Brookline Academy Preschool


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Brookline Academy Preschool was established with the philosophy that every aspect of a child’s personality should be challenged in some way during his or her early education. As such, we will utilize developmentally appropriate experiences that will highlight each child’s interests, needs, abilities, and learning styles, providing a foundation for effective learning and personal growth.

Children will participate in a variety of educational lessons that will enrich their social, physical, cognitive, emotional, intellectual, and creative abilities while honing in on their unique talents and individuality. We believe children learn through active hands on involvement with materials, lessons, and activities. Family Support Services’ Brookline Academy Preschool will deliver an academically stimulating early education program that encourages curiosity and develops confident students who are well prepared for kindergarten. Each child will be given the opportunity to learn and grow as a unique individual who values and respects the uniqueness of others.

Early childhood play and experiences lay the foundation for effective learning and personal growth throughout an individual’s lifetime. The children attending Brookline Academy Preschool will learn, early-on, how to form positive, caring, and cooperative relationships through adult and peer interactions. This integrated teaching style helps children to develop the skills to get along with others. It is our objective to enrich each student’s learning experience and assist families in providing a solid stepping stone for their child’s development.

Family Support Services’ Brookline Academy Preschool offers a comprehensive preschool curriculum called Starfall.  This curriculum encourages active participation in learning and emphasizes the importance of clear and developmentally appropriate goals.

The Starfall Curriculum is as follows:

  • Integrated — Young children learn best when they can make connections across many disciplines. Therefore, early literacy, math, social studies, science, social-emotional development, creative arts, physical movement, health, and technology are integrated throughout the curriculum.
  • Standards-Based — The Starfall curriculum establishes clear and developmentally appropriate goals for children’s learning based on multiple state, district, and federal programs including VPK, UPK, and Head Start. Benchmarks are listed alongside each lesson plan.
  • Systematic, Spiraled, and Scaffolded — Children retain new information when it connects with previous knowledge and experiences. New information is presented in a logical and linear fashion. Thereafter children move from simple concepts to advanced understanding through a continuum where skills and concepts are reviewed, revisited, and expanded. Focused on Early Literacy — Children with large vocabularies who exhibit phonological and phonemic awareness skills are more likely to become literate. Starfall Pre-K develops these skills and applies them to phonics, concepts of print, comprehension, and writing, laying the foundation for long-term achievement.
  • Focused on Math — The Starfall Pre-K curriculum integrates and emphasizes math skills and concepts. Direct instruction, center exploration, games, and activities provide a practical approach to applied math children encounter in everyday life. A Balance of Instruction and Exploration — The Starfall teacher facilitates learning. Direct instruction provides a framework to ensure that children receive target skills, concepts, and strategies. Learning Center and Exploration times provide children time and opportunity to explore and experiment with what they have learned.

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Contact Information for our site:

Brookline Academy Preschool
1105 Earlington Road
Havertown, PA 19083