Classroom Features

  • 11 classrooms serving 180 early childhood students: 2 infant classrooms, 3 toddler classrooms, and 6 pre-K classrooms with a focus on continuity of care
  • Small class sizes with low student-teacher ratios
  • All classrooms will be developmentally appropriate socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually to foster individual growth of the children
  • All classrooms will provide exposure to emergent reading, writing, art, music, social sciences, physical education and science
  • Designated classrooms will use Creative Curriculum (building on children’s knowledge to develop confidence, creativity and lifelong critical thinking skills)
  • Other classrooms will use the Montessori Approach (student centered approach that encourages exploration, independence and lifelong learning)
  • Engaging environment and interactions with indoor and outdoor learning activities.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks will help nourish the children
  • Family engagement opportunities will be offered to help parents feel more connected to their child’s learning and development

Teachers Make a Difference

  • The Plambeck Center will feature high quality teachers who are well-prepared, including training in instructional strategies, Pyramid social/emotional Model, CPR, First Aid and others
  • Being a part of an institution of higher education, there will be collaborations with university faculty and students, including the departments of teacher education, family studies, nursing, physical therapy, social work, communication disorders, fine arts and psychology
  • UNK students and faculty will provide learning opportunities such as workshops, professional development, in-services, trainings, screenings on-site and on-line