Welcome to Little Giants Preschool!

Our Mission: "Collaborate to Educate"

Belief Statements:

  • Play is the way children learn naturally. It helps them to develop in all areas.
  • An appropriate early childhood learning environment is safe and includes many hands-on experiences that invite children to investigate, learn, and share.
  • Teachers must use a wide range of teaching strategies, including both child-initiated learning and teacher-directed activities.
  • All children, including those with special needs and second language learners, can benefit from a developmentally appropriate preschool program.
  • When families are an integral part of a school program, children's self esteem and achievement are enhanced.
  • Social/emotional readiness is critical to children's success in school and in life and should therefore, be a main focus of the preschool program.
  • A print-rich environment that allows children to practice literacy skills in real-life experiences, along with purposeful teaching of key concepts, is the foundation of literacy learning in preschool.

Little Giants Preschool director named to state advisory group

Posted on Dec. 04 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Marion Community Schools is pleased to announce that Little Giants Preschool Director Kerri Wortinger has been appointed to the Indiana Early Learning Advisory Council.

ELAC works to ensure that children ages birth to 8 years and their families have access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education programs that keep children health, safe, and learning.

The committee was established in 2013 by the Indiana General Assembly. Committee members are appointed by the governor; the committee includes representation from the FSSA Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning, the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Head Start State Collaboration Office, early childhood education programs, the business sector and the faith-based community.

Wortinger was among three new appointees to the committee announced recently by Governor Eric Holcomb’s office, and four reappointments.

MCS is proud of Wortinger’s dedication to early childhood education, and we are pleased that she will have this opportunity and platform to advocate for expanded access to high quality preschool for all children and families. We know that high quality preschool provides a strong foundation for lifelong learning, and that for children in high poverty areas, like ours, that strong foundation can be life-changing.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Holiday program schedule set!

Posted on Nov. 27 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News It's that time of year again when our calendars start filling up with holiday plans!

And because we know our school holiday programs can take some logistical work for parents and families to attend, we've set the schedule now, so you can make plans early!

All Little Giants Preschool programs will be on Dec. 14 at the school where classes meet.

Here's the full schedule:

Frances Slocum Elementary:
  • 8 a.m. (in gym)
Kendall Elementary:
  • 8:30 a.m.
Allen Elementary (all in classrooms):
  • 9 a.m., Mikesell AM class
  • 9:30 a.m. Wilson class
  • 10 a.m. Reed class
  • 1 p.m. Mikesell PM class
Riverview Elementary:
  • 9:30 a.m. (in gym) 
Justice Intermediate School:
  • 9:30 a.m., morning classes 
  • 1 p.m., afternoon classes

Mark your calendars now, because we hope to see you here! 
 

YOU’RE INVITED: Fall Fest for area families! (10/3)

Posted on Sep. 20 2018 by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Originally posted Sept. 13, 2018

Calling all area families: YOU are invited to the annual Fall Fest hosted by Early Head Start and Little Giants Preschool - Head Start!

Join us for this fun festival that focuses on health and safety. This year's theme is "Community Super Heroes!"

The event will last from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Grant County Family YMCA, 123 Sutter Way, Marion. This event is open to all families in Grant and Blackford counties with children ages 0 to 12, and it is FREE!

Some of the features of the Fall Fest include
  • Door prizes
  • Kids activity area
  • Vendors
  • Hearing / vision / developmental screenings
  • Car seat check
  • Lots of community info
We hope to see YOU there!