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UNF Preschool

Our Environment

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Teacher with students sitting around her while reading a book

Accreditation

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Guiding Stars of Duval
Gold Seal Quality Care Program

Female student pouring water over a rock into a bucket

Curricula

Reggio-Inspired
Project-Based Learning
STEAM Focused

Students playing with rainbow colored toys on a color wheel

Enrichment Classes

We offer enrichment classes such as Spanish, Music and Soccer. We have a vibrant learning community at the University where we can offer these classes either in the Preschool or within the University's campus. 

Teacher with students watering plants

Small Class Sizes

Being NAEYC and Guiding Stars of Duval accredited the center maintains a low student to teacher ratio than the one specified by DCF.

Teacher: Child Ratios
UNF Preschool ratios: 1:9 for 2.5-3.5 year old and 1:10 for 3-5 year old
NAEYC ratios: 1:10 for 2.5-5 year old
GSOD ratios: 1:7 2 year old, 1:10 3 year old, and 1:11 for 4/5 year old
DCF ratios: 1:11 2 year old, 1:15 3 year old and 1:20 4 year old

A boardwalk on UNF's campus surrounded by trees

Outdoor Spaces

The Preschool is located at the of UNF's beautiful campus of nearly 1,400 acres includes a nature preserve and 11 LEED certified green buildings. The Preschool's location alone offers a unique setting for hands-on experiences that our children enjoy. Opportunities include exploring the Nature Trails and Ogier Gardens.

The UNF Thomas G. Library

Thomas G. Carpenter Library

Visits to the Thomas G. Carpenter Library make for wonderful afternoons at the Preschool where children can stop in for story time or tour of any number of art exhibits and displays on the first floor.

The UNF Step Lab

STEP Lab

The STEP (Solve, Tinker, Explore, and Play) Lab is a space that supports the work of university faculty and students, regional preK-12 teachers and students, and other entities. This work allows individuals to understand the complex nature of STEM concepts to construct new understandings for themselves. Our Preschoolers can see first-hand new technologies like robots, 3D printers, a place where they can build the foundations for STEM and coding skills in this fascinating one-of-a-kind resource.

Students playing with colorful computing toys

STEM Take-Home Kits

With the support of The Cummer Family Foundation, NEFSTEM has developed a unique engagement opportunity to familiarize parents to use STEM materials in open-ended activities at home with their preschool-aged children. The preschool Take-home Family STEM Toolkit Program will be implemented during the month of February 2021 at the UNF Preschool, and it will consist of four different toolkits during 4 consecutive weeks. It will expose young children to concepts in STEM using a collection of developmentally appropriate STEM tools and board books.

Carrots, cabbage, and other colorful veggies on a table

Snack

In our continued effort to provide the best quality of care and education to children, UNF preschool provides a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snack. we have partnered with Chartwells, UNF's Catering Company to provide freshly prepared snack on a daily basis for our students twice a day. We feel that by partnering with Chartwells we are able to provide a wider variety of healthy and nutritious snack options. The children love the wide variety of foods such as hummus, guacamole, granola, seasonal fruits, apple sauce etc. to name a few.