|Career Technical Education within Spokane Public Schools supports early learning through four Early Childhood Education (ECE) Programs serving preschool children ages 3-5 at John R. Rogers, Ferris, North Central, and Shadle Park high schools. These programs partner high school students with 3-5 year old children in a safe, nurturing, and interactive environment. ECE programs offer a rich and stimulating learning environment where children can develop positive relationships with others. The curriculum focuses around play-based learning. This program offers high school students the opportunity to gain experience working with young children as they determine their future post-secondary pursuits. We believe in the importance of quality early learning experiences as building blocks for early success.
Benefits to Preschool Children (ages 3 – 5) and their families
A safe, nurturing, interactive environment that promotes skills including social, emotional, cognitive and physical development for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children. Each program recognizes and respects ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity within all families served.
Benefits to High School Students
High school students benefit by gaining an understanding of how children progress through developmental stages from ages 3 to 5. Under the supervision of the high school teacher, our high school students work closely with the preschool students by conducting lessons, art projects, storytelling, supervising learning centers and coordinating games and activities that develop large motor skills. Most importantly, they learn how to effectively and appropriately communicate with young children.
The class also offers high school students five articulated college credits through Spokane Falls Community College.
To be eligible, children must be 3 years old by Aug. 31, and may continue to participate up to 5 years old. They also must be potty trained. Typical enrollment is 18 to 20 high school students each paired with one or two preschoolers. The Preschool Enrollment form and the Certificate of Immunization Status are required for program enrollment. Program fees are $15 per month to cover the cost of supplies and snacks.
If you are interested in the program, please feel free to call and inquire about openings. Please call or email early, as spaces fill quickly in all of our programs.