About the Program
Kids Down South is South Eugene High School’s preschool program designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. The program provides experiences that enrich each child’s cognitive, lingual, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. All of this transpires within a very friendly environment where adults, teenagers, and children interact in a fun and healthy manner.
- Mindy Rimbey – Program supervisor and primary instructor…
- Eva Promen – B.S. in Early Childhood Education and Family Studies.
- Grace Schubert – B.S. in Elementary Education.
- Debi Strochlic – degree in Early Childhood Education and has a Montessori Certification.
High school students enrolled in Child Psychology and Advanced Child Psychology classes are also instrumental in the program and curriculum design. Their input is always encouraged, and they serve as teacher’s assistants in the preschool. Their involvement, supervised by the classroom instructor, enables us to provide a 1:2 ratio of “big people” to “little people”. In addition, several advanced students serve as leaders either in a paid or volunteer capacity, and at least one of these students is always in the classroom with the children.
All of our student staff love to work and play with children! They have a strong background in Early Childhood Education and have at least one year of teaching experience. A team approach composed of students, classroom teachers, and parents is used in designing instruction, activities, and curriculum.
- We accept all children from ages 2-5. Handicap access is available.
- Daily curriculum focuses on the importance and encouragement of self-esteem, social skills, and basic skills training.
- We place an emphasis on creativity through arts, crafts, music, and games.
- Opportunities for solitary play as well as group activities are provided. Foreign language instruction may be taught by teens in South’s language immersion programs.
- Within the center’s daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem solving skills, practice interpersonal skills, and learn concepts through first hand experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self- directed and teacher-directed activities.
- Our staff serves as positive role models, and provides care that is supportive, nurturing, warm, and responsive to each child’s individual needs.
- We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurture, and we believe parents and teachers are crucial partners in a child’s care and education.
- Intellectual, social-emotional, creative, and physical development
- Encouragement of self-esteem and social skills
- Affordable cost
- Comfortable, caring environment
- Half-day program
- Small academic groups
- Child-centered music program
- One staff member for every two students
- Bus line access to the U of O and LCC
- Snacks provided
- Lunch available
- Flexible schedule
Parents: Interested in learning more?
View/Download the parent_handbook here.