Over 30 years of research and experience in child development were used to create the innovative learning tools used by the Alvin Community College Kindergarten Program which is now accepting applications for the fall.
“I cannot say enough positive things about ACC Kindergarten,” said Jennifer Garza-Bibb, a parent of an ACC kindergarten student and Alvin resident. “The low student-teacher ratio, literacy-centered approach, and hands-on experiences all combine to create an amazing kindergarten experience.”
“It is comforting to know that my child is in a place where he will receive individualized attention to learn the fundamentals he will need to prepare him for a lifetime of learning,” she continued. “I am confident that he now has a solid foundation of reading, writing, math and science that will provide him with an advantage as he continues his school career.”
Benefits of the ACC kindergarten program include: innovative curriculum, activities, and amenities; use of caring, experienced and educated teachers; exposure to college atmosphere; individualized attention; participation in college activities, such as art exhibitions and library functions, and hot meals and snacks.
“My two oldest children have had the wonderful opportunity of attending the ACC kindergarten class; they both have greatly benefitted from the program,” Natalie Barmettler, of Danbury, said. “Thanks to this program, my children are flourishing in their education and absolutely love school.”
The ACC Kindergarten Program focuses on skills that lead to phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, reading fluency, reading comprehension strategies, writing and much more. Math, science and social studies are also covered during the school year.
“The ability to have a small class size and give them so much one-on-one guidance in their growth makes a difference,” ACC kindergarten teacher Cherilin Saladrigas stated. “It will give them a sound foundation that will enable them to excel throughout their future education.”
“Cherilin Saladrigas is the kindergarten teacher every child dreams of having; she is caring, compassionate, and expects the best of her students,” Garza-Bibb said. “She fosters a fun and creative learning environment for student success that is evident from the moment you walk through the door.”
The ACC Kindergarten Program began in the fall of 2007 and is operated as a private school through the Child Development/Early Childhood Department. For over three decades, the department has been offering the Laboratory School for children ages 18 months through 5 years. It serves as a child care facility for children of students, staff and local residents and as a learning lab for college students who are training for various careers.
Students, preparing for careers in child development, teaching and psychology, are required to observe children to learn about their social and learning characteristics as they age. The kindergarten program provides another valuable level of observation.
Registration is ongoing for the next school year, which begins in August. Enrollment for the ACC Kindergarten Program is on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited to only 15 students.
For more information about the ACC Kindergarten Program or how to register, call (281) 756-3644. ACC is located at 3110 Mustang Road.