The Plymouth Early Childhood Center, located at 117 Long Pond Road, Plymouth services 200 students between the ages of three to five years. The Plymouth Preschool supports the philosophy of inclusive education to which the Plymouth Public Schools is committed. “Inclusive education seeks to provide meaningful education to the range of students in our communities by drawing strength from their diversity.”
Following are some shared common beliefs:
- All children have a right to be educated within their home community with their peers.
- Children should participate at the same time in shared educational experiences.
The Plymouth Preschool consists of five classrooms which offer two sessions each day. The morning session from 9:15–11:45 a.m. and the afternoon session from 12:45–3:15 p.m. are inclusive classrooms, serving children with individual educational plans and children from the community. The school also has two full-day preschool programs designed to meet the needs of students with a diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Delay and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Students are provided with a full-day program from 9:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., four days per week with parent trainings offered on the fifth day. Three morning sessions include typical peer models to provide opportunities for socialization. Special needs students receive speech, physical and occupational therapies according to their individualized education plans. Consultation is provided to teachers and families by a board-certified behavior analyst.
The inherent rights of all children as unique individuals are respected at the Plymouth Early Childhood Center. It is a school that believes that children should be in their neighborhood communities with their peers who will be with them throughout their educational years. Most importantly, it is a school community that is not an isolated experience but an environment of opportunities for real life. This school will educate all children to accept and understand diversity. This school will support and nurture opportunities for children with or without challenges in developing lasting friendships.
In this school community all children learn together in the same classroom with the necessary provisions for success. The delivery of services will be woven into the intrinsic routine of the day. The importance of parents as valuable and equal members of the educational team will be realized. This school community brings a shared sense of responsibility and collaboration with professionals and paraprofessionals.
There will be a supportive leadership innate within the community as well as school administration. This is a school which keeps abreast of the ever changing technology and its usage. This school is committed to adapting the educational schema to meet even the most profound of challenges.
We shall remember that our school communities are representative of our investment in the future, and the right for each of us to participate in the fulfillment of that investment is an inherent one.
117 Long Pond Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Plymouth Early Childhood Center will be accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year until March 1, 2019.