PEEP Classroom Locations
PEEP, your KPS Pre-Kindergarten Early Education Program, serves 432 children and their families in 11 of the district's 17 elementary schools. From the children's viewpoint, they are "getting to go to real school, like the big kids." As their adults, we know that becoming familiar with school and how it works, plus the learning sparked by being with peers, benefits children enormously both during the pre-kindergarten (pre-k) year and beyond. Children who have had a high-quality pre-k like PEEP transition more comfortably and successfully to kindergarten. Feeling safe, secure, lovingly supported, and confident is particularly essential for young children. It frees their busy minds to focus fully on learning and, well, the joyous job of just being a kid.
If you ask a PEEP student if he or she goes to pre-kindergarten, you are likely to be told, "No, I go to PEEP. I'm a PEEPer!" Following the children's lead then: Our small but mighty PEEPers attend full day, morning, or afternoon classes, Monday through Friday, per the PEEP and district calendar. They tend to regard school as their special place and have been known to run into school ahead of parents or older siblings, announcing "I'm here, friends!" We like that, though, because it tells us we are providing child-centered classrooms that recognize and build on the uniqueness and strengths of each child.
The district provides bus transportation from home or child care (located in the district) to school and back. For many children, "getting to sit up front" (required) and ride the big yellow bus is one of the highlights of their day! Some PEEPers also attend the well-regarded KPS Loy Norrix Child Care (LNCC) program before or after PEEP. We work closely with families for comfortable transitions between programs or settings for children.
A low class size for pre-kindergarten children is especially important, because little ones need a lot of help from their teachers. PEEP as a State of Michigan Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP) meets the highest standard for the very lowest class size with only 18 children in a class:
Classrooms with 18 students have a Teacher, Associate Teacher (paraprofessional), and Tutor. The adult to child ratio is 1 adult for every 6 children. This also provides for much individualized attention and teaching.
PEEP staff are well prepared to teach and nurture PEEP students in ways that are most effective with young children. PEEP as a school district GSRP meets the highest standards in staff credentials: Teachers must have a four year degree and teaching certificate with the early childhood education or child development endorsement or specialization. Associate Teachers (paraprofessionals) must have a Child Development Associate (CDA) or the equivalent.
Here's where you'll find PEEP!
Schools with A.M. or P.M. PEEP (children attend either 3 hours in the morning or 3 hours in the afternoon):
- Arcadia Elementary
- Greenwood Elementary
- Indian Prairie Elementary
- Parkwood-Upjohn Elementary
- Prairie Ridge
- Winchell Elementary
Schools with Full Day PEEP (children stay the whole school day, just like K-5 students do):
- Edison Environmental Science Academy
- Lincoln International Studies School
- Northeastern Elementary
- Spring Valley Center for Exploration
- Washington Writers' Academy
- Woodward Elementary
PEEP locations may change somewhat from year to year, depending on classroom needs and space.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour of a PEEP classroom, please call the district PEEP Office (269) 337-0095 or visit us at the Community Education Center (CEC), 714 S. Westnedge Ave., Room 212. This is on the second floor of CEC in the southeast corner of the building, closest to the intersection of Vine St. and Westnedge Ave.