Bilingual Beginnings Program for Kindergartners

As we all emerge from our quarantines and face the new realities of work, life, and school, we are challenged to find new ways to meet current and ever-changing demands. And we are finding new ways to rise up to new challenges. Pine Village is therefore pleased to announce a new program for children enrolled in public or private school PreK or Kindergarten (also known as K1 and K2, depending on the school system).

Over the past four months, we became heavily engaged with other early childhood providers and networks of educators who are creating ways to serve ongoing family needs. It became clear that there would be a need to provide care and support for families whose children were supposed to start a PreK or Kindergaretn program in elementary school, but have decided that either they want to completely opt out, or simply need support during the week with the educational components of home schooling.  

We began the conceptual work while we were closed, and we are very excited to be able to offer families a special place for their kindergartners to learn during this coming school year.  

Bilingual Beginnings for Kindergartners 
In response to the proposed hybrid or fully remote experience most public schools will be offering for the upcoming school year, Pine Village is proud to offer parents a supplemental program where your child will have support with his or her at-home curriculum provided by your public school system, all while being immersed in our familiar Spanish Immersion environment.

We have been able to create learning spaces especially for PreK/Kindergartners within several of our schools where they can enjoy a true kindergarten experience with the support of our amazing school directors, our qualified teachers, and our entire Pine Village organization. 

Here they will have support to complete the public-school kindergarten at-home curriculum, build language proficiency in Spanish, and continue to work on problem solving and enhancing those critical thinking skills, as well as continued support in the very important area of social and emotional wellness.

Every day will include exciting activities that offer a balance between academic, creative and physical activities. Children will enjoy a day filled with love, laughter, learning and language in a caring environment. Each day will bring new adventures in learning and personal development.

Our staff will have access to the public-school kindergarten guidelines and curriculum and will provide enrichment activities all designed to prepare your child for entry into public school.

This September we will offer this new program in our Brighton, Brookline, Kendall Square, Newton Highlands, and South End locations. All five locations will have separate classrooms with a dedicated teacher. We can accommodate full or part time schedules (2-5 days per week) and will offer both the school day option as well as the full day option.  Program cost will follow the preschool tuition schedules for the location you choose.  

If you are interested in your child attending this program please contact us at enrollment@pinevillagepreschool.com and let us know you are interested in the “Bilingual Beginnings” option.

We thank you as always for your support and look forward to serving you and your families school needs this year.

Welcome back!

Is it fair to say that we have all (happy) ugly cried at least once these past few days? We know we have! 

How incredible it feels to be back in school! To think that it’s been close to five months since we’ve cared for children, welcomed you all in the morning and laughed and explored together–since we felt complete–is just overwhelming. 
 
It is the best medicine–food for the soul–to be back at Pine Village with our doors open and welcoming children back. We could not have done it without the support of this entire team; the teachers, directors and support staff behind the scenes have worked as one team to make this happen. It’s truly incredible and we are so very grateful.
 
We have connected on Zoom with all of the directors who have all reported having amazing first days. The children are superstars! We wish we had recorded all of the stories the Directors have shared with us, it brought us all to tears. But here are a few of the anecdotes we can share with you:
 
“All of the preschoolers are wearing their masks all day, no complaints, sliding them down under their chins when they eat, and sliding them back up when they are finished.  They already know what to do!”
 
“It’s better and calmer than our best day ever!”
 
“We were all so stressed out, and now it feels like we just slid back into what we always knew.”
 
“Even the new children are happy to be here!”

 
For this WE THANK YOU! You have been put through the ringer over these past few months; it’s been well documented in memes, blogs and Facebook posts that your job as parents has been pushed to the brink. We can now share with you all that YOU DID IT!! You did it all right! Your children are, from what we can see so far…just fine!  We have been and will be focused on the children’s emotional well-being, but from what we see so far, they are adjusted, calm, unfazed, and honestly just happy to be back. 
 
There will be tough moments and there will likely be tough decision in our future, but getting over this hurdle together with love, determination and a common vision has made us even stronger.
 
