Preschool program expands to offer drop-in service

The Steinbach Arts Council has expanded the Arts4Tots Preschool Program to include a new drop-in service. 

By Marianne Curtis

Parents of toddlers wishing to expose them to the arts on a part time bases are encouraged to take advantage of the newly expanded Arts4Tots Preschool Program. The Arts4Tots Preschool Program for ages 3-5 teaches early childhood development through Arts forms.

The program, which is offered by the Steinbach Arts Council has been expanded to offer a drop-in service specifically geared families requiring more flexibility and make it easier to fit their budget and time.

Shannon Neufeld, with the Steinbach Arts Council says the new program will benefit families.

“Our unique drop in structure is a new concept that will allow parents more flexibility and options to attend this creative program, making it easier to fit into their budget and time,” explained Neufeld. “It’s a great opportunity for parents to watch their children as they socialize with other tots and to see which learning centres or arts disciplines their children are attracted to.”

The Arts4Tots Preschool Program is a program that regularly gets visits from Professional dancers, actors, visual artists and music teachers.

“Parents love our arts focus, indoor and outdoor learning environments and field trips,” Neufeld added. “Our preschool is very diverse and every year our tots love to share their culture with everyone.”
Vicki Clayton has enrolled her daughter into Arts4Tots Preschool Program two years in a row.

“Some of my favorite memories are some of the field trips the Arts4Tots went on; they were really, really different,” Clayton says. She added that through the program she was able to see where her daughter’s interests lay so she could plan programming for her when she was old “We are getting a feel for what she likes.”

New this year, from October to December the preschool term program will be available on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3:30 pm. Parents can either drop off their child or stay and participate. It costs $75 for the term or a drop-in rate of $11 per day.
Call to register your child for the Arts4Tots Preschool Program at 346-1077.


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