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Preschool Program

The Grinnell Newburg School District, in partnership with the Grinnell Community Early Learning Center and UCC Preschool, provide our communities littlest learners in our Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program.   Although the three centers are on different campuses in our community, we work together through Professional Development, collaboration with lessons and resources, and assessment to ensure our preschool students are given the best program in our community.  
You can view our Preschool Handbook for the three programs at the link below.  
Students that attend one of these three programs are a part of the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, meaning they meet the requirements set forth by the state. 
Creative Curriculum for preschool guides program planning and instruction.  There is a balance of student selected and teacher directed learning activities that supports development in the areas of social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, math, social studies, science, and the arts.  
We assess our students using the GOLD online assessment system through Creative Curriculum.  This allows us to assess students through observations at school and home.  We also use the statewide assessment tool called IGDI’s that assess literacy skills of students.
Families have a home visit at the beginning of the year to connect with our preschool staff as well as the staff to get to know your child and gain insights from families on how to best make our environment successful for their child.  We provide conferences throughout the year as well.
Our program includes music, large motor, and library skills as part of the scheduled curriculum.  Students are able to check out books from the school library as well as meet weekly for music education.  
Fairview preschool is located at 1310 Hobart Street and housed in the Fairview, which is a Pk-2 building.  
This program is an integrated program, meaning we serve students that are eligible for special education services in our program. 
Students in this program can take advantage of the school breakfast program if they are in a morning section, as well as the school transportation.  
Preschool team
Preschool Schedule:
Three year olds - Tuesday / Thursday - 8:00 - 11:00 (two sections) 
Four year old - Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday - 8:00 - 11:00 (one section)
Four year old - Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday - 12:00 - 3:00 (two sections)
Eligible students for special education services - Monday / Friday - 8:00 - 11:00 (two sections)

Aaron Weddle, Fairview Elementary Principal and Preschool Program administrator

Andrea Zhorne, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Jan Phifer, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher

Jordan Paulson, Early Childhood Teacher


Grinnell Community Early Learning Center
The Grinnell Community Early Learning Center is home to another Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program.  This program is located at 1436 Penrose Street and provides wrap around service, as the community daycare is located at this facility.  
Melissa Graff
Sam Hanson 
Preschool Schedule: 
Four year old - Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday - 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grinnell Community Early Learning Center Specific Handbook
Melissa Graff, Early Childhood Teacher
Samantha Hanson,  Early Childhood Teacher
UCC Preschool
The UCC Preschool is located at 902 Broad Street and housed in the UCC Church.  This program utilized district transportation for it's students.  
Preschool Schedule:
Four year old - Monday / Wednesday / Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 
Four year old - Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday 12:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. 
UCC Specific Handbook