The kindergarten program in DoDEA Schools is designed to encourage and support children's social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Children are involved in daily learning experiences with oral language, reading, writing, mathematics, social sciences, science, technology, health, music, movement, and art. The kindergarten program is a developmentally appropriate, center and standards based program for children who meet kindergarten minimum age requirements (must turn five years old by September 1 of the current school year).
Developmentally appropriate kindergarten classrooms encourage:
Kindergarten children will continue to develop control of their own behavior through the guidance and support of warm, caring adults. At this stage, children are already eager to learn and possess an innate curiosity. Teachers will provide children what they need to grow socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually through a center-based approach, which would be exhibited in the following ways:
A kindergarten child's physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development is advanced through the teaching of the DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards within the curriculum.
Individual kindergarten classrooms will vary, but DoDEA kindergarten classrooms will have one thing in common: the focus will be on the development of the child as a whole.
DoDEA Early Childhood Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400