Building Bridges 4 Children (BB4C)
4 Year old Kindergarten Program
Program Director- Therese Wetherington
Building Bridges 4 Children (BB4C), the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District's 4-year-old early learning program, is a public preschool for any child in the district who is 4-years old on or by September 1st.
The BB4C calendar follows the public school calendar and offers 3 hour sessions Monday through Thursday. Morning sessions are held between 8-11:05am, while afternoon sessions run from 12-3:05pm. District bus transportation is available for all children who do not use wrap-around care services.
The district contracts or "partners" with community child care centers, Head Start, and the McDonell Area Catholic Schools to provide services at quality preschool facilities. Collaborating among partners makes services and resources accessible and equitable, decreases the number of transitions during the day for children and families, and supports the belief that "the entire community is responsible for growing our children."
Staffed by the partner sites, BB4C teachers are certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in Early Childhood Education and use developmentally appropriate curricula to help children learn. The Creative Curriculum, Second Step, and Learning without Tears provide a base from which appropriate practices for early childhood education are fostered and enables children to direct their own learning. The use of this curricular base also helps to build children's social and emotional health and well-being. BB4C staff implement Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards which are Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction standards that align with K-12 learning standards.