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The First Step and Second Step preschool program sponsored by Clarion University's Office of Continuing Education is now accepting registration for the 2014-2015 school year, which begins September 2014. First Step, for children three years of age, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Second Step, for children four years of age, meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Classes are located on the second floor of the VFW Building on Liberty Street. For registration information, contact Continuing Education at 814-676-6591, Ext. 1273.  

First Step (ages 3 and 4)

To fulfill our First Step objectives, we incorporate a variety of activities into each session including songs, finger plays, flannel board stories and our daily circle of sharing time. The children enjoy a nutritious snack each day, as well as have time for independent play.
Throughout all of our activities we encourage, but do not force, the children's participation. Our staff at First Step is committed to making your child's first educational experience an enjoyable and memorable one.

First Step is for children age three and four who will be eligible to attend kindergarten in two years. Children enrolling in First Step must be three years of age by Sept. 1, 2013.


The schedule for First Step is:

9 - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
$570/per academic school year
or prorated at $9.25/day

Second Step (ages 4 and 5)

Time is allowed for social interaction and self-selected activities from among a variety of learning areas, including dramatic play, blocks, building activities, sand table, puzzles, books, art and music. Children are expected to be physically and mentally active.
The environment is prepared for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials. Our classes are planned around topics or units. We use these as central themes and branch out to incorporate language arts, communication skills, arts and crafts, songs, finger plays, poems and large and small muscle activities. We advocate both whole group and small group instruction. Through positive guidance, we encourage the child to develop listening skills and learn to follow directions.

Second Step is for children age four and five who will be eligible to attend kindergarten the following year. It is not necessary to have attended First Step before attending Second Step.


The schedule for Second Step is:

9 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

$802/per academic school year
or prorated at $9.25/day

The schedule for Extended Second Step is:

9-11:30 a.m.
Monday - Friday
$1,372/per academic school year
or prorated at $9.25/day

For further information or registration for the 2014-2015 school year, contact the Office of Continuing Education at 814-393-1273


About the Instructors

Chrissy Boryenace holds teaching certifications in special education, reading, math, science and English. She is currently completing a second master's degree program in literacy. She has worked with various student populations both in the U.S. and abroad with the U.S. Peace Corps.

Mrs. Sharon Dunn is our preschool assistant with both FIRST STEP and SECOND STEP. Ms. Sharon has a Bachelor's of Science degree from Clarion University in Business Administration. She operated a home childcare facility for five years prior to her employment with First and Second Step Preschool. Ms. Sharon has an excellent working relationship with our instructor, the students, parents, and this office. She excels in engaging young learners through science experiments, mathematics, art, and learning centers as well as facilitating development of social skills, independence, and language acquisition. Ms. Sharon is also looking forward to the upcoming year and welcomes comments and questions from parents.

Note: The registration form must be completed and sent with a non-refundable $40 payment to Clarion University. Please mail to: Venango College of Clarion University Office of Continuing Education,1801 W. First St., Oil City, Pa. 16301.