Tucson Country Day School

Academics: Early Childhood Education

Welcome and thank you for inquiring about Tucson Country Day School's Early Childhood program. Since 1968, we have been providing exceptional and exciting programs in our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten program that have resulted in our three and four year old children accelerating both their academic and social skills. The dedication, experience and professionalism of the staff continue to provide parents the assurance that their children are given the guidance and opportunity to become successful, mature and creative learners.

Click Here to view the 2011-12 Preschool/Pre-K Calendar.
Preschool & PreK Welcome Letter and supply list

Our Beliefs

* All children are capable learners.
* Each child’s social, emotional and problem-solving development is closely related to their overall cognitive development.
* In the importance of formulating a partnership with parents in the care and education of their child.
* That curriculum should be guided by developmentally, culturally and best instructional practices.
* In providing children an inviting and comfortable learning environment.
* That activities for children should emphasize exploration and inquiry in all learning domains listed in the Early Childhood Standards by the Arizona Department of Education.


The curriculum and instructional practices focus on the uniqueness of each child and follow the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Our teaching practices are influenced by Early Childhood research whereby children are provided with varied opportunities to explore and experiment with learning concepts through play. We provide experiences in a developmental sequence structured to assist and support children develop their skills in the following areas:

Health and Safety
Character Development/Self Concept
Literacy and Language
Creative and Social Arts
Small and Large Motor Movement

Please download our extensive Early Childhood Curriculum Guidebook for more details.

The staff of the Early Childhood Program maintains adherence to state-mandated compliances and is involved in on-going professional development classes and activities.

Contact Information:
Wanda Vinson, Director (520) 296-0883

Hours of Care
Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Class Size Ratios
Pre-School (3 year olds) -- 1:13
Pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds) -- 1:15

Tuition (subject to change)

Morning and afternoon snacks are provided and include either 100% juice, milk or water. Hot lunches are catered and are offered to children for a fee. Parents are also welcome to send a sack lunch and drink with their child.

Volunteer/Parent Visits
Parents are highly encouraged to be active in their child's education by being involved in such activities as volunteering, participating in the Student Parent Association (SPA), assisting with the maintenance of the playground and other wonderful activities.

A copy of our Early Childhood Parent Handbook may be downloaded here.

Admission Procedures
To be considered for enrollment into the Early Childhood Program, we ask that each family schedule an appointment for an orientation and tour of our facilities. We sincerely look forward to the opportunity to be part of the educational career of your child.

For your convenience, click here to download a copy of our Emergency Information Form. Please note that this form must be completed as part of the registration process.

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