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.  

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) 
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) 
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 and much more.  It is for families that have enrolled their child in a Preschool or Pre-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/Half Day (Age 5) 
Valley Christian School is opening a Junior Kindergarten class for the 2017-2018 school year, which is a bridge class between Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  It best suited for students who are either:

  • old enough for kindergarten, but not ready for our Kindergarten Program; 
    or
  • not 5 years old by August 31. 

We use a standardized test, developmental test, and other tools to assess the readiness of each child. Junior Kindergarten hours will be Monday through Friday, from 8:45 to 1:00, which includes three hours of instruction and one hour of lunch and recess play.  Parents also have the choice to pick up before lunch.  

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