Successful First Week for Nursery and Preschool
Successful Start for UCS Nursery and Preschool Students
Posted on 09/20/2018
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Utica Community Schools Nursery and Preschool students and teachers are off to an amazing start this school year.  While parents waved good bye to their children, smiling teachers, armed with tissues in hand, welcomed students to thoughtfully planned classrooms and assured them that they would be safe in school, have lots of fun and learn many new exciting things this year.  Early childhood educators know that the preschool experience can greatly influence how a child perceives school.   They work tirelessly to create friendly, comforting, nurturing places, where children can thrive.  Like any other teacher, they spend countless hours developing lesson plans, organizing classroom materials, and preparing an optimal learning environment for the students.  The difference is, and what makes these early years the most important in a growing child’s life, is that preschool teachers set the stage for success in years to come. 

The years from birth to age 5 are viewed as a critical period for developing the foundations for thinking, behaving, and emotional well-being. Child development experts indicate it is during these years that children develop linguistic, cognitive, social, emotional, and regulatory skills that predict their later functioning in many domains (Trawick-Smith, 2014 Trawick-Smith, J. (2014). Early childhood development (6th ed.). Boston, MAPearson. [Google Scholar]; Woolfolk & Perry, 2012 Woolfolk, A., & Perry, N. E. (2012). Child and adolescent developmentBoston, MAPearson. [Google Scholar]).

Research shows that a high quality preschool experience can lead to:

  • Improved cognitive, social, emotional and dispositional performance
  • Higher standardized test scores
  • Reduced need for special services later in childhood
  • Higher school achievement and commitment to education in early adolescence
  • Lower rates of high school incompletions, juvenile arrests, and welfare assistance as an adult
  • Higher instances of wealth in later adolescence and early adulthood

Parents of young children are invited to learn more about our Early Childhood Programs and how your child can benefit by visiting our website at:  You can also check us out on Facebook at

Check your mail for the 2018-19 Early Childhood Registration Brochure in January 2019 

Open House for the 2019-20 School Year will be held in February 2019
(exact date to be determined)

Phone in registration starts in March 2019