Thank you for being a part of this community. We look forward to working alongside you as we make our way through this new journey together. We still have much to learn and more growing to experience, but we are certain that with collaboration, respect, patience and perseverance we will continue to thrive.
 

We can’t wait to see you on August 3rd!

The time is finally here! Pine Village is getting ready for our reopening on August 3rd! We’ve spent the last four months apart, away from each other and away from the children and families, and we simply cannot wait to be together in our schools again!

The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) released their Minimum Health and Safety Guidelines in early June which set the wheels in motion for all childcare programs in Massachusetts to reopen after being forced to close mid-March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

While it has been a fierce struggle for childcare programs to remain viable and strong amidst the complete shutdown of our industry, what has emerged as a direct result of these challenges is a stronger, more unified group of providers, owners, and educators, many of whom have advocated strongly during the shutdown to protect our programs and the work we do with children. Many programs, Pine Village included, created online preschool curriculum experiences for children so that what was an everyday part of their lives could remain so, at least in some fashion at home. Educators, literally overnight, reinvented preschool into an at-home experience for parents and children. It was remarkable!  

Finally, after much intense work, many conversations, and collaborations with leaders in the field, we are now challenged with reopening our programs and welcoming our staff and children back into preschool after a long and (we imagine for all) personally challenging time.  The new mandates, ratios, and hygiene requirements have forced programs to create and adopt a new approach to early childhood, at least for now. Classrooms will look a bit different, drop offs and pick-ups will not be as interactive as they were before, but what remains the same is our love for your children and our passion for creating an engaging and exciting classroom environment for your kiddos. 

If you are a parent, we are quite sure you have questions related to what preschool will look like when we return. We are working hard to assure that it will look and feel a lot more familiar than we fear at the moment, but there will be some adjustments, as we’ve shared on our COVID-19 FAQs page

But here’s what we see right now:

  • Each classroom will be open and exist just as it did last school year, pre-Covid.
  • You will see those beautiful smiling teacher’s faces. 
  • You will see the children’s names in the classrooms, lots of Spanish words, and pictures to brighten the walls. 
  • You will hear music and laughter and lots of Spanish!
  • Your director will be at the entrance to greet you!
  • You children will see the faces of their PVP friends and they will play with each other!
  • Our focus will be on creating an invisible safety bubble around each classroom, managing the number of staff who enter, and limiting the interaction between groups. We do this because we want to minimize the risk of exposure and the possibility of cross contamination.
  • We will be limiting the number of toys and manipulatives that are always available to the kids, out on shelves etc., and move to a more controlled distribution of materials so that we can continuously clean and sanitize. So, for example we will likely have containers of supplies and activities that get taken out for small groups of children to use for a while before boxing them up again for cleaning as the kids finish up.  
  • We may move the age groups around to different classrooms so that we can better utilize the space and restrooms without jamming up common areas.
  • We will also have a more guided plan for the day with small groups (two or so) moving into different areas of the room throughout the day.
  • Going outdoors is vital and the healthiest place for us to be, as you know. We will use our outdoor spaces (one group at a time) and we will take walks around the neighborhoods.
  • EEC has removed the restriction around use of public parks so we do plan on accessing parks, as long as they are not overcrowded.    
  • Our focus for the start of the year in August and September will be on the children; making sure we connect with them, that they are feeling safe and understood, and that we are supporting their social and emotional health first and foremost. It’s been a long time since we’ve been together and we want to make sure that everyone is adjusting in his or her own way, feels happy to be back and reacquaints with the PVP community. 

As recently as June 27th, EEC sent out a communication stating that they anticipate amending the regulations once again before the school year starts in September. We hesitate to make a prediction on what these will look like, however we are hopeful that updates allow for more flexibility with staff and possibly groups being allowed to interact a bit more freely, keeping the “bubble” over the whole school community rather than each individual classroom.

During our first days of the summer program we imagine there will be both excitement and fears among the staff, parents, and the children. We promise to be ready for all that comes our way, support you, your children and our amazing staff. We simply can’t wait to get back to doing what we love. 

More PVP information is on the way from us.  Please stay tuned!