Pop quiz: How does Wellspring's Early Learning Center successfully prepare preschoolers for kindergarten?

Peek inside Wellspring’s Early Learning Center (ELC) on the first day of school and you’ll see 50 children, 30 of whom are age 3-5. They’re preschoolers who deserve the opportunity to be successful in school and life.

More than 94% of children who have attended the ELC over the past 10 years have shown significant improvement in their cognitive, social and emotional development.Thanks to the ELC, they’ll be successful in kindergarten.

This fall’s incoming kindergartners will benefit from Wellspring’s Ready to Learn campaign, which provides backpacks, pencils, and crayons - the same supplies the campaign provides to 400 elementary school children struggling with homelessness in King County.  

To help make sure you’re ready to learn what’s key to the ongoing effectiveness of the Early Learning Center, here’s a quick refresher of three distinct ways the ELC prepares every child for kindergarten:

  1. Through intentional activities, like playing blocks together with peers and learning to take turns and build something together, the ELC fosters a child’s social and emotional development. This means a positive sense of self, the ability to regulate one’s emotions and relate positively with peers and adults.  
     
  2. By learning to stand in line, eat lunch and be part of a group function, a child learns how to navigate in a larger classroom environment with other children and thus function in, and feel part of, community.
     
  3. By having a teacher close by when a child is upset, the teacher can help a child better identify his or her feelings and/or guide the child to problem solve by expressing his or her need, such as “I’m really mad, help me."

That’s the Early Learning Center—where curriculum activities and materials are child centered and open ended, promoting creativity, problem-solving, social interaction and a sense of accomplishment in each and every child. 

Learn more about Wellspring's Ready to Learn campaign