Threes Child Care Program

Creating a classroom community filled with curiosity and joy

The inquiring minds of three-year-olds are nurtured and celebrated in our Threes program. Through hands-on, inquiry-based learning, Threes are joyfully immersed in literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts, all while building lasting friendships and increasing their independence.

The Classroom Environment

  • Calming, neutral color palette and play materials inspired by natural objects
  • Spacious classrooms with child-sized furniture and easily accessible sinks and toilets to encourage independent self-care
  • 1:10 teacher-to-child ratio for individualized learning experiences and potty assistance
  • CPR- and First Aid-certified staff
  • Professional cleaning daily
Three year old class at storytime at our preschool

PLAN for Threes

Plan™ is Georgetown Hill’s proprietary curriculum. Learn More about PLAN Here.

What does the PLAN curriculum look like in the Threes room?

three year old boys playing ina swimming pool at our childcare center
  • Play:
    • Creating learning opportunities through play in centers designed for block building and floor play, dramatic play and make-believe, art exploration, puzzles and manipulatives, book reading, and science activities
    • Enjoying outdoor play: running, jumping, climbing, sliding, balancing, and trike-riding
  • Learning:
    • Understanding letters, letter sounds, and concepts of print in meaningful contexts
    • Investigating science through nature walks, sensory activities, and hands-on experiments
    • Exploring math concepts through number recognition, counting, sorting, measuring, and making patterns
    • Promoting fine motor skills and pre-writing development through hands-on Owl Writes activities
    • Sparking curiosity through monthly thematic units including Healthy Me, Hibernation and Migration, Community Helpers, and Taking Care of our Earth
  • Arts:
    • Expressing creativity through process-oriented art
    • Introducing well-known artists and their unique artistic techniques
    • Providing daily music and dance experiences and weekly sessions with Georgetown Hill’s music specialist
  • Nurturing:
    • Exercising choice during classroom activities
    • Expressing feelings and responding to the feelings of others
    • Developing self-regulation and impulse control
    • Practicing problem-solving strategies
    • Focusing on one activity for a longer period of time
Three year olds learning to make sculptures at our preschool

Threes’ Daily Schedule

Three year olds learning about shapes in our daycare

The typical Threes day includes:

  • Engaging arrival/transition activities
  • Family-style snack time (morning and afternoon)
  • Circle Time (songs, stories, movement)
  • Thematic learning center activities
  • Specials (Physical Education, Music, and Spanish)
  • Outdoor play (morning and afternoon)
  • Family-style lunch
  • Nap time
  • Self-selected activities

OWL for Threes

OWL is Georgetown Hill’s custom-designed wellness program. OWL is implemented at staff, child, and family levels throughout Georgetown Hill.

  • Outdoor experiences, weather permitting
  • Daily movement activities and weekly sessions with Georgetown Hill’s P.E. specialist
  • Nutritious snacks
boy and girl posing in front of wall

Communication with Families

Apple Ridge Campus Gallery

In addition to ongoing face to face meetings at pick-up and drop-off times, we also communicate with families through the use of a digital communication app called KidReports. Throughout the day, teachers send pictures of our Threes engaging in PLAN experiences and socializing with their peers. At the end of the day, families also receive a daily electronic report which includes:

  • Classroom activities (with photos and/or videos)
  • Art projects
  • Music and movement activities
  • Snacks/meals
  • Potty use (if requested)
  • Nap time notes

Families can also use KidReports to update teachers on any special considerations for the day.

Assessments of children’s progress towards developmental goals are done three times each year. Parents/family members are invited and encouraged to attend conferences with the teachers at least twice each year to set goals for each child and discuss growth and development over the course of the program year.