Preschool - Building Blocks 3's
Registration is Open for the 2022-2023 School Year
Regular Hours of Operation
School Day - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Extended Day - 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Gilbert Public Schools is proud to offer Building Blocks Preschool, a full day preschool program that allows your 3, 4, or young 5-year-old firsthand experiences of what it means to be a student. Our uniquely designed curriculum, based on the AZ Early Childhood Standards, helps create a foundation for your young student to build upon as they move towards their school career.
Within the 3’s program, students will engage with specially designed, curriculum-based material. By utilizing circle time students are introduced to letters, numbers, colors, days of the week, months, and weather. While using a small group setting, our 3-year-old's complete six learning centers a day. In between learning centers are lunch, rest time, and exploration play. The day begins and concludes with a structured based play which focusses on socialization. Children must be 3 years old by August 31st and independently toilet trained.
Building Blocks will provide a full healthy breakfast for those families choosing the extended day option. Family style snacks will be provided to all students. Building Blocks’ students will be eating in the school cafeteria. Although lunch will not be provided, the student will be enrolled in the school lunch program so they may purchase a hot lunch.
All programs are licensed by Arizona Department of Health Services. Staff will participate in a minimum of 18 hours of professional development each school year.
The Building Blocks Program is a Monthly Tuition Program. The cost is based on the days selected for the entire school year, then broken down into 10 equal monthly payments. Three Schedules are available for parents to select during the registration process - Full Time Monday - Friday, Part Time 3 Days per week - Monday, Wednesday & Friday or Part Time 2 Days per week - Tuesday & Thursday. Parents must commit to a schedule and maintain it throughout the entire school year.
Building Blocks Curriculum
We believe academics and social development are intertwined, and that curriculum is a living, growing aspect of preschool. We have a commitment to each school’s design and firmly believe that this commitment is crucial to our students’ success. We begin by understanding that every student is different. We focus on using each student’s strengths to build upon those areas that need developing. Learning is applied through academics and exploratory play. These activities can be child-directed or teacher directed. With a fluid schedule, teachers are then able to assess transitions and begin to build a foundation tailored to each individual student.
AZ Early Learning Standards is the framework to our curriculum, and it is annually accessed to ensure best practices. The Building Blocks’ module is influenced by kindergarten standards and is collaborative with kindergarten teachers. Fundations and sight words are introduced through 4 small-sided learning centers and 3 large group centers based on weekly themes with built-in “Brain Breaks” between learning centers. “Brain Breaks” are equally important both inside and outside of the classroom with opportunities for PE, Library, Music, Art, etc. Building Blocks passionately encourages school involvement through fun runs, assemblies, school pictures, spirit weeks, and other fun site-specific activities.
Dates Building Blocks 3's is closed
September 5, 2022, Labor Day
October 3-14, 2022, Fall Break
November 11, 2022, Veteran's Day
November 23-25, 2022, Thanksgiving Day & the days before and after
December 21-30, 2022 & January 2-3, 2023 for the Winter Break Holidays
January 16, 2023, Martin Luther King Day
February 20, 2023, President's Day
March 13-24, 2023, Spring Break
April 7, 2023, Spring Holiday
Last Day of School and following day, May 25-26, 2023
Memorial Day, May 29, 2023
2022-2023 School Year - date closures will be listed in the Preschool Parent Handbook 2022-2023, see below.
Monthly Tuition & Fees
$35 Registration Fee
School Day (8:00am–3:15pm)
Tue, Thurs: $392.00/month
Extended Day (6:30am–6:00pm)
Tue, Thurs: $440.00/month
GPS School District Employees receive a 25% discount on tuition. Employment verification required.
2022-2023 School Year - Registration fee and a security deposit of $100 through May 31, 2022 will be due at time of registration. The remaining balance for the first scheduled tuition is due by July 25, 2022. Registrations received on June 1, 2022 and after are required to pay the registration fee and the first scheduled tuition payment at the time of registration. The registration fee, security deposit and 1st month tuition paid during registration are NON-REFUNDABLE, no exceptions. The security deposit will be applied to the first scheduled tuition payment.