Programs

Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center recognizes the need for developmentally appropriate early learning programs. Quality programs make a critical difference in the success of children.

Opportunity offers comprehensive school readiness training, fine and performing arts, recreation, health and nutrition, social development, and field-trip enrichment specifically designed to prepare under resourced children to begin public school on equal footing with their classmates.

We are accredited by the National Accreditation Commission and have received a Gold Seal of Excellence from the Florida Department of Children and Families.  Opportunity is a Strong Minds Network Provider for the Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.


Academics & Literacy

Fifty years of clinical research confirms that vital learning happens before age five. Opportunity follows a flexible research based curriculum to support each child’s academic growth.  Learning activities combine child-initiated exploration with curricular support that encompass all domains of development.

  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Physical
  • Language
  • Cognitive
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science & Technology
  • Arts

Classroom Technology

Children experience active learning through a variety of developmentally appropriate practices in center-based classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art materials and equipment.

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline integrates social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation so teachers spend less time managing behaviors and more time teaching vital life skills. This program utilizes everyday events rather than an external curriculum  and addresses the adult's emotional intelligence as well as the child's. The children learn to respond to potential conflicts in a way that transforms the conflict into a learning opportunity.


Developmental Screenings

Developmental screenings are used to identify potential health or other developmental issues or advanced challenges. Opportunity uses these screenings as tools to provide,referral and intervention assistance.

Early identification of developmental disorders is critical to the well-being of children and their families. Working together, parents and teachers can create individual strategies to address a child’s needs, potentially changing the direction of a child’s future.


Early Childhood Wellness

This on-site early intervention program focuses on increasing the ability of children to grow, develop and learn in ways that enhance their physical, social and emotional health. The aim of these services is to diminish or eliminate the barriers to learning caused by social/emotional challenges particularly those inherent in at-risk groups.


Field Trips

Opportunity field trips include locations that cultivate leaning and offer new experiences to our children.  Our field trips provide students with a link to the concepts being taught in the classroom.

Field Trips include: 

  • Ann Norton Sculpture Garden - Literacy days and Festival of Trees
  • Butterfly World
  • Calypso Bay Water Park
  • Disney on Ice
  • Florida Oceanographic Society
  • Kravis Center - Children’s performances such as Curious George & Sesame Street Live
  • Loggerhead Marine Life Center
  • Society of the Four Arts Children’s library
  • The Palm Beach Zoo

We would like to send a special thanks to Meredith Michener for making these activities possible.

In-House activities:

  • Magician
  • Puppeteer
  • Sing-a-long with Mr. Myers (aka Mickey Mouse)

Student Collaboration with:

  • Cardinal Newman
  • Discovery Day School
  • Palm Beach Day Academy
  • Rosarian Academy
  • The Benjamin School

Fine Arts

We encourage our students to satisfy their sensory curiosity and discover their talents which builds the foundation for all areas of learning.

Our fine arts program includes:

  • Visual Arts
  • Music Together
  • Movement 

Healthy Me

As part of our mission to nurture the whole child, Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center promotes the physical and mental health of our students in partnership with their families.  We serve breakfast, lunch and snacks each school day to keep hunger from impeding a child’s ability to learn and thrive. 

Balanced Meals

Participation in the USDA's Child Care Food Program for preschools enables us to provide well-balanced nutritious meals and snacks and to meet the My Plate requirements for young children.

Equal Opportunity

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S.. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Kindergarten Readiness

Opportunity believes that one of the most critical developmental domains in preparing children for kindergarten is social emotional development.

Feeling comfortable and confident in a classroom setting is vital for successful learning. Being a productive member of small or large groups allows children to learn in varied situations and prepares them to become leaders.

Reading readiness is a critical academic component for,kindergarten entry. The curriculum addresses the need for high quality education to prepare children for kindergarten and lifelong learning.

Quality preparation instills a love for learning and sets Opportunity children on a path for future success.


Music & Rhythm

At Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center, we recognize the positive effect music has a on a young child's development. New research shows that music can influence young children’s cognitive skills such as spatial reasoning, pattern recognition, mathematics, and memory.

Children enjoy making music with others, it gives them a wonderful feeling of belonging to the group. Children who might have difficulty joining in activities with others because they are shy, have limited English ability, are language delayed or special needs, freely participate when it comes to a music activity.


Outreach Services

Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center has forged key relationships with strategic community partners and support agencies to collaborate in critical areas to deliver no cost support services for our families to promote self-sufficiency.

We support the families by providing case navigation and referrals to support access to employment opportunities, support for income tax preparation, credit counseling, homeownership, educational/vocational counseling, benefits navigation, nutrition education, health services, food and shelter, human resource development and technical support. Membership and participation in key resource organizations allows us priority access for our families.


Parenting Skills Training

The first adults children are exposed to are their parents.  Since early childhood development (ages 0-6) is a period of fast growth and development, it is critical for parents to promote all aspects of learning for their children; social, emotional and physical.  The program teaches parents the skills they need to help them on their parenting journey. Monthly parenting classes are held with complimentary babysitting services to encourage and facilitate full participation.


Project STEAM

Opportunity Early Childhood Education & Family Center has been selected as one of 3 schools in Palm Beach County to participate in a PNC Foundation funded grant addressing STEAM: Science; Technology; Engineering; Arts; Mathematics program.  As part of PNC’s Grow Up Great, early childhood education initiative, this 3-year grant will enhance access to arts and science resources for hundreds of pre-k students, their families and early childhood educators in communities throughout Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

Project partners include Palm Beach State College, Family Central, South Florida Science Museum and Young at Art Museum. 


Science

Opportunity includes a variety of science activities into the daily curriculum. The activities provide an avenue for hands-on exploration and discovery. Children use all five senses for learning and develop a foundation of critical thinking skills. Literacy and mathematics concepts are incorporated into the science activities. The curriculum is enhanced with field trips that support the classroom teaching.