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Preschool/Kindergarten

The Yocum Institute for Arts Education has operated a preschool and kindergarten program for over 75 years. Our goal is to focus on the individual child, enabling him or her to increase their self image, develop self-reliance and confidence, to foster the desire to question, and learn through: creating, concept building, language development, problem solving, concentrating, socializing, perceiving, fostering independence, and emotional growth .

Through the collaboration of classroom teachers and art specialists, your child will use art to actively organize his or her experience in an aesthetic environment. This type of learning integrates with all pieces of the curriculum: language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Your child will have many opportunities to use art media, materials, and concepts to communicate ideas, feelings, and stretch his or her imagination. As research demonstrates, these skills will create pathways for future learning, building critical literacy and communication skills in your child.

Preparation in the arts will be valuable to college entrants whatever their intended field of study. The actual practice of arts can engage the imagination, foster flexible ways of thinking, develop disciplined effort, and build self-confidence. – Academic Preparation for College, The College Board

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski at (610) 376-1576 ext. 202, submit the form below, or e-mail preschool@institute-of-arts.org.

Early Learning Staff:

Instructional Aides:

  • Paula Auman
  • Cyndie O’Leary
  • Marissa D’Onofrio
  • Alejandra Martinez-Gonzalez

Arts Specialists:

  • Debra Stoudt, French
  • Nadia Perfect-Riznyk, Music
  • Kristina Dennis, Creative Movement
  • Kathy Becker, Creative Drama

TODDLER CLASSES (Age 2)
Early Childhood Enrichment classes integrate visual arts, music, drama, movement, and social experiences with weekly themes to give the child an introduction to preschool.

Children enrolled in this program do not need to be toilet trained.

2019 – 2020 Class Tuition

  • Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00 – 11:15 AM per semester: $860
  • Tues/Thurs 9:00 – 11:15 AM per semester: $615

PRESCHOOL (AGES 3-5)
Educating through an art-infused learning environment, including visual art, music, drama, and movement, our Preschool classes challenge the child to communicate, problem solve, and develop creative and critical thinking.

Children enrolled in this program must be toilet trained.

2019 – 2020 Preschool Class Tuition 

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Annual tuition
    • 2 Day Program/3 Year Olds: Annual Tuition $1470
    • 3 Day Program/3 Year Olds: Annual Tuition: $1970
    • 3 Day Program/4 Year Olds: Annual Tuition $1970
    • 5 Day Program/3 or 4 Year Olds: Annual Tuition: $2500
  • Monthly or semester payment options are available
  • Full Day available by adding Discovery Classes
  • Early drop off and late pick up options are available, if interested contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski.

KINDERGARTEN
Our Kindergarten program utilizes learning through the arts to develop communication, problem solving, creative thinking, and critical thinking. This class prepares children for public or private education. French lessons are also integrated into the program.

2019 – 2020 Kindergarten Class Tuition 

  • Monday through Friday, 12:15 PM – 3:00 PM
  • Annual tuition: $2500
  • Monthly or semester payment options are available
  • Full Day available by adding AM Kindergarten Discovery Class
  • Early drop off and late pick up options are available, if interested contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski.

DISCOVERY CLASSES
Discovery classes let students travel through creative art, drama, music, and stories.

Preschool Discovery (Ages 3-5): 12:00 Noon- 3:00 PM
Students will explore the USA and unique facts pertaining to each of our 50 states.

Kindergarten Discovery: (Ages 5-6): 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Students will travel around the world, discovering the different cultures of many countries.

2019 – 2020 Class Tuition
Discovery tuition is charged monthly

  • 1 day/week: $70
  • 2 days/week: $ 125
  • 3 days/week: $184
  • 4 days/week: $238
  • 5 days/week: $278

Break Time: For children attending a morning class and staying for an afternoon Preschool Discovery Class, supervised Break Time (11:30 AM – 12:00 Noon) will be provided. Children do not eat lunch at this time. Lunch is during the Discovery class time. Children must bring a packed lunch.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Elsa Luft Mierzejewski at (610) 376-1576 ext. 202, submit the form below, or e-mail preschool@institute-of-arts.org.


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