South Orangetown Central School District

In response to high demand, SOCSD’s Family Engagement Center will run Pre-K Playgroups twice monthly beginning in March. Previously offered as a single, monthly event, the Pre-K Playgroups were initially expanded to two, back-to-back, one-hour sessions each month this year. FEC Coordinator AJ Walker says that the decision to expand to two sessions twice a month was based on parent feedback.

“The playgroups are a great way for families with toddlers and preschoolers to connect,” Ms. Walker reports. “We’ve had strong turnout for both our 9:30am and 10:30am monthly sessions. Families asked to meet more frequently, so that’s what we’re going to do!”

Playgroups are open to South Orangetown residents with children ages 2-5 and meet in the FEC, which is located in Room 308 of South Orangetown Middle School, 160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt. Sessions are scheduled for 9:30am and 10:30am on each meeting date. Playgroups will meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month through the end of the school year, as follows:

  • March 6 and 20
  • April 3 and 17
  • May 1 and 15
  • June 5 and 19

Ms. Walker is developing themed programming for the upcoming playgroups. The March 6 sessions will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special craft and storytime. Advance registration is encouraged, but not required. Parents and guardians may email Ms. Walker ([email protected]) to let her know that their family plans to attend a playgroup session.

For incoming kindergartners, playgroup participation is one way to ease the transition to a new routine. “Children are already meeting and socializing with each other, so they’ll recognize friendly faces when they start at William O. Schaefer Elementary School in September,” notes Ms. Walker.

Family Engagement Center