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Enrollment now open at new STEAM preschool in Pleasanton

4 open house sessions to be held this month ahead of Jan. 4 opening of technology preschool

Enrollment is now open at a science and technology preschool that will open in January at the site of the Pleasanton Unified School District headquarters.

The preschool will host four open house events to provide parents with more information.

The Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Math (STEAM) preschool will open Jan. 4.

The informational events will be Nov. 12 from 4-6 p.m., Nov. 14 from 1-3 p.m., Nov. 17 from 5-7 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 4667 Bernal Ave.

The program is run through Pleasanton Unified but not funded through the district. Tuition is $1,350 a month and there is an $85 registration fee.

The preschool will focus its curriculum on subjects students show an interest in pursuing, while still covering the important cognitive, social and emotional aspects of preschool, preschool lead Shannon Colacchia said.

"This type of preschool is really a progressive, innovative idea behind preschool," she said. "We're teaching children how to think outside the box, how to problem solve and how to seek out their own answers for things."

She said this preschool won't have age-old lessons of memorizing the alphabet but will expose them to literacy subjects by incorporating object names and written sentences into the curriculum, such as labeling tables with "table."

Students will have a big hand in choosing what subjects they pursue. If children go on a nature walk and find a bug or leaf they have a lot of questions about, the teacher might spend time answering those questions and following up with more lessons about nature, Colacchia said.

She said teachers will also focus on getting students to socialize and work together in groups to learn how to cooperate, manage conflict and compromise.

"A big part of our school will be the teachers and the language they use with the children," Colacchia said, including "how to speak to children to ignite their curiosity."

The preschool can enroll 48 children, and the school is open to all families, not just Pleasanton residents.

For more information, visit steampreschool.pleasantonusd.net or call 925-462-4700. Enrollment forms can be found on the website.

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