Junior Pups
Three Year Old Junior Pups

Junior Pups

33 months ~ 48 mos

In our Junior Pups Room, there is a strong focus on strengthening a child’s independent skills. This is the unique age where children are toilet training, want to do everything themselves, and are becoming more group focused during play. They are learning to communicate their wants and needs to others in words versus tantrums and fits.

Teachers encourage a child’s self help skills by teaching them manners, how to dress themselves, and how to communicate, along with many other things. As well as teaching independence, Junior Pups preschool is also very educationally focused.

Their daily schedule is consistent each day, and includes activities such as free play, a circle time, and teacher led centers. The curriculum in this room is project approach, Reggio- Emila inspiration,  and includes such skills as the alphabet and sounds that correlate, recognizing words and names, numbers, shapes, colors, counting, simple patterns, and sorting.

Assessments are given by teachers to track this growth and areas of focus, while portfolios are kept for each child’s work. Teachers encourage children in all areas, to help with growth and development.

Daily Schedule

6:00-8:30       Arrival, breakfast, choice time

8:30-9:00       Outside or Gym

9:00-9:15       Wash hands and snack

9:15-9:30       Calendar, story and center review

9:30-10:30     Centers

10:30-11:00   Outside/ weather not permitting we will do music and movement inside

11:00-11:20    Small Group 

11:20-12:00    Lunch time, everyone stay sitting until everyone is finished.

12:00-2:00      Nap time, quiet time, listen to quiet music

2:00- 2:30        Table top centers

2:30-3:00        Wash hands for snack, wash tables, set tables for snack

3:00- 3:30       Story and small group

3:30-4:00        Outside or Gym

4:00-5:30        Combine with the 4-year-olds for outside/gym, large motor, group games and centers

5:30-6:00        Clean up, close down room.

Schedule may change due to the children's needs.

School Hours

Monday - Friday, 6 AM - 6 PM
Open year round. Closed on Major Holidays.

Fees and Tuition:

$155 weekly
$50 Registration

Meet the Teachers:

Lead Teacher: Theresa Pittington

Mrs. Pittington is a certified elementary teacher with additional training in early childhood education and human services.  She is the mother of a seven-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl. She has been with Eaton Rapids Public Schools for ten years and has lived here for her whole life. In 2005, she helped to start the K-Care Program and worked there for the six years of it's existence.  She has one year in the Pre-School Room and has loved every minute of it! She looks forward to another year, as well as meeting the children and their parents.


Assistant Teachers: Janet Roush

Janet Roush has worked at GELC for 16 years.  In addition to the many children that she has watched grow, she has two children of her own - Chris and Tracey.  One of the things that she enjoys about her job is having conversations with the kids because you just never know what they are going to tell you!