD committee. The Early Childhood programs currently offered at Vines are:
· SEALS – System for Early Acquisition of Learning Skills
· PPCD – Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities