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Preschool Express hosts open house

Preschool Express will be hosting an open house to acquaint parents with the facility and for registration of students for the upcoming school year on Thursday, March 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Carolyn Cadwell is owner-instructor of the preschool located at 1222 6th St. E. in the lower level of Flame of Faith United Methodist Church.

Following eight years in the preschool teaching field, mostly in West Fargo, including two as a preschool director, Cadwell decided it was time to start her own school. "Having worked with preschool families in the past, this felt like a natural progression. I love being involved in the early education process, so I knew this would be the perfect fit."

In addition to her preschool teaching experience, Cadwell's background is filled with other educational endeavors. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education, taught seventh grade English, worked as a public school substitute teacher, and was a Huntington Learning Center tutor serving children from grades K-12.

She opened Preschool Express in September 2006, offering a variety of classes that conclude in late May, following the regular school calendar.

Sessions include: Blue Class Three Day program, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Red Class Three Day program, 12:30 to 3 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Green Class Two Day program, 8:45 to 11:15 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday; and Add-on Class Five Day program, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. The latter involves a condensed class time and is only available for children already involved in a three-day program. The three and five day programs are geared for four and five-year-olds; while the two day program is typically for three-year-olds.

Cadwell said the core of her program is structured around five main daily areas of learning: art, enrichment, music, rug time and play. All of the activities are designed to encourage creative expression including: music and movement, dramatic play, circle time jobs, science experimentation, learning games, story time, hands-on learning and food prep and tasting.

Preschool Express also offers a variety of special features throughout the year to complement regular classroom activity, including: field trips, guest speakers, holiday visitors, and special February Fathers and March Mom programs, where during these months moms and dads can stop in for the first hour of any one school day to be involved in their child's life in the classroom. On that same note, Preschool Express hosts a variety of family events like an art show/ice cream social, advisory meetings, conferences and a winter and spring program with graduation at the latter.

Cadwell said her philosophy at Preschool Express is to provide a program that meets each child's individual growth in all areas, by creating a learning environment that encourages children to express themselves through the activities they are involved in. "I strongly believe that your child's first school experience should inspire and ignite their desire to love learning and to explore new experiences." She noted that she doesn't want the whole preschool experience to be just about getting to know the children. "I feel very strongly about involving the whole family. I enjoy meeting and knowing the other family members, and I believe this makes for a much more rounded experience."

Cadwell herself is a parent who has three daughters, Louisa, a theater graduate from the University of Minnesota who is a teacher's assistant at Preschool Express; Justine, a student at St. Cloud State; and Desirae, a student at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead.

Cadwell said she owes a debt of gratitude to several individuals who were supportive in the opening of Preschool Express: Toni Muffenbier, her biggest cheerleader, who assisted her with many small business details; Pat Kukla, retired school teacher, who donated several teaching materials and conducts flannel time story hour once a month; Flame of Faith Pastor Mina Hall, who showed great enthusiasm for bringing a preschool into the church facility and arranged meetings to work out the details; and all the families she's had the privilege of working with through the years for spreading the word to others and for enrolling their own children.

She encourages everyone interested to visit her open house at Preschool Express and learn more about what her programs have to offer. The event promises to be a fun time, with project tables set up with activities for the children, door prizes to be given away, including a new backpack to any registering family, and refreshments served.

Inquiries about Preschool Express can be made by calling Cadwell at 701-219-9004.