While many organizations are scaling back resources and consolidating staff, the Newton Community Service Center expanded its preschool program by adding a classroom and more teachers this fall.
The nonprofit organization decided to grow its preschool enrollment based on a survey conducted last spring. The results of the survey were strong enough to conclude that parents wanted and needed the preschool expansion, said William H. Garr, president and CEO of the Newton Community Service Center.
“I think our parents here are very excited about our expanding, because they believe in what we do,” said Garr. “We are a good mission organization. We think we have a fantastic product and we take care of the community.”
Fifteen additional spots were added to the 65 spaces from last year. The Center hired three teachers as a result of the expansion.
No matter the financial status of the family, Garr said the center will not turn a family away if they cannot pay tuition for the preschool.
“We don’t like to say no to anybody. We find a way,” said Garr. “In this economy you have to. That’s what a community does. We take care of each other.”
Play is a strong component of the preschool education, said Lonnie Schroeder, senior director of early education and child care. Children mimic what they learn through play, she said.
“It’s not that we ignore academics. That idea of good mental health and good social and emotional growth is important,” said Garr. “They forget very quickly how to play. We very much promote that in a very constructive and interactive way.”