By CRISTINE MEIXNER
WELLS -- Mountain Balance Preschool is opening soon in the former Perry's Store at 1414 Main St. here.
Parents are invited to bring their preschool age children to an open house Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to make bread, do circle activities and watch a puppet show. Owner Diane Young is currently accepting enrollment for January.
This new opportunity for children ages 2-1/2 to 6 has been in the works for over a year. That's how long it took for Young to get her licensing, permits and funding in place.
Young says she has a master's degree in both Elementary Education and Waldorf Education.
Families may send their child for the morning, from 8 a.m. to noon; or for the day, to 4:30 p.m., for $20 and $40 respectively. Children must be enrolled for at least two mornings a week.
As a state-licensed facility, Young says, "I am able to accept subsidy payments which low-income families are eligible to receive as assistance through the state."
Mountain Balance Preschool's schedule will run concurrently with the Wells school year, matching holidays and other school closings.
Young says her preschool is designed to meet the developmental needs of young children. "Children of this age learn best through hands-on activity," she explained, "and this first classroom experience serves as a bridge between home and school."
In keeping with this philosophy, the children will take part in many activities they might enjoy at home, such as cooking, baking, housework, gardening, seasonal crafts, playing and singing.
"I will also be providing food for the children," Young added. "All food will be healthy and homemade as well as organic whenever possible."
Young and her husband of 25 years moved here from Florida about 10 years ago, she says. She says she has taught in public schools, did GED tutoring for BOCES, and has worked for both Adirondack Arc and St. Jude's Retreat.