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The Lakeland Preschool program opened in 2019 and has been thriving ever since. We have two campuses; one at Wolcott Mills Elementary and the other at Lima-Brighton Elementary. Our programs are certified by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and have both achieved an Indiana Paths to Quality rating of 3. This is a high quality program, getting high quality results!

Lakeland School Corporation Preschool Mission: Our mission is to create the best initial school experience possible for all students both academically and socially.

Lakeland School Corporation Preschool Vision: Lakeland Preschool will develop learners that are excited, curious, problem solvers who can apply knowledge to unique situations independently and collaboratively.

Lakeland School Corporation Preschool Program Philosophy: At Lakeland School Corporation Preschool, we believe that all children can learn. We provide an engaging environment where children learn and grow through play. We believe that preschool should be child-oriented with the teacher acting as a facilitator for learning and creativity. We feel that children are active learners and encourage a “hands on” & “minds on'' approach to learning. We strive to promote academic, social, and physical development. We aspire to build the foundation for how children perceive themselves; engaged learners, confident individuals, and caring members of our community. We feel this is initiated by their early experiences and by building a strong foundation we will increase the likelihood of our children becoming productive citizens.

Lakeland School Corporation Preschool Goals:

  • Promote social-emotional development by providing a safe nurturing environment where trusted and caring relationships are formed
  • Support the growth of functional independence, completion of tasks and self-directed regulation
  • Provide a variety of materials for the development of literacy and mathematical understanding
  • Create opportunities for imaginative exploration leading to confident, creative self-expression
  • Support children emotionally and socially by ensuring staff has the appropriate training and supervision so they can be responsible to each individual child while encouraging self-care, independence and self-regulation
  • Encourage children intellectually through ample opportunities for interactive exploration of a variety of tasks and topics
  • Promote physical development of each child through offering diverse and interactive indoor and outdoor spaces for physical activity and exploration
  • Support their child/children’s learning and development
  • Share in decisions about their child/children’s care and education

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