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The Collaborative Preschool

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The Collaborative Preschool

As a collaborative effort between JAM Early Education and Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School District, we desire to build a beautiful continuum of education in Garrett starting with a sturdy foundation in the formative early years which will provide children with tools that will last them a lifetime.

  • REQUIREMENTS: Children must be three years old and independently using the restroom to enroll in this program.
  • CAPACITY: Our preschool classroom can accommodate 20 children.
  • REGISTRATION: A non-refundable registration fee of $40 is due annually at the time of registration along with all required paperwork.
  • LOCATION: Our classroom is located in the JE Ober Annex and families will enter through door 2.

Our Preschool Plans

Summer Session: June-August | School Year Session: August-May

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Plan A

Monday-Friday: 7:00 am-4:00 pm


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Plan B

Monday-Friday: 7:00 am-11:30 am


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Plan C

Monday-Friday: 8:30 am-11:30 am


With this option, transportation is available for families living outside the school’s self-transport area during the school year session.

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Meal Options

PAY FOR MEALS: GKB will be serving breakfast and lunch. If you wish to purchase meals for children you may sign up at the GKB website under Food Services, and click on SEND MONEY TO SCHOOL. You may also send money in an envelope, labeled with your child’s full name. The cost for breakfast is $1.50 and the cost for lunch is $2.50.

APPLY FOR FREE/REDUCED MEALS: If you already have a qualifying GKB student your preschooler will automatically be qualified.

The cost for reduced breakfast is free and reduced lunch is $0.40. To pay for meals you may send money in an envelope, labeled with your child’s full name or sign up on the GKB website under Food Services, and click on SEND MONEY TO SCHOOL.

PACK MEALS: If you decide to pack meals, please send cold meals that can stay fresh in your child’s lunch box. If you choose this option your child you must send breakfast and lunch, unless your child is eating breakfast at home before arriving. We recommend healthy options that include main components: protein, fruit, vegetables, and dairy, no sugary snacks such as cupcakes, fruit snacks, fruit roll ups, etc.


JAM Early Education educates children by giving them hands-on activities and real experiences, allowing children to find meaning in the work they do and increasing their depth of learning. We teach children by starting with a simple idea (such as putting on their shoes) and moving into more complex concepts (tying their own shoes). By teaching this way, we create an interest for the child to know more about a topic and grow to fully understand it.

Each child is recognized and valued as a unique individual with a capacity for growth and development. Each child is guided to develop in all areas - emotionally, socially, creatively, and intellectually - by offering opportunities that are the right fit for their current development.

All of our teachers participate in principle-based child development training, First Aid, CPR, and AED training and certification, and continuous direct training with our JAMEE Leadership staff to ensure the best care for your child. We support our teachers with ongoing review, coaching, and mentorship, and we encourage self-reflection, collaborative growth, and professional development throughout their employment at JAM.

We accept Brightpoint vouchers and offer multi-child discounts for full-time families. JAM also offers assistance in the form of scholarships.

To apply for a scholarship, visit the Welcome Center to fill out an application or click here. Scholarships are limited and are provided for families based on availability.

Join the JAMEE Waitlist

Please click here to add your family to our Early Education waitlists, including JAMEE, I14, or The Collaborative.