DIVERSITY / INCLUSION
Jowonio accepts students with a wide range of backgrounds, skills, and learning needs. We believe that children benefit from engagement with peers who bring a variety of interests and talents to the interaction. Teachers emphasize social inclusion as they plan and work to build a sense of community and social problem-solving.
WHOLE CHILD CURRICULUM
Using a combination of relationship, play-based, and experiential approaches, Jowonio teachers provide a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is adapted to meet the needs and interests of all students. We focus on the whole child, addressing all learning domains and styles of learning, with a particular focus on intentionally teaching social interaction and problem-solving skills. The daily schedule in each classroom is designed to include a balance of child-initiated and adult-directed activities throughout the day. The curriculum also incorporates many opportunities to celebrate creative expression through art, music and dance; the school layout includes multiple indoor and outdoor spaces for movement as well as an art studio and a library.
Jowonio is deeply committed to a team-based approach that includes a strong partnership with parents. Classroom teams include teachers, assistants, aides and support staff such as speech, occupational and physical therapists, and social workers. On-going mentoring, coaching and collaborative problem-solving is provided by experienced support teachers. We have a school-wide commitment to regular meeting times for planning and clinical discussions. In addition we have opportunities for parents to volunteer and engage with staff in two-way communication, through our website, e-mails, parent conferences, and/or home visits. Social workers offer individualized family support through respite, support and instructional groups, access to community resources, and crisis assistance.
Jowonio participates in a statewide quality rating and improvement system for child care programs entitled Quality Stars New York which supports program development, staff training, and purchasing of materials. Quality Stars has a set of standards based on best practice in early childhood, covering categories of Learning Environment; Family Engagement; Staff Qualifications and Experience; and Leadership and Management.
Jowonio submitted data about each area and an independent observer assessed our classrooms. Jowonio received five out of five stars.