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JOWONIO OPEN 2019 (click on the link for more information) ...
Every year we survey families about the experience they and their child have had at Jowonio. We want your feedback in order to improve our program. In addition, we hope to develop data ab...
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.