Child Development and Day Care for 3 Year Olds

Three-Year-Old Care Room

During preschool, your child completes his/her transition from independent learning to a more structured environment. To encourage your 3-year-old to play with friends as well as learn a variety of subjects, we arranged our room to allow your child to move easily from one activity to another. Though your 3-year-old’s individual development is still important, this is the year that he/she begins to work in groups and you begin to hear about friends, art projects, and learned songs and stories.

A Structured, Fun Preschool Environment

Throughout our 3-year-old care room are teacher-guided learning centers which encourage your child’s natural curiosity. The subjects available to explore teach the fundamentals your 3-year-old needs to be a successful student

Academic Skills Developed Include:


  • Familiarity with numbers 1-10
  • Understanding of one-to-one correspondence
  • Ability to sort objects that are alike
  • Understanding of quantifiable terms such as full, empty, long, short, big and little
  • Knowledge of different shapes
  • Familiarity with colors
  • Ability to complete simple puzzles with 8-10 pieces.


  • Awareness of the five senses
  • Ability to observe objects and discuss their common traits
  • Creating hypotheses
  • Recognizing what is missing in a picture
  • Familiarity with different animals and how they move
  • Understanding that plants come from seeds and that they need water and sunlight to grow.


  • Paying attention for several minutes at a time
  • Listening and following two-step directions
  • Sitting still and listening to a story
  • Answering questions
  • Communicating needs and wants
  • Constructing simple, four- to six-word sentences.
  • Understanding pronouns
  • Repeating memorized songs, poems and finger plays
  • Telling stories
  • Making predictions based on pictures
  • Understanding and verbalizing his/her name, age and gender
  • Asking questions
  • Labeling family members, including mom, dad, sister, brother, aunt, uncle and cousin
  • Understanding the difference between letters and numbers
  • Tattling
  • Expressing fears


  • Recognizing his/her printed name
  • Spelling his/her first name correctly when given the right letters
  • Sequencing 3-4 pictures to form a story
  • Asking to be read to
  • Retelling a story from memory
  • Singing the “ABC Song”


  • Understanding that spoken words can be written
  • Drawing a face with its features in the correct places
  • Drawing a person as a stick figure
  • Drawing lines and circles
  • Exhibiting interest in drawing with different media