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Young Fives

Our Program

The Young Fives program at the Greendell School is offered to children who are eligible for kindergarten but are not ready to enter kindergarten. The program is designed for children who exhibit signs of immaturity or youngness that may prevent them from succeeding in kindergarten and future school years. Parents participate one day a week in the classroom and attend monthly discussion sessions in the evening.

The Young Fives curriculum was designed specifically to prepare young children to be successful in kindergarten in all areas of their development especially focusing in on the social-emotional area. During the first five years of life, children’s development can vary greatly. Offering students this year as a ‘gift of time’ enables them to enter kindergarten fully ready.

Families apply for the program and children are enrolled based on an observational screening process. Parents first take a tour of the Young Fives program and applications are available after the tour. Young Fives tours begin in late November and interested families can call the office to schedule a tour. The observation day for prospective Young Fives students is held in mid-February. (Please note: children who are age-eligible for Transitional Kindergarten may also enroll in Young Fives, if the Young Fives program is a fit for the child and their family).

Our Mission

For children:

  • To build confidence
  • To prepare them for kindergarten
  • To love learning and school

For families:

  • To understand  four and five-year-olds and their development
  • To be involved in their child’s education
  • To build community


Young Fives Schedule

Monday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm

Extended Day 12:30pm-1:30pm

  • Students attend extended day either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday
  • Extended day begins in early October