Why Essex? Center for Technology Essex Preschool

Interview with Lissa Bogner, Preschool Supervisor

Tucked in the back of the Essex High School building is the Center for Technology Essex (CTE) preschool.  The CTE preschool is a state-licensed, Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool. This philosophy from Italy encourages children to explore and investigate many of their interests by providing an environment rich in materials.  The children at the preschool spend their days reading, playing outside in the playground, and roaming around the extensive play area in the classroom space.  Children are also able to take field trips to explore other CTE classrooms, such as the auto shop, cosmetology, and natural resources program.  

For the 2019-2020 school year, CTE is planning on increasing the number of hours children attend the preschool, both to give the high school students more hands-on experience and to allow for additional learning and socialization time for the preschoolers.  The CTE preschool will be operating from Tuesday-Thursday from 10 AM-1:30 PM.  Parents are welcome to sign their children up for any combination of days.  The tuition is $10 per day, and financial aid is available.   

Here is what one parent had to say about her child's recent experience at the CTE Preschool, “My son attended the CTE part day preschool with Lissa Bogner when he was 3 and then 4. This was a program that gave structure to the day, provided stimulating activities, helped him practice resiliency and independence, and helped him bond with other children and with teachers.”

If you would like to learn more about the CTE Preschool, visit their website at https://www.ewsd.org/domain/1692.  Slots are still available for the 2019-2020 school year!  Please contact Lissa at lbogner@ ewsd.org to sign up!      

Why Essex? The high students that attend the center come from Essex and surrounding communities to learn about teaching young children. The preschool children also come from Essex and the surrounding areas to attend preschool. We love being part of the Essex community and watching as the preschool children grow and attend other schools! –Lissa Bogner

Why Essex? is a weekly(ish) column highlighting the people and places that make Essex an interesting and special place. Have an idea for the column? E-mail Darby Mayville at darby@ essexjunction.org.

Video Credits: CTE