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Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) is committed to providing rich experiences within each Pre-Kindergarten Program that will profoundly impact the course of each of our student’s lives. Our mission is to prepare children with the necessary learning opportunities that will ensure their success in Kindergarten and throughout their lives.

Operating Hours
Pre-Kindergarten begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 2:00 p.m. 
Model Pre-Kindergarten Centers begin 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 3:00 p.m.

It is important that students arrive on time to begin the day. Instruction begins promptly at the start of school. To observers this would not always look like a traditional school opening. Pre-Kindergarten students are learning self-regulation skills such as where belongings are stored, how to safely and responsibly conduct themselves in the classroom and hallway, how to make food selections in the breakfast line, and learning how to have appropriate conversations with their peers during the meal time to name a few skills taught at the beginning of the school day.

Attendance Agreement
An important factor in a child’s success in school is regular school attendance. Students who attend school have greater academic, social and emotional school success. Upon admission to a Pre-Kindergarten program, families will be required to sign a written Attendance Agreement. This agreement will ensure that our families are in partnership with the school in providing the best possible Pre-Kindergarten experience. Families will receive copies of this agreement at the beginning of the current school year. Failure to abide by the agreement can result in dismissal from the program.

Schedule During the Day
Pre-Kindergarten teachers create schedules to meet the needs within their individual school and classroom. Although times and specific activities vary from school to school, all teachers schedule blocks of time for the following activities:

Whole Group Instruction
Literacy, Numeracy, Social and Emotional Lessons, Music, Art, Science and Social Studies are covered during various whole group lesson times.

Small Group Instruction
Pre-Kindergarten teachers schedule times to work with small groups of children on specific skills (listed under Whole Group Instruction) that are covered more broadly in whole group lessons.

Center Time
Center time is an intricate part of a Pre-Kindergarten student’s day. Students are given an opportunity to explore learning opportunities uniquely and purposefully created to foster curiosity and discovery. Students are given chances to work together to use their imaginations to create their own learning as well as teacher guided learning based upon their experiences within and outside the classroom. Oral language skills vastly increase during this unique learning block.

Quiet Time
Quiet time provides a time for students to rest while encouraging a calm and relaxed atmosphere.

Outdoor Activity
It is important to MNPS that we are nourishing the needs of the whole child. Pre-Kindergarten students are given meaningful classroom instruction that will help to prepare them for a successful Kindergarten experience, it is also important that students are given time to release energy and to develop their large motor skills during physical activity outside when the weather permits. In the case of increment weather, teachers are encouraged to schedule time in the school’s gymnasium.

Pre-Kindergarten Staff
Each Pre-Kindergarten classroom contains a teacher with a Pre-Kindergarten Certification. MNPS certificated teachers are also required to continue their professional growth by attending a minium of 18 hours of Professional Development each year. In addition to a certificated classroom teacher, each Pre-Kindergarten classroom contains at least one Educational Assistant that has met specific qualifications to work in an Early Childhood classroom. Educational Assistants are also required to continue their professional growth by attending at least 12 hours of Professional Development each year.

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