Young 5's

Our Young Fives program meets five full days each week and is designed for children who need additional time and support to develop the skills needed for a successful kindergarten experience.  The Young Fives curriculum provides appropriate social, emotional, physical and intellectual experiences to prepare children for success in school.

Enrollment for Fall 2020 is now open online.

Young Fives vs. Kindergarten


Fall 2020 Enrollment Timeline


February 3, 2020 - Enrollment opens online for Young Fives & Kindergarten

April 1, 2020 - Enrollment documents are due for 1st round of placements

April 2020 - Screening for Young Fives - Families will be contacted via email in April to schedule

June 2020 - Building placement notification via email

August 2020 - Classroom assignments


Young Fives Screening

Screenings will be held in April for all students whose parents are uncertain of placement or are requesting a Young Fives placement. Screenings will be held at the Duncan Lake Early Childhood Center. Your child will spend some time in a classroom environment. This will allow children to experience a classroom routine and will allow our team to observe the children in action while collecting data. Information gleaned from the screening will be used in recommending placement into either Young Fives or Kindergarten. You will be contacted via email in April to set up your screening appointment. Shortly after the screening, you will be contacted regarding program recommendations for your child.


While in Young Fives, the learner will begin to develop in the following areas:

Social Skills

  • Expressing thoughts and feelings in an appropriate manner.
  • Practicing appropriate problem solving skills with peers.
  • Interacting with others in a cooperative and respectful way.
  • Participating in new experiences.
  • Demonstrating self-control and confidence.
  • Stayig with a task through completion
  • Developing positive self-image.
  • Developing a positive attitude towards school.
  • Being comfortable in a school environment
  • Taking responsibility for belongings and materials.
  • Making and expressing choices, plans, and decisions.
  • Following classroom routine and transitioning cooperatively.
  • Initiating various interactions.


  • Naming a circle, square, triangle and rectangle.
  • Sorting objects by shape, color and size.
  • Extending and creating a simple pattern.
  • Understanding basic concepts of position (above,below, between, etc.)
  • Interpreting graphs
  • Counting objects
  • Counting by ones
  • Forming sets of objects
  • Writing numbers (0 -9)
  • Identifying and sequencing numbers (0-10)
  • Comparing quantities of objects.  

Social Studies

  • Seeing themselves as independent, capable of making choices differ­ent from others.
  • Exploring and discussing family life.
  • Becoming aware of the community and environment.
  • Engaging in activities that promote personal safety.

Language Development

  • Listening to a speaker.
  • Listening to and discussing elements of a story.
  • Expressing themselves in simple sentences.
  • Recognizing similarities and differences in words.
  • Demonstrating the give and take of conversation.
  • Participating in dramatic/role play.
  • Expanding his/her vocabulary and using it in everyday language.
  • Taking an active role in classroom discussions.
  • Recognizing one's own name in print.
  • Being aware of letters in the alphabet.
  • Printing his/her firrst name.
  • Using age appropriate drawing to convey thoughts.
  • Identifying 8 basic colors.


  • Exploring the natural environment.
  • Observing and describing weather changes.
  • Investigating changes in his/her environment.

Fine Motor Skills


  • Using a pencil/crayon correctly.
  • Using scissors correctly to cut desired shapes and lines.
  • Copying a simply design.
  • Manipulating various objects.


Creative Expression

  • Exploring a variety of materials and media.
  • Expressing themselves creatively (drama, art, music, writing).
  • Using materials to make simple representations and verbalizing what he/she has created.