Tiegerman Universal Prekindergarten Program
Tiegerman Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) is a full-day program (9:15 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.) for children who will be 4 years of age on or before December 1st. The program provides language-based learning to establish the foundation for educational and social development and to facilitate all students’ achievement of high learning expectations. Tiegerman UPK places a strong emphasis on language and literacy development as a foundation for learning.
UPK classes are comprised of 20 students, I NYS Certified Early Childhood Education teacher and 2 teaching assistants. Instruction is aligned with the NYS Prekindergarten Learning Standards and structured around thematic units designed to teach critical language, literacy, cognitive, social-emotional and motor skills. Learning experiences incorporate a balance of direct and incidental instruction and include meaningful, developmentally appropriate learning activities provided in a warm and nurturing environment. Learning activities are designed to help children achieve expected academic and social learning by the end of their prekindergarten year, and to prepare them for their elementary academic experiences.
Children in the UPK program attend weekly special classes including computer instruction, library, music, art and movement. The also take part in assemblies and theme day activities throughout the year, and participate in Holiday and Moving Up performances.
Tiegerman UPK is committed to the use of technology to enhance instruction and to motivate and engage all learners. UPK classrooms are equipped with computers used daily to support instruction though engaging activities, songs and stories. Promethean Boards are also used by classroom teachers to reinforce reading and math concepts, strengthen language skills and further develop students’ computer skills. This technology allows for the presentation of visually stimulating and interactive lessons in which students participate in activities such as identifying and matching letters, numbers and colors and following verbal directions.
Tiegerman believes in the power of schools and families working together to support student learning and growth and encourages UPK parents to become active participants in their child’s education. Tiegerman offers classroom video viewing opportunities for parents and monthly parent training programs led by highly trained professionals. UPK parents are welcomed as volunteers and are encouraged to join our Parent Teacher Friends Association (PTFA).
For more information about our Universal Prekindergarten program, please contact (516) 609-2000, ext. 273.