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Preschool Three-Year Olds

Ages 36 Months to 48 Months*

Three-year olds are proud.  They smile broadly, holding up their chubby little fingers as they exclaim, "I am three-years old!"

As a parent, there are a lot of things for you to be proud of too – your three-year old can now navigate the play set at the park, get their own fruit cup, and pretend to be a dog. Together you have overcome sleepless nights and irrational fears, you have laughed together, and learned new tricks.  Now you are ready to embark on the start of a magnificent adventure that will provide the foundation for your child's future as a life-long learner.

At the St. Charles Children's Learning Center, our specially trained teachers value the special combination of imagination, energy, and spirit that is at the heart of three-year old learning.  We will help your child explore and learn in a safe, caring environment that recognizes the individuality and specialness of your three-year old.

We will communicate with you to ensure your child is meeting learning milestones, making friends, and having fun while you are working on your own education, career, or other family related duties.

At the St. Charles Children's Learning Center we know that learning, imagination, and energy are just some of the things to be proud of when you are "three."

Three-Year Old Activities:

  • Computer Introduction
  • Playing in Upstairs Loft
  • Writing Journal
  • Science Projects
  • Creating and Displaying Artwork
  • Show and Share Presentations
  • Weekly Themed Activities

Three-Year Old Learning Paths - Play:

  • Physical – potty-trained; utilizes more self-help skills in feeding and dressing self; walks on tiptoes; hops on one foot; learning how to ride a tricycle; knows how to hold a pencil and can draw simple line shapes; enjoys hands-on activities
  • Emotional – likes to make others laugh; readily shows affection to adults, children, and animals
  • Social – looks for approval and attention from adults; understands the concepts of sharing, taking turns, and ownership
  • Cognitive – can sort objects by shape, color, and number; enjoys simple puzzles and matching games like "Go Fish"; understands simple number concepts such as the difference between "one" and "two" objects; may actively seek and is excited about the company of other children; enjoys group activities
  • Language – speaks in 4-6 word long sentences; people outside of immediate circle can understand most of their words; enjoys story/reading time; knows how to use pronouns (I, you, me) and some plurals (cats, balls, trucks); can follow simple directions and commands; can identify most common objects and pictures

Primary Teacher Role:

  • Utilizes Creative Curriculum® in the classroom as children learn through active interactions with the physical and social environment
  • Introduces the Houghton Mifflin Language and Literacy Curriculum®  to supplement Creative Curriculum®, which provides a comprehensive integrated program with age-appropriate resources and lessons designed to be flexible enough to meet the needs of three-year olds
  • Introduces the Maryland State Department of Education's (MSDE) Voluntary State Curriculum (VSC) to work toward the state of Maryland's goal of school readiness
  • Encourages your child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner by enhancing the child's ability to solve problems, recognize cause-and-effect relationships, and plan ahead.  Children are encouraged to try their ideas, experiment, and use materials creatively.  Songs, storytelling, social studies, science, language, games, blocks, manipulatives, and other creative materials are used in more sophisticated ways, and students are given time to develop their own unique themes of play.
  • Observes and assesses your child's needs and likes/dislikes so that activities meet individual and group learning milestones
  • Works as your partner, communicating with you about your child's daily development and education
  • Offers tips on how to reinforce learning at home while recognizing that you are the most important person in your child's learning
  • Provides a physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing environment
  • Conducts parent-teacher conferences each spring and fall
  • Utilizes the Work Sampling System® to provide observational assessment information on children's skills, knowledge, behavior, and academic accomplishments in seven domains.  This information is utilized in preparing the classroom lesson plans and is shared with the parents during parent-teacher conferences.
  • Consistently defines clear limits and expectations
  • Utilizes "redirection" as a behavior management technique

Three-Year Old Schedule and Rates:

Student Parents**
Staff, Faculty, Community Parents

Weekly Rate

Full Day Rate

Block *** Rate

Activity Fee

* Age ranges may vary slightly as children are transitioned to the next age/classroom level after reaching key developmental milestones and as spaces are available.
** Student Parents Rate available with enrollment in six (6) credit hours per semester.
*** Blocks are either 6:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Minimum enrollment is for two day or two blocks per week.

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