New Canaan YMCA’s Rainbow Station Introduces New 5’s Pre-K Program - New Canaan & Darien Moms

Introducing the New Canaan YMCA’s Rainbow Station 5’s Pre-K program beginning this fall! The program is designed specifically for children who would benefit from a year of support, growth, and preparation before entering kindergarten.

The Rainbow Station 5’s Pre-K program for the 2021-2022 school year is open to children turning five years old by December 31, 2021. The program will be offered Monday-Friday from 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM with the option for after-school care through the Y’s Kids Unlimited program until 6:00 PM. The 5’s Pre-K program begins Monday, August 30, 2021, and will follow the New Canaan Public Schools academic calendar.

The Pre-K curriculum provides a balance between academics and play. Daily lessons include pre-reading, pre-writing, math, social studies, and science activities. Participants will also enjoy the unique benefits of the New Canaan YMCA facility including instructional swim lessons, Bouncing Bears time in the Kid Zone, music and movement classes, and playground time.

Led by a state-certified elementary education teacher, the 5’s Pre-K program offers a balance between Kindergarten and preschool. Program participants will learn a breadth of subjects to prepare them for Kindergarten, utilizing a play-based learning style consistent with and assisting with the transition from preschool. The staff-to-child ratio for the Pre-K program is one teacher to eight children.

The 5’s Pre-K program will be taught by Rebecca Evensen, who holds Dual-Bachelor’s degrees and Connecticut certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education, as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Evensen also brings to the program elementary school teaching experience with the New Canaan Country School and has been part of the New Canaan YMCA community for the last six years as the Assistant Director of Camp Y-Ki.

Enrollment for the Rainbow Station 5’s Pre-K program is currently available. For additional information, any questions, and to enroll, contact Emma Scalero at 203-920-1613 or [email protected].                                                                                                      

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