Cross Roads Preschool & Kindergarten has been serving the north central Phoenix area since 1965. The school is licensed and regulated by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services. Cross Roads follows the standards and guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). These two regulating bodies establish and oversee the compliance of a myriad of safety and educational standards based on research focused on the development and education of young children.
The Arizona Early Childhood Education Standards provide the curricular framework for the Cross Roads curriculum. These standards are based on research demonstrating an understanding of how young children develop and learn. The curriculum supports learning across both developmental and academic content areas. Each area has specific, measurable goals that are linked to early learning standards as well as future learning.
Within this curricular framework, a theme-based model is incorporated. These learning units are appropriate to the developmental level of the various age groups and allow for flexibility and adaptation by the classroom teachers to accommodate children’s interests, family cultures and needs. Basic and extended objectives are determined to correspond with the themes. This method provides for a sequential and progressive learning experience for each child.
Each age-level program is designed to prepare a child with the necessary skills to be successful at the next educational and developmental level. The Cross Roads curriculum is divided into four areas of development:
Social & Emotional
Physical & Self-help
Within these areas of learning, focus is placed on opportunities for expression and discovery: creative expression/art, language, math readiness, large and small group experiences, science, gross and fine motor skills, music, and dramatic play.
Uniquely Cross Roads
In addition to the outstanding curriculum and staff, Cross Roads offers an experience unlike other preschools.
Standard 4-Hour Day
Students are invited to a 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM school day. Parents and children needing more flexibility can take advantage of Early Care and/or After Care offered daily. Further customization is possible by choosing which days your child attends. For more schedule and program details, click here.
Music, Spanish and A.C.T.I.V.E Classes
Every week Cross Roads kids have special time set aside for music, Spanish and A.C.T.I.V.E. classes. This time truly enhances children's early learning experience. As of Fall 2016 we are fortunate to welcome the Music Together program to our school. This internationally recognized program provides a curriculum and comprehensive support to further enhance students' development through music. With a dedicated Spanish teacher students not only learn another language, they develop a preliminary understanding of another culture and the vast world around them. Sportsmanship, the importance of movement and physical development are highlighted in A.C.T.I.V.E. class in order to stimulate muscles and the brain.
Lunch with the Teachers
Lunchtime can be a great time to learn about food and manners as well as socialize with friends. Students are invited to bring their lunches every day and eat with their class before the school day is done (excludes Time for Two program).
Snack Provided Daily
Nutritious snacks are provided in all classrooms every day at no additional cost. A snack calendar is provided every month so parents know what their kids are eating. To see this month's snack menu, click here.
Safety is taken seriously at Cross Roads. Parents of children with a peanut allergy can breathe a little easier knowing that the entire school is peanut-free. Further food restrictions are addressed in individual classrooms based on need. To read more about our peanut policy, click here.
From Plant Day to the annual Kid's Fun Run, Cross Roads knows how to have fun. Through various school-wide classroom activities and events involving the whole family the school has truly built a community within a community. To see the event calendar, click here.