Dear Parents and Guardians:
Welcome to AIS! My name is Monica de Dios and I am the principal of our Early Childhood Program. I am thrilled to bring my extensive background - spanning from Early Childhood to High School and including Montessori certification and degrees in Counseling with a specialization in Family and Childhood Trauma - to my work in the Early Childhood Program each day.
At the Early Childhood Program, we are thrilled to welcome our youngest learners to their home away from home. As educators, it is our responsibility to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed in school and to fully prepare them for being a part of our community moving forward.
Our exceptional teachers are what make our program unique. We plan our activities using the Creative Curriculum as our base. Every activity is fun, meaningful, and purposeful. If you visit our classrooms, you might see our Toddlers enjoying the wonderful world of bags or balls of all shapes and sizes. You could experience our Pre-kindergarteners planting seeds in the edible garden and cooking in our kitchen. You might see the kindergarteners enjoying a session of book exploration at the library - learning how to read and write in English and Spanish at the same time!
We make sure that all parents are part of their child's school life. Parents are welcome to chat with teachers at drop-off or dismissal, work as classroom volunteers and field trip chaperones, and join our Parent Teacher Organization. Throughout the year we invite parents to lead group activities where we share different cultures, traditions, music, and delicious food! Our little ones love having their parents participate in their school life and look forward to attending school every day!
Monica de Dios.