In the Fall of 1974, Learning Time Preschool opened its first school, housed in the classrooms of a small local church. It was the goal of Learning Time to provide high quality educational programs for young children. The school began offering classes for three and four year old children who desired a part-time learning experience. Soon the program was expanded to include two year olds as well an extended day option. As family needs changed, many requested Learning Time to offer a full day program, with expanded hours. In 1988, my husband and I designed our first free-standing building near 91st and Meridian, and opened Learning Time North.
The school was designed to provide classroom sizes that exceeded the minimum state licensing requirements, a dining room, and a large muscle room. Rooms were designed to provide a warm, home-like environment, rather than a typical school setting. Classrooms were equipped to offer Language Arts, Creative Arts , as well as Large Motor Activities. Children had a home room, but were able to move throughout the day to the various classrooms to experience the specific activities offered in each area. Within the next several years, two additional locations opened, Learning Time West and Learning Time Geist. The schools now offer classes for Infants thru Five Year Olds, as well as both Before and After School care.
Today, exciting early childhood experiences remain the focus of our educational program. I continue to personally write the daily lesson plans for each classroom age group, and continue to search for new and exciting curriculum ideas. This fall, we are expanding our Creative Art experiences by opening our Art Studio, focusing on creative art activities. We are also initiating a new reading program, introducing a recently revised Letter People Program. Each week the children will look forward to meeting a new Letter Person who will focus on both letter and sound recognition. We are also introducing a new STEM lab, which will offer hands on science experiences for young children. We’re excited to present these new programs as we continue to maintain our reputation of offering a high quality educational program for young children. Jan Bisesi Ed.D.