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Preschool 101

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THE MISSION

The weekday preschool program operates as an evangelical ministry of REPC, providing a Christ-centered ministry of love and caring to families and young children in our own church family and the community. We offer a program of age-appropriate, developmental activities to nurture the child’s spiritual, social, academic, and physical development in an atmosphere of Christian love, caring, and acceptance. We seek to establish a partnership in education with our families to help ensure that the preschool years form a good foundation in these areas of development for the young children entrusted to our care. We always work toward the development and encouragement of a positive self-image in each child, helping the child to know that he or she is special and loved by Jesus.

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THE CURRICULUM

Our curriculum includes an age-appropriate developmental centers approach; meaning that an environment in each classroom is created around various centers of play (play is a child’s work). These centers include Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys and Games, Art, Library, Discovery, Music and Movement, Cooking, and Outdoors. Each day’s schedule includes play at these centers, circle time activities, snack/lunch, and Bible story time. This curriculum operates within the framework of a monthly theme and scripture. For example, our theme for September is “All About Me” and the scripture is “I am wonderfully made” Psalm 139:14. During Bible story time, we teach Bible stories using various approaches such as books, music, and “role- playing.”

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THE STAFF

Our Christian teachers hold an education degree or have training and experience in working with young children. We place a strong emphasis on staff training and development to further equip our teachers with skills to make your child’s early learning experiences the best possible.  Click here to see a listing of our Preschool staff.

Our preschool program operates under the direction and supervision of the Preschool Council, and the day to day operations under the direction of the Director of Children’s Ministries.

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THE FACILITIES

In compliance with the Code of Virginia, we are licensed as a religious exempt child care facility by the Virginia Department of Social Services, meeting all required health and safety requirements.

Our facilities include four classrooms with restrooms, a room for indoor games, and a fellowship hall for special events. We also have use of the large church playground for outside time. Our enrollment capacity is for 48 children.

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

The 2017-2018 school season operates Monday thru Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon.

Our Classes include:
One Year: One year old by Sept. 30th. Meets one day.
Two Years: Two years old by Sept. 30th. One and Two day options.
Three Years: Three years old by Sept. 30th. Two and Three day options.
Pre-K: Four years old by Sept. 30th. Three day options.

Our program runs from September to May. In August, parents of registered children will receive a letter and a current school calendar from the Preschool Director.

We hold special events for our families throughout the year. These include: Grandparents’ Day, Nature programs, Christmas play, Noah’s Ark Parade, and End of Year Celebration/Pre-K graduation.

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LUNCH BUNCH PROGRAM

This program provides an extra hour after school on Tuesdays for 2, 3 & 4 year olds to have play time. The children meet in one room and are supervised by two teachers. The cost is $5 per day.