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Early Childhood | Toddlers - Kindergarten

Toddlers | Two-year-olds
PreKindergarten 3 | Early-threes and Three-year-olds
PreKindergarten 4 | Four-year-olds
Kindergarten | Five-year-olds 

Lower School Head:  Trudi Buscemi 
Assistant Lower School Head - ECC:  Anna Boodoo

PYP Coordinator:  Lisa Vicencio
PYP Lead Teacher:  Ruth Piazza
Kindergarten School Day: 8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Preschool School Half-Day: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. [Toddlers & PreK 3]
Preschool Full-Day: 9:00 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. [Toddlers, PreK 3 & PreK 4]

Carrollwood Day School began as a preschool with a group of small children who asked big questions. In more than 35 years, that has not changed. Our early childhood program is still about asking big questions and nurturing a small child's curiosity and confidence.

One thing that has changed is our backyard.  It has become much larger. In fact it is global, which is why beginning with our early childhood program, our curriculum builds on the framework of the International Baccalaureate programmes. Beginning in preschool we introduce our students to inquiry-based learning as part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).  It is the first step in an international education that begins in early childhood and lasts a lifetime.


As a visitor to Carrollwood Day School’s Early Childhood Campus, the first thing you will see is toddlers through kindergarteners actively engaged in an environment created by warm and loving teachers. Look a little closer and you realize these are really young scientists, architects, authors, community leaders and more, hard at work practicing the skills necessary to become caretakers of the future.


CDS’s early childhood program builds on the children’s natural curiosity. Our teachers cultivate in them the desire and understanding necessary to continue to seek and use knowledge in an ever changing world. Our children learn new information through their desire to problem solve and to delve further into their world.


Early childhood specialists agree that learning is best achieved through play. Active involvement through play supports thinking, which helps children construct knowledge of their world. This is why our teachers are always involved with students, respecting their individual learning styles and developmental needs, assisting their continued investigation of a chosen topic, and asking open-ended questions to stretch their thinking and imaginations.

Character Development

We also know that our strong character development initiative is a major factor in our students’ beginning and ongoing success in school and in life. People who possess high morals and are confident in themselves are more likely to take intellectual risks and to become leaders. We build the foundation for children to think critically, to work together purposefully, to welcome any and all intellectual challenges, and to be come responsible contributing citizens.

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