Early Childhood

Nursery to Kindergarten


In Gordon’s Early Childhood, the foremost goal is to instill a love of learning in each child. Students from Nursery through Kindergarten engage in an inspiring, age-appropriate curriculum that is carefully designed to promote social and emotional growth while challenging students intellectually.
 
Gordon’s play-based program stimulates creativity and imagination, encourages problem-solving skills and promotes curiosity that will last a lifetime. Reading, writing, math, science and technology are integrated throughout the day to strengthen students’ emerging skills.
 
Each week, students venture beyond their classroom and learn from specialists in the fields of music, art, library, physical education, and Spanish language. With two recesses each day, students spend a significant amount of time outdoors enjoying large play areas on our twelve acre campus.
 
Teachers provide a well-structured schedule and a thoughtfully arranged classroom space that encourages students to share their own families’ backgrounds and knowledge while learning about those of their classmates. Children use a variety of materials throughout their day, promoting imaginative play and individuality. Classroom teachers and the Early Childhood Director work closely with parents to foster a positive home-school relationship.

Maryanne Pieri
Early Childhood and Lower School director
mpieri@gordonschool.org
www.gordonschool.org/mpieri
 
Cheryl Fanti
Early Childhood and Lower School assistant
cfanti@gordonschool.org
 

The Pathways Program
The Pathways Program is an intensive early intervention program designed to help Kindergarten, first, second, and third grade children acquire early literacy skills.
 
Learn more at www.gordonschool.org/pathways
 

Grade levels
Nursery
Students must be three years old by September 1st
One classroom
Up to fifteen children with two teachers
Full or partial day options; three, four or five days per week
 
Preschool
Students must be four years old by September 1st
One classroom
Eighteen to twenty children with two teachers
Full or partial day options
 
Young Kindergarten
Students must be five years old within six months of September 1st
One classroom
Eight to ten students with one teacher
Full or partial day options
 
Kindergarten
Students must be five years old by September 1st
Two classrooms
fourteen to sixteen students with one teacher each
Full day

The Early Childhood day
Mondays to Thursdays
8:15am–11:45am Morning program 
11:45am–1:00pm Extended morning
8:15am–3:20pm Full day
 
Fridays
8:15am–11:45am 

Gordon’s after school programs are available for families who need child care after school until as late as 5:30pm.
 
Early morning care is available beginning at 7:15am.