The Roost

The Roost Philosophy

Our philosophy in the Roost reflects the CNS philosophy of learning through play and exploration.
In the Roost we strive to provide an environment that is rich in opportunities for the children to explore and grow their social-emotional selves, thus providing a strong foundation for learning. In the Roost we provide the space, materials and guidance which will best allow the children to learn naturally through enjoyable activities, experimentation, and encouragement.
In the Roost a sense of community is very important as the children learn to identify and advocate for their individual needs, respond with empathy to their peers, resolve conflict and to find value in working together as a group.
Throughout our day we promote kindness, community, communication and independence using art, music, movement, games, books, creativity, mindfulness and the natural world. Through play and carefully curated activities, we work to prepare the Roost learners to confidently enter kindergarten at the end of the preschool year.

Our Daily Schedule

      • 8:30 - 9:00   Early Drop Off and Free Play Time
      • 9:00 - 9:30   Regular Drop Off and Free Play Time
      • 9:30 Circle Time to introduce Daily Activity
      • 9:30 - 10:30   Free Play Time
      • 10:30   Clean Up Time
      • 10:30 - 10:50   Circle Time with Group Activity
      • 10:50 - 11:15   Handwashing and Snack Time
      • 11:15 - 11:30   Snack Clean up and Reading
      • 11:30 - 12:00   Gross Motor Play
      • 12:00   Parent Pick Up

Kindergarten Readiness

At CNS, we strive to graduate Roost students who are confident, capable, and enthusiastic about the Kindergarten transition. Success in preschool and then Kindergarten is unique to each student, and we embrace that mentality. We think it is very important for children to be able to communicate their needs, wants and thoughts verbally, and be enthusiastic and curious about approaching new activities.

CNS is a community site that collaborates with the ICSD to provide quality pre-Kindergarten for 4-year olds. We invite you to read through  the â€˜Kindergarten Readiness’ document prepared by the Ithaca City School District:

Kindergarten Readiness