Project Excel Preschool is a collaboration between Monticello Central School District and Easter Seals. The program provides educational services for universal pre-kindergarten students of Monticello and classified preschool children from throughout Sullivan County. Project Excel offers include daycare classrooms, private tuition preschool, universal pre-k (integrated and non-integrated) as well as classes for children with disabilities (integrated and non-integrated).
Project Excel classrooms are bright, colorful, full of language development and language stimulation, nurturing and open to endless possibilities for student exploration and “hands-on” learning.
By providing students with ample opportunities to explore areas of their interest, the curriculum focuses on using the strengths of the students to build self-esteem and the important preschool skills of socialization, language development, academic readiness and motor development.
The staff consists of well-trained, experienced educators driven by the educational philosophy of the Monticello Central School District and the early childhood policies of Easter Seals. They strive to provide an educationally stimulating classroom environment enriched with positive behavior management strategies. In a Project Excel classroom, children receive developmentally appropriate pre-academic instruction. Daily opportunities to participate in learning experiences and activities such as art, music, and movement, help encourage children’s self expression. Guided socialization activities and exposure to high quality literature are also a part of the diverse curriculum. Additionally, there are opportunities for gross motor development, participation in simple cooking activities, exposure to science activities, and computer instruction.
Monticello’s Project Excel is fully approved by the NY State Education Department to provide special education services for infants, toddlers and preschool children. This approval also includes the certification to conduct education screenings and evaluations for children throughout Sullivan County. It is also approved by the Office of Children and Family Services to provide day care services for children. Applications and more information are available at Project Excel located at the St. John Street Education Center in Monticello, or by calling 845-794-4020. Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Scholarship information available.