About our Program:
The Dobson Mini Mustangs Child Development Center is a high school lab preschool serving the needs of young children ages 3-5, as well as the high school students enrolled in the Education Professions Program in the Family and Consumer Sciences Department.
The preschool-aged students are involved in learning several Kindergarten readiness skills such as numbers, math, alphabet, writing, cutting, problem-solving, calendar and self-help skills. We also use the AZ Early Learning Standards, Kindergarten AZCCRSS, and Teaching Strategies to guide our curriculum.
As a component of our program, the high school students do observations, plan and teach lessons to the preschool-aged children under the supervision of our professional staff. The center provides a supportive environment in which the students may refine child development skills, employability and human services skills learned in their coursework. The program is full of great interaction for both the preschoolers and “big kids” (high school kids) alike.
High school students may also be affiliated with the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and FEA (Future Educators of America) student organizations and attend leadership conferences.
Develop a positive sense of self-worth
Develop problem-solving skills
Develop large and small motor coordination
Develop intellectual curiosity about the world
Develop positive social skills, including cooperation
Develop respect for one’s own rights as well
as the rights of others
Develop self-expression skills
Develop language skills, both listening
Develop academic skills