Drive Early Childhood Learning Center
Future Begins Here! Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning
Center educates Hazlet’s preschool and kindergarten students in school
readiness skills that prepare children to be life-long learners. Along with the
District, Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center has earned Middle
States accreditation. Our school community remains steadfast in its commitment
to meet and exceed Middle States academic and organizational goals.
course of study for preschool students is the Creative Curriculum Gold which is
approved by the NJDOE and aligned to the Preschool Learning Standards. Creative Curriculum Gold includes all areas of development:
social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive; as well as, the content
areas of literacy, mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the
arts. Children develop independence, self-confidence, self-control,
learn how to make friends and participate in group work. Children engage in
activities that involve large and small muscle skills, such as balancing,
running, jumping and painting. The
ability to problem solve, ask questions and think logically are incorporated
daily with an emphasis on using words to communicate and participate in
conversations. The Creative Curriculum Gold accomplishes these goals by
involving the students in meaningful play activities.
kindergarten curriculum is aligned to the NJ Common Core Standards. The
language arts literacy program provides an excellent foundation in reading,
utilizing the Harcourt reading series. The math program is an inquiry based
program that promotes critical thinking skills using the Everyday Math series. It balances the development of conceptual and
computational skills with reasoning and problem solving skills. The FOSS science
curriculum includes the study of animals, fabric, trees, wood and paper.
In social studies, students learn about our country, state and community. To
round out their educational experience, each child participates in art, music,
physical education, enrichment and Spanish.
staff and parents at Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center work
together through the Parent Teacher Organization. It is an extremely active group that supports
the students and the faculty of our school in numerous ways.
At Sycamore Drive Early Childhood Learning Center, we firmly support the District
Mission, “Educating our students . . .to achieve their maximum potential.” Through
the use of technology, differentiated instruction, project based learning,
current teaching strategies and staff development, our faculty is able to
implement lessons that successfully meet the diverse needs and learning styles
of all of our students.
Principal of Sycamore Drive