The Tiny Turtles Preschool Program begin operation during the 2019-10 school year. Enrollment for the program is 40 students; we have two classrooms. A child must turn 4 years old by August 1st to be eligible for enrollment. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis and are accepted throughout the year. However, space is limited to the 40 students.
The Tiny Turtles Preschool Program Staff include: Program Director, 2 teachers, 2 paraprofessionals, and 2 part-time tutors, 1 security officer, and 1 food service handler. Busing is possible through the Belcourt School District bus transportation department and meals are provided by the Turtle Mountain Community High School lunch program.
TTPP teachers follow the North Dakota Early Learning Standards - Birth to Kindergarten. Students are provided a rich curriculum to include English Language Arts, Math, Art, Science, Physical Education, Cultural language and dance, and field trips. Parents are provided monthly Family Engagement activities to include presentations, literacy and art activities, games, and a meal.
TTPP Mission Statement:
To prepare the TTPP students for Kindergarten and beyond while providing a safe and nurturing environment that supports our children in developing the skills they need for a successful academic career.
TTPP Vision Statement:
Guided by high expectations and knowing that children learn at different levels and speeds, our preschool staff provide students with a wide array of educational and fun opportunities that help ALL children learn to the best of his/her abilities. We provide age-appropriate experiences through individual, small group, classroom instruction, and play to encourage growth and maturity for the whole child; cognitive, social and emotional, and motor skills.
We provide a safe and loving environment for each child. We encourage our students to be self-motivators, self-regulators, and problem solvers. Our children are surrounded by trusted, qualified adults who guide them to take responsibility for their learning success and teach them appropriate behavior as they work alongside their peers and teachers to become a successful, open-minded learner.
Parents are an integral part of our program and it's success. We actively seek out, encourage, and welcome our parents to be a part of their child's TTPP educational experience. We support parents knowing that they are their child's First and Best Teacher.