Preschool Preview Day at Darlington Arts Center

Preschool Preview Day
Thursday, April 24 at Darlington Arts Center

 Preschoolers recently performed “The Cherry Tree” as part of a unit on Nature. Students read the book, learned about Japanese culture through traditional songs and dances, and acted out the story for parents and friends.
(Pictured, L-R: Sophia Lai, Aisling Donahue, Lauren Lucas, Grace Lucas, and drama teacher Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale)

Darlington Arts Center invites families to preview Darlington Preschool, an arts-integrated Preschool program, on Thursday, April 24 from10:30am – 11:30am. Parents are encouraged to bring their children and experience first-hand how an arts-based curriculum can build a strong foundation for young learning.

Children will participate in a morning of arts-integrated lessons with Darlington’s Preschool teachers while parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers, tour the facility, and ask questions about the curriculum. Parents are also welcome to stop by Preschool Open House every Thursday and Friday through the end of the school year, from 10:00 am – 12:00pm.

Spaces in the 2014-2015 Academic Year are open. By attending Preschool Preview Day, families will receive a $10 coupon. Please RSVP to

Darlington’s arts-integrated preschool program is based uniquely in “Learning Through the Arts.” Emphasizing creativity, imagination, exploration, and active participation, the program helps students develop critical comprehension and memory skills through music, art, dance, and drama. Students benefit from multi-week units of core curriculum developed by a certified teacher, traditional preschool activities including circle time and outdoor play, high-quality arts-based learning activities with professional Teaching Artists, and learning responsibility and cooperation by working with peers. For more information, visit

Recent studies show the power of engaging in the arts on a student’s academic success and personal development: In a 2009 study by West Chester University psychologist Eleanor D. Brown, children in an arts-integrated preschool produced “more positive emotions such as interest, happiness and pride, and greater growth in emotion regulation across the school year.” In addition, students who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement than their peers (Americans for the Arts).

Darlington Arts Center is located at 977 Shavertown Road, Garnet Valley, PA. It is convenient to Delaware, Chester and New Castle counties, less than a mile east of Rte. 202, just south of Rte. 1, and 1¼ miles from the Delaware state line. For questions or directions, please call (610) 358-3632 or visit