Preschool (18 Months - 4 Years Old)
The NSU University School Preschool provides early care and education for children 18 months through 4 years in a safe, structured, and supportive environment. Teachers use the 7C Curriculum Framework to help children reach challenging but achievable goals in the domains of critical thinking, concept development, communication, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, and coordination.
- Teachers plan age-appropriate experiences that focus on language development, math concepts, letter recognition, phonemic awareness, and handwriting.
- Children’s inventive ideas and interests inspire in-depth projects and investigations that engage their critical thinking and curiosity.
- Open-ended questions are used to invite children’s participation in rich discussion with peers and adults.
- Indoor and outdoor materials and equipment support the development of fine- and gross-motor skills.
- Children participate in activities that foster independence and encourage positive social interactions with others.
- A range of assessment tools are used for planning, decision-making, and communicating with families.
All teachers have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and participate in ongoing, targeted professional development throughout the academic year where they are supported, challenged and inspired to design and introduce intellectually stimulating curriculum experiences. Teachers also develop respectful relationships with families and encourage two-way communication using interactive applications such as Class Dojo.
NSU University School's Preschool programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We join less than six percent of early childhood programs nationally and two percent locally that meet the NAEYC standards that define exemplary educational practice. As the only university-based NAEYC accredited early learning center in Broward County, the faculty and staff of NSU University School Preschool continually work to ensure all children receive the highest quality early care and education. In addition to NAEYC accreditation, NSU University School Preschool is proud to be accredited by National Association of Laboratory Schools, the Association of Independent Schools of Florida, and the National Coalition of Campus Children’s Centers.
NSU University School’s Preschool, located on the campus of Nova Southeastern University, provides our students and teachers with a wide range of resources and opportunities. Preschool staff work closely with the NSU School of Psychology who offer occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy to children who may benefit from these services. Our administrative staff is continually researching best practices in the area of child development and early education in an effort to bring those ideas to the forefront in the Preschool classrooms. Our connection to NSU also provides a number of hands-on learning experiences for students and as they move on to the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. There’s much for them to look forward to including visits to the Alvin Sherman Library, hearing from guest speakers, and taking virtual field trips to places on campus like the Oceanography Center and campus gardens, internships and fellowships with NSU experts, mock trials in the NSU courtroom, and more! As parents, you will have access to NSU experts in a variety of early childhood fields. Our connection to NSU and the experiential learning opportunities that are made possible through this partnership are all part of what we call “the USchool experience.”