Principal's Welcome

Welcome to the Annette Castiglione Early Childhood Center! Home of the Bees!

Our full-day program offers a developmentally appropriate experience within a mixed-age level classroom. The experiences young children will be part of in our program are designed to develop communication and critical thinking skills, grow and develop social skills and interaction, and build communication and language skills to support the development of a robust vocabulary. 

While exploring the classroom, our children will have the opportunity to learn and play in various learning centers such as dramatic play, blocks, art, toys and game, science and discovery, and many more. While children are “doing their work” playing in their choice centers, teachers collect data and interact with students in a natural setting. During this natural playtime, it is most developmentally appropriate for students to learn and show skills they are working toward or have mastered. In addition to self-initiated learning that takes place in the play areas, staff build-in activities that support academic and social skills in the areas of literacy, math, social and emotional development, and physical development through teacher invited experiences.

A variety of teacher-selected studies are explored throughout the year based on the interests of the young learners in the classroom. Some topics include Clothes, Trees, Insects, Signs and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Your child’s teacher will be in contact with you about how you can support your child’s learning at home, including the opportunity for your child to share their newfound knowledge with family members.  By sharing experiences at home, you further develop the topics and vocabulary your child is learning at school.

As family support is instrumental in a child's educational success, I hope to grow a strong "parent-school-community" partnership. I look forward to collaborating with you on your child's educational journey. I promise to be right beside you cheering your child on, supporting you as you guide your child through learning experiences, and facilitating interactions to support the well-being of your child! Please feel free to contact me for an in-person meeting, call me for a phone conversation, or email me for written communication. 


All My Best,

Gina Heller


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