Pre-School Learning

“Nothing without joy!” is the mindset of each day in Preschool. Our modern classrooms offer a happy and safe place where young children, ages 3-6, can explore, belong, and thrive. We believe that learning through play is every child’s work.

RISD’s Preschool offers a truly nurturing atmosphere where each child’s individual and developmental needs are advocated for every day. Recognizing that parents are their children’s first and primary teachers, our staff members strive to work together with families for optimal development, through educational field trips that families are encouraged to join, emails, a weekly informative blog, home visits to bridge between school and home, newsletters, and supportive workshops.

Our curriculum is presented in a bilingual, bimodal program where both American Sign Language and English are valued and employed, and parents needn’t feel pressured to choose one approach exclusively. Teachers provide accessible models by being fluent in both languages. The common instructional language is American Sign Language, the only fully accessible way for deaf and hard of hearing youngsters to have full, uninterrupted access to the curriculum. Children receive regular speech and language services by licensed speech pathologists and certified Teachers of the Deaf.

The RISD preschool aspires to the Reggio Emilia philosophy of how children learn. A team of professionals working together with the child at the center of each day, our early childhood faculty maintains an inviting classroom environment and offers many opportunities for exploration to provoke children’s natural curiosity, creativity, kindness & problem-solving development.

Our Preschool classroom earned a Bright Stars rating of 4.56 out of 5. Bright Stars is a state-wide comprehensive rating system that assesses all aspects of best practices, safety, and understanding and application of early childhood standards. RISD is proud of its rating in a strong dual language environment.

Preschool educators (a team of Deaf and hearing professionals) work to know each child well, in each area of their development, the point they currently are at, and when and how to get them to the next level. We manage this through on-going thoughtful observation, assessments, discussions within the team, professional development, etc. Annual formal assessments of each child’s development provide important information to parents regarding growth in language, fine and gross motor skills, cognitive and creative abilities, and communication proficiency.