The Altgeld-Riverdale Pre-K to Kindergarten Transitions Program held a year-end celebration last week, with hundreds of students, their family members and teachers coming out for activities, games, and delicious food at the Carver Park fieldhouse.
The Transitions Program, which BPI launched in 2015 in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE), strives to ensure all children living in the Altgeld-Riverdale community enter kindergarten ready to succeed—socially, cognitively, and emotionally—and without anxiety. The Altgeld-Riverdale program is unique in that it includes all students, teachers and caregivers from all six prek/kindergarten schools and childcare centers in the community—a total of 18 classrooms in four elementary schools and two childcare centers, with some 430 students in all.
The program features:
Field Trips: All preschool and kindergarten students participate in several joint field trips throughout the year. These help foster collaboration and communication among teachers in the individual programs, build relationships between parents and teachers, and facilitate learning between preschool and kindergarten students. During the 2016-17 school year, all 430 students in the program visited the Museum of Science and Industry and the Chicago Children’s Museum. Preschool students also took trips to the Altgeld Library as well as to various kindergarten classrooms, where they had the opportunity to get to know the teachers and read, eat, and play with their kindergarten buddies.
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