PEER MODEL PROGRAMPeer models are children without special needs who are aged 3-4 and pre-kindergarten. Peer models are expected to be fully toilet trained and demonstrate age appropriate skills in the following areas: Communication, Motor Abilities, Social Skills, Behavior, and Academic Readiness.Center Grove accepts applications for peer models year round. These openings include: AM Sessions, 4 half-days, for 3-4 year olds, which run from 8:45-11:30 a.m. at a rate of $150/month; OR PM Sessions, 5 half-days, for Pre-Kindergarten Aged Students, from 1:00pm-3:45 p.m. at a rate of $180/month.The Developmental Community Preschool is located at Sugar Grove Elementary School. The AM Sessions run Monday-Thursday and the PM Sessions run Monday-Friday.What is a Peer Model?Peer models are children without special needs who are aged 3-4 and pre-kindergarten. Peer models are expected to be fully toilet-trained and demonstrate age appropriate skills in the following areas: Communication, Motor Abilities, Social Skills, Behavior, and Academic Readiness.
Center Grove's Development Community Preschool program is staffed by highly trained, certified teachers. The research-based curriculum is aligned to State Standards. Our staff is committed to your child’s academic, social, and emotional growth. Because the Development Community Preschool program is located at Sugar Grove Elementary, your child will experience a structured school setting, which provides the ultimate Kindergarten preparation.
The Development Community Preschool program provides hands-on, child-centered activities. Our teachers and staff collaborate with Sugar Grove's kindergarten teachers to help ensure your child's readiness.
MEET OUR TEACHERS
My name is Kelly Blakely and I have been teaching in Special Education for 6 years. I taught 5 years in Essential Skills at Maple Grove, prior to staying home with my children for several years. This is my second year back in the preschool classroom. I have a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Miami University and I am pursuing my master’s degree in Special Education with a focus in Early Intervention through Ball State University. My favorite book is Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
My name is Maureen Eley. This will be my 17th year teaching. I began my teaching career at Greenwood Schools in 2nd grade. After staying home with my girls for a few years I returned to teaching in a special education setting at DAMAR. I then worked for 1st Steps as Developmental Therapist where I realized how much I loved the early childhood population. Once my children were all school aged I returned to the classroom full time. When I am not school you can find me somewhere with family. My husband, Jeff, and I have three daughters who all go to Center Grove Schools. I am very blessed to part of the Center Grove Preschool Team.Ellyn Fisher
My name is Ellyn Fisher and I have 32 years of experience teaching special education, with 15 of those being spent in developmental preschool. I graduated from St. Joseph’s College in New York with a bachelor’s degree in special education. I also have an associates degree in early childhood. I love all books by Eric Carle, with The Very Hungry Caterpillar being my favorite!Melinda WilleyMy name is Melinda Willey and I have been fostering preschool minds for over a decade. I graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Exceptional Needs. Although I enjoy reading many books, my favorite books are picture books, with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault standing out from the crowd. I am passionate about teaching young children and watching them prosper.
If you have questions about the Peer Model program or are ready to enroll, please contact: Lisa Hardin, Special Services Secretary, Center Grove Schools, 317-881-9326, ext. 1678.