Welcome to Little Dragons Early Learning Program

We are #newpalproud to welcome New Palestine's 3 and 4-year-olds to our Little Dragons Early Learning Program! Please note: The Little Dragons program only runs at New Palestine Elementary School.  

In the Little Dragons learning community, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and community members collaborate to ensure a positive and safe learning environment while building a strong academic and social-emotional foundation for life-long learning

Our Early Learning Program is comprised of two different education offerings. CSCSHC is committed to Early Childhood Education by offering developmental preschool for 3 and 4-year-olds as well as Pre-Kindergarten programming for 4-year-olds.

Pre-Kindergarten Program

The Pre-Kindergarten programming is available for children who are 4-years-old on or before August 1. The Pre-Kindergarten curriculum will be developmentally appropriate for 4-year-olds. The emphasis will focus on Kindergarten readiness in areas including language development and personal/social growth. Classes will meet Monday through Thursday, with either an AM or PM placement. Transportation will not be provided. This is a fee-based program.

There is an extended school day program, PreK Plus, which is available for the remainder of a student half-day Monday through Thursday and all-day Friday (school hours only). This provides an all-day option of school for families. The fee charged for the PreK Plus program will be in addition to tuition and fees in the regular PreK program.

Before and after-school care is also available through the YMCA.  Any fee charged by the YMCA will be in addition to CSCSHC’s tuition and fees.  Registration questions should be directed to Makayla Bratton, mbratton@indymca.org.

To register your student for our PreK program, please follow these steps:

  1. Click this link for the pre-registration form. NOTE: At this time, we are only accepting students for the afternoon Pre-K program. There is no availability in the morning Pre-K program.

  2. You are required to provide your student’s birth certificate and immunization records to New Palestine Elementary, 4801 S 500 W, New Palestine, IN. You may email them to nloman@newpal.k12.in.us or bsellers@newpal.k12.in.us or drop them at the school.

  3. A $160.00 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  Parents may pay their deposit online by clicking this link or bring cash or check to New Palestine Elementary.  

  4. A locked drop box will be available at the front of our building beginning the week of March 1 for a secure drop-off of documents and/or payment. 

  5. Additionally, parents will need to set up a PowerSchool account and complete other online forms to finish the registration process. An email will be sent to you with instructions.  

  6. Your registration will not be accepted until all steps above are completed.  

Click here for an Information Summary of our Pre-Kindergarten Program. (Please read).

Developmental Preschool/Typical Peers Program (This program is not available to out-of-district students).

The Southern Hancock Little Dragons Developmental Preschool Program supports students who have been identified with developmental delays. The Developmental Preschool curriculum supports the achievement of early learning milestones for school readiness, including:

• Pre-kindergarten readiness skills (counting, sorting, labeling, matching, etc.)
• Social and emotional skills to facilitate play with peers and establishing classroom procedures
• Communication skills to support social interaction (turn-taking, sharing, asking and answering questions), functional skills (listening, following directions, making requests, responding to requests), and articulation of sounds;
• Gross and fine motor development to ensure students can navigate the school environment and develop pre-writing habits
• Self-help and independence

Our Developmental Preschool Program supports students with developmental delays by including 3 and 4-year-old "Typical Peers", who serve as age-appropriate models in the developmental preschool program, which is a fee-based program. For additional information about the Typical Peer program in our Developmental Preschool program, click here.

To register for Development Preschool or Typical Peers:

  1. If you believe your child may qualify for our Developmental Preschool Program, please contact CSCSHC Assistant Director of Student Services Rachel Briscoe at rbriscoe@newpal.k12.in.us.

  2. To inquire about placement in the Typical Peer program, please contact Preschool Teacher of Record Janet Antle at jantle@newpal.k12.in.us.  

  3. Do not use the online registration process for these programs.  Due to the evaluative process needed for these programs, you will need to contact Mrs. Briscoe or Mrs. Antle via email.   

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