Learning and Language center
Preschool Program Laboratory School
The Learning and Language Center Preschool Program at California University of Pennsylvania welcomes children of Cal U students, staff and faculty, as well as families in California and surrounding communities.
The Learning and Language Center is a laboratory school under the direct supervision of faculty in the Department of Communication Disorders. Cal U graduate and undergraduate students work directly with the children as part of their clinical experience.
About the Preschool
- Sessions are held during the fall (September-December) and spring (January-May) semesters from 9 a.m.- noon, Monday through Thursday. Your child must attend all four days of the program.
- To enter, children must have turned 3-1/2 by August and be no older than 5.
- Children must be toilet trained.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for each semester's classes. Fees are charged per term. Call 724-938-4175 to receive a fee schedule or an application.
Services are provided without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, participation restriction, sexual orientation or status as a parent.
About the Curriculum
The Learning and Language Center Preschool Program uses portions of the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood/Pre-Kindergarten. These standards are descriptions of the skills students should have at each grade level in in English/language arts and math. They are beneficial in ensuring readiness for kindergarten.
Key Learning Areas:
- Approaches to Learning Through Play - Constructing, Organizing and Applying Knowledge.
- Language and Literacy Development - English Language Arts.
- Mathematical Thinking and Expression - Exploring, Processing and Problem-Solving.
- Scientific Thinking and Technology - Exploring, Scientific Inquiry and Discovery.
- Creative Thinking and Expression - Communicating Through the Arts.
About Our Pre-Literacy Program
The preschool program uses Shared Storybook Reading, Building Young Children's Language and Emergent Literacy Skills (Helen Ezell and Laura Justice, 2005) as a guide and resource for effective storybook reading that promotes the oral reading and emergent literacy skills required for success in school.
The program builds these pre-literacy skills:
- Demonstrates print awareness.
- Differentiates print from pictures.
- Understands print directionality.
- Knows that print tells a story.
- Identifies top and bottom of a page.
- Knows some letters of the alphabet.
- Understands that words are made up of letters.
- Recognizes word boundaries.
- Identifies number of syllables in words.
- Rhymes words by changing initial sounds.
- Identifies first sounds of words.