Welcome to Gesell Institute where believe in the power of play and natural learning experiences to help young children gain knowledge and understanding. In our program at UW-Stevens Point, we offer 3-year-old preschool in the morning and 4-year-old kindergarten in the afternoon through the Stevens Point Area Public School District.
Room 124 College of Professional Studies Building
1901 Fourth Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481
Classroom Phone: 715-346-2655
District Phone: 715-345-5456
Registration for 3-year-old Preschool is through the Stevens Point Area Public School District. Complete forms and return to Bliss Educational Services Center. Enrollment is $600/year.
Registration for Four Year Old Kindergarten (4K) is through the Stevens Point Area Public School District. Register online or visit Bliss Educational Services Center.
For collaborative community based early childhood programs to be successful, we believe …
The Stevens Point Area Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, pregnancy, parental status, arrest or conviction record, membership in the military reserve, religion, political beliefs or affiliations, citizenship, use or non-use of lawful products off school premises during non-working hours or any other factor prohibited by law. Discrimination on the basis of age, sex or other requirements constitutes a bona fide occupational qualification necessary to the proper and efficient operation and administration of the school district. The director of Student Services is the district’s compliance officer. If you have concerns, please call 715-345-5454.
The program is developmentally based, utilizing several principles set forth by Arnold Gesell.
Other theories upon which the program draws include those of Erik Erikson, Lev Vygotsky, and Jean Piaget. These theories provide us with a set of developmental expectations which allow us to plan appropriate activities and develop behavioral guidelines for children
Based upon the theories and principles of Erikson and Piaget, six goals have been established. Activities for all children are directed toward meeting these goals:
Students at the Gesell Institute now have a space where they can learn about the importance of food from growing their own garden to preparing meals in a kitchen.
Education is made fun when taught through foods. The Rose and Don Petersen Hands-On Learning Lab promotes positive growth through activities such as:
Rose ’57 and Don Petersen were instrumental in the redesign of the Gesell Institute and creating the Rose and Don Petersen Hands-on Learning Lab. Learn more about Rose’s legacy or find out how you can make a gift to support the Gesell program.