Best Episcopal Daycares Near Me

Episcopal Daycares Near Me

St. John's Episcopal Preschool
About Us: Our preschool curriculum is inspired by the philosophy of teaching young children that originates in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We believe children possess a natural capacity for joy, a sense of wonder about the world and the motivation to make sense of their world. Every young child is intelligent and capable of constructing knowledge through interactions with parents, peers, and educators. At St. John's, children's investigations take on multiple dimensions as they explore the world using their unique personalities and abilities. We also believe all children have the right to caring relationships and rich learning environments provided by adults who listen to their ideas, value their thinking, and thereby broaden their understanding of their world. Our Preschool was founded by parishioners as a part of the church's bicentennial celebration. As a ministry of St. John's Church, we seek to form a bridge to the wider community, reflect the diversity around us, and support the full potential of childhood. The Preschool welcomed its first class of four children in March 1997. In the ensuing years, we have grown to an enrollment of 45 children, ranging in age from 2-1/2 to 5 years. We offer three morning classes with mixed-age extended day options in the morning Early Birds program and the afternoon Kids' Workshop. St. John's Episcopal Preschool is a child care center in Washington, DC. We are open from 8:00am to 3:30pm. To learn more about us, please send us an email.
St. Columba's Nursery School
“St. Columba’s is a welcoming Christian community that seeks to be open in spirit, deep in faith, rich in worship, active in service.” This mission statement is embodied in all that we do, from making music and celebrating the Eucharist, to the many ways we engage in lifelong faith and formation, to the ongoing care and hospitality that we extend to one another and to those outside our walls. A sense of mission is woven through the very fabric of this place. It’s not by accident that the first phrase after “seeks to be” is “open in spirit.” We long to be open to the transforming power of God’s love and to live that love in active service. We know that we meet God in the rich vitality of our worship and we place a strong emphasis on the power and importance of continuing formation and education for all ages. In all of our seeking we value hospitality, the sincere welcome of new companions on the journey of Christian life and witness. At this point in our history and in the complexity of our time, we seek to be open to the wonder of God’s creation and human diversity. All are welcome here. We seek to be grounded in such depth of worship that our lives are transformed and renewed each Sunday. The faith that grounds us also sends us out in service to the world. Our Celtic cross carries the message in its interlocking knots: open in spirit is represented by the dove on the right, deep in faith is the fish on the left, rich in worship is the trinity on top (a form of the Celtic triquetra, symbol of the one God in three persons) and active in service is the heart on the bottom. These four elements weave together to form a cross, the ultimate symbol of a Christian community, which makes a powerful visual statement about the work and mission of our parish. We seek to be rooted in the joyous wonder of the Celtic tradition, vibrant in color and moving forward into God’s Future. Every child is special. Each one changes and grows along a developmental continuum in a pattern as unique as a thumbprint. The philosophy of St. Columba's Nursery School affirms that every individual connected with the school is regarded as a person with an inestimable capacity to grow and learn - children, parents, and staff. Young children, of course, are the primary focus of the school. Discerning the child's level of development and challenging him or her with new and varied experiences are the goals of our approach to teaching and learning. At St. Columba's we guide and support our students as they grow in self-sufficiency, motivation to learn about and explore the world around them, and in becoming eager collaborators in the classroom. We believe that the best preparation for on-going school, and quite frankly, for life, is to help children learn to take care of themselves and their belongings, express themselves in acceptable ways, and to learn the give and take of leadership and collaboration. Children need space to grow in mind, body, and spirit and so half of each school day is spent outdoors. Our large well-equipped playgrounds with their paved areas for riding vehicles, wide-open slopes for sledding and rolling hoops, places to dig and burrow, sandboxes, gardens, running water, slides, climbing structures and swings has no equal in our area. Our full-time playground coordinator ensures that the playgrounds are ready and inviting for play each day. Similarly, our six classrooms, music, and environmental science spaces are light-filled, spacious and attractive and filled with materials and equipment to promote children's learning and exploration. Since 1959 St. Columba's has been a haven for childhood, embracing play as the child's most natural and effective way of learning. We'd love to have your child join us for a rich, joy-filled, and exuberant first school experience. Child care is an important part of our welcome to St. Columba’s youngest members and their families. It offers a place where infants and young children can experience the love and care of this community, and it offers parents an opportunity to give their full attention to worship and other church activities. Child care is available for infants and children up to age 3 every Sunday morning and for occasional evening services and lectures. Sunday hours are from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm (September through early June) and from 10:15 to 11:45 am during the summer service schedule. Children can stay for any length of time while child care is in operation. We have three adult child care providers to engage with children. You will be asked to sign in your child, inform the child care workers of any special information and tag your diaper bag. You will be given a beeper in case we need you to return to the child care room.

About Episcopal Daycares Near Me

Episcopal child care programs range from small home-based daycares to large academically-oriented Episcopal preschools. While they're best suited for families of the Episcopalian faith, these religious programs can be also be a good solution for families of all backgrounds since many Episcopal daycares welcome families of any faith. They are often less expensive than secular child development centers and some even offer sliding scale tuition programs to help families afford what can be one of the most expensive aspects of raising a child.

The Episcopal Church originated in the Church of England, and is one of the protestant branches most similar to Catholicism. The most noticeable difference is its reliance on the Bible as the only religious authority, which means that there is no figure similar to the pope within the Church leadership. Therefore, the vast majority of Episcopal child care centers use biblical teachings as a part of their daily curriculum. The many similarities between Catholic and Episcopal schools can also make them a good choice for Catholic parents who can't find a Catholic daycare or preschool through their own church network.

Regardless of the particulars of their curriculum, all Episcopal child care and preschool programs will emphasize values consistent with a Christian upbringing. They will also stress standard early childhood education goals such as productive socialization and developmentally appropriate skill building. This makes Episcopal home daycares and child care centers good options for non-religious who want to expose their children to a supportive environment that emphasizes strong morals, spirituality, and a sense of community.

Many children thrive in consistent environments, and parents agreeing with the moral tenets of the Episcopal Church can be assured that their children will receive consistent reinforcement of those values. Even non-religious families might enjoy the tight-knit community that often forms around Episcopal and other Christian daycares and preschools (families looking for care should note that Episcopal daycare centers are typically affiliated with a particular Episcopal parish.) For parents looking for a certain level of Bible study or prayer in their child's education, it would be wise to check how often these appears in the curriculum, as the frequency of explicit religious instruction can vary between programs.

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