Dear Preschool Families,
I’m excited to welcome you to our Higley Early Childhood School Family for the 2018-19 school year. I look forward to building and strengthening a relationship with each of you as we work together to lay the foundation for your child’s academic success. A big part of that success will depend on the social emotional and executive skills we work to develop in your child as he or she becomes a member of our school family. It starts in the heart as we build connections from the very first time your child walks into our center. These connections build the framework for our social emotional and executive skill-building curriculum, Conscious Discipline.
We have grown again this year and have opened eight new classrooms between the two centers. We have assembled an incredible, dedicated staff who have been busy preparing our classrooms and centers for your children. Our mission is to provide a quality learning experience with certified, Early Childhood educators and staff who inspire curiosity, build problem solving skills and self-esteem, and strengthen a love for learning in young children within a nurturing school family and play-based environment. Our vision is to bring teachers, parents and community together to educate and improve the lives of children and their families.
I want to invite each of you to consider volunteering in our preschools. There are many ways to be involved, from helping prep materials for classrooms to being a member of our ECDC PTO. Parent involvement is another key to your child’s academic success and we want to provide opportunities throughout the center and the school year. I also encourage you to attend our Conscious Discipline Parent Workshops. These workshops are a great way for you to learn the powers and skills of this important social emotional curriculum, putting valuable tools in your parenting toolbox. The free series of eight classes begins on August 23 and ends on December 13. Each class begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at Cooley ECDC. The workshop is just for parents; childcare will not be provided.
For those of you who are new to our Preschool Family and want to know a little bit about me: I have a wonderful family including my husband, Tom. We have five amazing children, all grown now, and five beautiful grandchildren ages 7-14 and hopefully more on the way. I have more than 30 years of early childhood experience. I have been teaching in Higley since 2009, when I brought Kindergarten Prep to the district. I became the director of our program when the two preschool campuses opened in 2013. We are beginning our sixth year and will welcome close to 900 students this school year.
We know that you have many choices for preschool in the East Valley and we are honored you chose Higley’s Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC). I cannot wait to get to know you and I would love to sit down with you to discuss any questions you may have about our program and your child’s needs. The best way to do that is to schedule a time with one of my secretaries since I spend time at both centers. Contact Mona Skyler at Cooley ECDC 480.279.8413 or Stephanie Kennedy at Sossaman ECDC 480.279.8613.
Thank you for choosing Cooley and Sossaman ECDC and sharing your children with us! It’s going to be an amazing year!
I wish you well,
Director of HUSD Early Childhood Development Centers