About Our Program
Our Preschool began in 2011 to serve a need for our families in our English as a New Language program run by the SBCSC's Adult Education Program. Our one-of-a-kind program is not only unique because of the many languages spoken by the children, or the five different dialects of Arabic, and not even because of the everyday changing curriculum according to the children’s interests: it is especially unique in that each of the families we have worked with has a story like no other. Over the past nine years we have served over 100 children from 20 different countries; Armenia, China, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Liberia, Mexico, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Ukraine.
We continue to serve families in our English classes while expanding our outreach to the rest of the South Bend community.
The preschool uses the HighScope Curriculum which is used in Head Start across America. The HighScope Curriculum emphasizes adult-child interaction, a carefully designed learning environment, and a plan-do-review process that strengthens initiative and self-reliance in children and young people. Our teachers and children are active partners in shaping the educational experience.
The Robinson Community Learning Center Preschool seeks to enhance the development of each child. The learning environment, activities, and daily schedule foster social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative development through hands on learning and play. We believe that each child is unique in their own way and has their own different and valuable experiences in life. We recognize that children learn, grow, and thrive in a positive, loving, respectful, and nurturing environment. Central goals of our program are the promotion of your child’s self-confidence and the development of a life-long love of learning. We are committed to providing all children enrolled with a multicultural curriculum that reflects the diverse background of our students.
It is our goal to help each child feel safe and secure in our Preschool. We strive to make the preschool experience an extension of the security that children feel at home with their families. We also strive to nurture the “whole child” through a variety of activities that are developmentally appropriate and allow the children to learn and grow physically and mentally, and expand their knowledge of the world through experience and interaction with others.
Because of COVID, we are limiting our enrollment to 10 children per session, and all children and staff wear masks. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about our cleaning and safety protocols.
For more information contact Jennifer Wittenbrink Ortega by email or at 574-631-9432.