Preschool at Little Creek is a unique program that provides an outdoor learning experience for children one day each week. Students enrolling in this program would attend class 2 mornings per week (3-year-olds) or 3 mornings per week (4-year-olds) at Parker Road with one of those days being outdoors (weather permitting) at Little Creek. Transportation is not included and would need to be provided by the parent. The routine and schedule at Little Creek would be consistent with daily class routines and schedules. Children will engage in centers and exploration, small and large group activities, music and movement, story time and snack. In addition, children will go on explorations and hikes while at Little Creek. Children enrolling in the Little Creek Program at Parker Road would also receive home visits by your child's teacher as a part of our Parents as Teachers Program.
What is Little Creek?
Little Creek Nature Area is a 97-acre outdoor educational facility owned and operated by the Ferguson-Florissant School District. It has an outdoor Discovery Classroom, many hiking trails, a meadow, and undevelopmed forest areas. In addition, it has a small farm with a barn, chicken coop, apiary, a vegetable garden, and pastures.
What is Nature Preschool at Little Creek?
A comprehensive curriculum-driven preschool program combining classroom time with outdoor nature-based learning.
What will my child do in the classroom at Parker Road and at Little Creek?
Your child will have the same routine in class and at Little Creek. This will include centers and exploration, small and large group times, music and movement, story time, and snack. In addition, at Little Creek, your child will also go on hikes and explore all the areas of Little Creek.
- Tu/Th Preschool (child must turn 3 by July 31st of the upcoming school year)-One morning per week in the classroom at Parker Road (Tuesday) and one morning per week at Little Creek (Thursday). Class meets from 8:40-11:40 both Tuesday and Thursday. Students must be picked up and dropped off at Parker Road on Tuesday and at Little Creek on Thursday. Transporation is not provided.
- M/W/F PreK (child must turn 4 by July 31st of the upcoming school year)-Two mornings per week in the classroom at Parker Road (Monday/Wednesday) and one morning per week at Little Creek (Friday). Class meets from 8:40-11:40 all three days. Students must be picked up and dropped off at Parker Road on Monday and Wednesday and at Little Creek on Friday. Transportation is not provided.
- Monday-Friday PreK (child must turn 4 by July 31st of the upcoming school year)-Class meets five full days per week, spending one morning (Thursday) at Little Creek. Students will attend class at Parker Road from 8:40-3:40 Monday through Thursday. On Thursday, students will need to be dropped off at Little Creek at 8:40. A bus will be available to take students back to Parker Road at 11:40. They will dismiss from Parker Road at 3:40. Transportation is only provided to pick students up from Little Creek on Friday and take them back to Parker Road. (Students must be fully potty-trained and independent when using the restroom).