It is the mission of the Pleasant Ridge Preschool Program to provide a safe and enriching environment to children while fostering inclusion and continuity. It is our belief that a growing need exists to build self-confidence, school readiness skills, and social skills in young children before their first formal educational experience. It is the hope of the Pleasant Ridge Preschool Program that pre-kindergarten children will be provided with opportunities that will encourage a love of learning. We believe that each child is unique, with an individual pattern and timing of growth, as well as an individual personality, learning style, and family background. Both the curriculum and adult interactions with children should be responsive to these individual differences. Learning in young children is the result of interaction between the child’s thoughts and experiences with materials, ideas, and people. These experiences should match the child’s developing abilities, while also challenging the child’s interest and understanding.