Erwin PreSchool (EPS) established in 1959 as Erwin Nursery School, maintains a tradition of providing a safe, loving, child-centered learning environment for early learners. The school is located in the heart of the Westcott/Syracuse University community and serves Syracuse area preschoolers. EPS operates partially independently (by tuition and private donations), and as a contracted Universal PreK site with the Syracuse City School District.
All of Erwin PreSchool programs provide a comprehensive preschool experience offering a variety of learning methods to develop a wide range of early learning skills. Our purpose is to provide an atmosphere that encourages the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the child as a whole.
Erwin PreSchool's curriculum includes sharing and conversation time; stories, songs, and fingerplays; creative art activities and crafts; games and large muscle activities; food preparation; science and nature activities; exposure to shapes, colors, numbers, and letters; and celebration of birthdays, and holidays. Our Core Knowledge curriculum is used in all classes and adapted for all children. EPS classrooms are led, or supervised by experienced NYS certified early childhood teachers.
We feel that children benefit from both structured and non-structured learning. Books are read several times a day. The teachers work with individual children, small groups, and everyone (circle time) throughout the day. The children have free access to blocks, books, writing materials, sand, sensory table activities, dramatic play, art materials, tabletop toys, games, and puzzles. Outdoor play or indoor large motor activities are an important part of our day as well.