First Presbyterian Child Development Center adheres to a play-based, developmentally appropriate curriculum for our students. We believe that the first five years of a child’s life are crucial to early learning and brain development. We pride ourselves on providing a hands on learning environment with an emphasis on oral language and vocabulary development, literacy, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, pre-reading skills, math, and science. Our purpose is to partner with families to develop and foster within each child a lifelong love of learning within each child’s heart.
We incorporate Learning Without Tears (“LWT”) curriculum for ages 3 and up. The foundational skills of the “LWT” curriculum adheres to meeting the highest standards of building strong and successful writers and communicators.
Our Chapel Program uses Think Orange curriculum to help our children learn and engage in stories from the Bible. Chapel lessons are reinforced throughout the classrooms guiding the children to learn about God’s love for each of them.
Students ages 3 and up attend weekly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) class. Students participate in activities from making apple volcanos to creating bridges out of various materials. Our 2 year olds also engage in STEM activities throughout the school year too.
All students in the CDC program participate in Music and Movement class. In class students develop and practice gross motor skills, following directions and teamwork while singing and dancing to nursery rhymes, Christian and educational music.
We are pleased to offer a K-2 enrichment class for homeschooled children. It is offered for the same tuition and hours as our traditional program. This class offers Project Based Learning in science, geography, literature studies, art appreciation and history in a positive classroom setting. Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic engaging complex question, problem or challenge. Children for this class must be 5 years old by September 1 and no older than 7 years old by September 1.
We believe play is the hard work of a child and we adhere to providing them with meaningful developmentally appropriate learning experiences. The staff at First Presbyterian Child Development Center is committed and proud to offer these learning practices in a loving and caring Christian environment.