Keeble embodies developmentally appropriate practices as children learn through smallpic group instruction. Children have hands-on experiences which enable them to make realistic connections with objects in the Pre-Kindergarten world.

Students enrolled in the Bilingual Pre-Kindergarten classrooms receive their instruction in Spanish, which is the primary language spoken at home. Bilingual teachers make provisions in both Spanish and English to strengthen the students' vocabulary, oral development, and reading skills. Keeble’s ESL Pre-Kindergarten classrooms are available for our students who have a background in the English language but may need additional language experiences to ensure success in developing oral language and beginning reading skills. Instruction in these classrooms is provided in English. Students who speak only English in the home are enrolled in our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms.

All three of our Pre-Kindergarten programs provide students an accelerated curriculum that prepares students for life-long learning using the principles of Maria Montessori.

Head Start is a federally funded program.  The Head Start program works together with children and families to promote school readiness by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.  The Head Start program provides funding to enhance the classroom environment to support children’s growth in all academic areas.

Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural and linguistic heritage. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. Head Start programs build relationships with families that support:
• Family well-being and positive parent-child relationships
• Families as learners and lifelong educators
• Family engagement in transitions
• Family connections to peers and community
• Families as advocates and leaders

Special Education Programs

Keeble follows two ways to address the needs of children with disabilities. One way is PBAT (Play Based Assessment Team). They assess students before their third birthday. Parents take the initiative, by expressing their concern, and children are scheduled and assessed by the PBAT team, if the child qualifies he is placed in the least restrictive environment. Based on individual student results students are placed in any one of the following programs that best meets their needs:  Speech Impediment, Resource, Inclusion, Structure Early Language Acquisition Skill (SEALS), and Structured PPCD (Pre-K Program for Children with Disabilities).

When a child is enrolled in PK and teachers or parents have a concern about a child’s speech or cognition, a referral process begins. The Early Intervention Team meets to decide how to best meet the needs of the student by providing research-based interventions.  Based on the progress a student makes with the interventions, the EIT committee decides if a referral to Special Education is necessary.