Early Education Program

Early childhood is a crucial stage of life in terms of a child's physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development. It is a time when children particularly need high quality personal care and learning experiences. We are dedicated to providing each child with early learning experiences to help them grow and lay the foundation for future school success by nurturing them and helping them love school. 

The students in our early education program learn and grow through a biblically integrated, Christ-centered curriculum and nurturing environment. Smaller class sizes allow for individual attention to each student.  

Overview

Toddler Class (Age 2) 
Children who will be attending our Toddler Class need to be two years old. Rest assured, your child is not required to be toilet trained for this class. We offer full-day care, with a structured morning class Monday through Friday. The children in the toddler program enjoy circle time, art integration, imaginary play, music, story time, play dough blocks, manipulatives through puzzles and construction toys, Bible Stories, outdoor time, and much more.

Preschool (Age 3-4) 
Our Preschool classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. An afternoon class may be offered from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. once the morning classes are filled. The emphasis of our three-year-old class is socialization: learning to share, getting along with friends in school, and taking turns. Our curriculum includes daily activity, introduction to the alphabet, geometric shapes, community helpers, science (including many fun hands-on experiments), farm animals, seasons, holidays, Bible class and verse memorization, music program, and cooking classes. Children in this class need to be three years old by August 31 and should be toilet trained before school begins.

Pre-Kindergarten (Age 4-5) 
Our Pre-Kindergarten class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We also offer afternoon classes from 12:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. once the morning classes are filled. We have developed a curriculum with a mix of academics and socialization for our four-year-olds. We advance what the students have already learned from the three-year old class. Our curriculum includes alphabet and number recognition, phonics, social studies (community helpers, holidays), hands-on science, daily arts and crafts, painting, music, cooking classes, and outdoor play and development. 

Early Learning Center (Age 3 and 4) 
The Early Learning Center is a licensed childcare for families that have enrolled their child in Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, or Junior Kindergarten class that need extended hours beyond the class times.  We use a curriculum that does not duplicate what they are learning in their classrooms, but rather provides an extension to learning in a nurturing and structured environment.  

Junior Kindergarten (Age 4-5) 
Our Junior Kindergarten class is best suited for...

  • students who are not 5 years old by August 31, 
  • students old enough for kindergarten, but not ready for our Kindergarten Program, or 
  • parents who would like more instructional hours than our Pre-Kindergarten program.

Junior Kindergarten hours are Monday through Friday, from 8:45 am to 1:00 pm, which includes three hours of instruction and one hour of lunch and recess play.  Parents also have the choice to pick up before lunch.  The Junior Kindergarten students receive Art, Music, Physical Education, and computer instruction, as well as, core academics of letters and sounds, number recognition, penmanship, social studies (focusing on holidays, family, and community), and science activities, daily Bible lessons, and weekly chapel.  This is the time when we want to capture their enthusiasm for learning and help them grow in their love of learning. 

For more information, please email joshua.snyder@valley-christian.com. You are also welcome to stop in for a tour.