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Deer Valley to start offering preschool classes

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

Children can now learn at Deer Valley year round.

In addition to their summer camp programs, starting on Sept. 5 the resort will open the doors to Deer Valley Academy, their new preschool.

"We’re very excited, it’s a great opportunity. We’re happy to be offering that," said Children’s Programs Manager Christie Delbridge.

Registration began earlier this month and will continue through the start of August. Ten of the available 29 spots have already been filled, said Delbridge.

"We know how many locals in this town are looking for high-quality care for their young children. We thought that with our experience, we could fill that need by opening a portion of the center to locals year-round," Delbridge said in a press release.

With waiting lists growing at local preschools, Delbridge told The Park Record that opening the academy was another service Deer Valley could offer to the community.

She said one thing that sets their preschool apart from others is not only the 7,000 square-foot facility but also the hands on opportunities the children will have. The students will spend a great deal of time engaged in outdoor activities, including a ski lesson once a week during ski season.

Delbridge said there were other things that set them apart as well, "I think it’s the Deer Valley difference. We have very small ratios, it’s theme-based activities the children will be doing, but still incorporating all of the academic components."

The academy is using the Exceed Preschool Curriculum which meets Utah educational standards.

Children will cover preschool basics from literacy, math, science, music and art.

Each day students will have a story time and art lesson. Cultural activities are also planned to help teach children about lifestyles and cultures outside of their own.

In addition to skiing, the students will participate in gymnastics and hiking and bouldering, all available at Deer Valley Resort.

"It’s very hands-on experiential learning for the children," Delbridge said.

For example, a math lesson might include each child picking two objects in the classroom and bringing them back to the circle. Students will explain how those objects are similar and different, then they will group objects together based on how alike they are.

"Our staff understands that children are diverse learners, develop at individual rates and achieve success by being exposed to experiences that promote learning, self-expression and creativity. Children will be encouraged to question, experiment, explore, take risks and assume responsibility. At Deer Valley Academy, each child will feel safe, nurtured and respected," Delbridge said in a press release.

The preschool year will be broken up into two semesters. The first runs from Sept. 5-Dec. 20 and the second runs from Jan. 3-June 8.

"In the future we hope to follow exactly the Park City calendar," Delbridge said.

The academy offers full-and half-day options. Parents can choose to register their child for Monday through Friday classes, Monday/Wednesday/Friday classes, or Tuesday/Thursday classes.

The morning session lasts from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. while the afternoon session runs from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Extended care is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Prices vary depending on how much time the child is enrolled for.

The preschool is open to students from 1 to 4 years old.

Registration materials are available in the Snow Park Lodge at the Summer Adventure Camp desk at Deer Valley. For additional information call: (435) 645-6522.


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