Best Methodist Daycares in Alexandria VA

Methodist Daycares in Alexandria VA

Washington St. United Methodist Church
Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool's primary ministry is teaching God's unconditional love and acceptance, and learning to live lovingly. We provide a child-centered, nurturing environment that enables young children to develop to their fullest potential, socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and cognitively. Our Preschool was established in 1991 as a ministry of the Washington Street United Methodist Church and serves children two and a half to five years of age. The educational program reflects our philosophy of learning through play by using weekly themes to introduce and reinforce units of study. Using themes allows our teaching staff to convey subject matter in a concrete and creative manner to make your child's experience in school fun, interesting and growth providing. Monthly newsletters and lesson plans are distributed by classroom teachers to help you monitor your child's progress and joy of learning. A developmentally appropriate, hands-on program enables teachers to incorporate language experiences daily, allowing children to grow their vocabulary naturally. A balanced schedule is achieved through focused, quiet activities such as circle time, table activities, and story time. Quiet activities are then followed by opportunities for exploration during art projects, water and sand table activities, block play, music and movement, science center activities, and dramatic play. Washington Street United Methodist Church Preschool accepts families of all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. As a church sponsored program, Christian traditions are emphasized. However, our program also embraces and celebrates other cultural and religious tradition. By sharing customs, ideas, traditions, and meanings, we help promote understanding and acceptance. Washington Street UMC Preschool is program operated as a ministry of the Washington Street United Methodist Church. It operates under the supervision of the Preschool Board which is made up of church members, parent and teacher representatives, the Director of the Preschool, and the WSUMC Pastor. The Preschool Board makes policies, sets tuition and fees, and oversees the curriculum for the preschool. Our central message is one of God's unconditional love. We believe that each person is a child of God. Our ministry involves helping children to learn to live lovingly. Each child at our preschool will have every opportunity to develop socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically, and intellectually to his or her fullest potential. To support spiritual growth, the Preschool holds Chapel on a monthly basis led by the Preschool Director. Chapel consists of age appropriate stories, songs, and prayer. As children play with each other - They learn to see other children's point of view and begin to become empathetic and caring. - They learn to use language in new ways to describe their play, express their needs and wants, and to interact with others. - They develop their muscles, balance, stamina and coordination. Special attention is given to each child's abilities and interests, using his or her strengths to foster development in all areas. Through art, music, drama, and play, children enrolled in our program are encouraged to expand their imagination, develop confidence in their abilities, and build a strong self-image.
Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church Weekday School
Welcome to Mount Vernon Weekday School, located in Alexandria, VA. We understand that making the right preschool choice can be a real challenge and we're here to help you through this process. Our mission is to provide you with a quality preschool experience and peace of mind while offering your child a safe, loving, stress-free and educationally-rich environment. Our children are our future: let us help them grow through: Leadership Communication Critical Thinking Problem Solving Creativity Values and Ethics Empathy Citizenship Our Program Goals: To provide experiences which enhance each child’s social, physical, intellectual, emotional and creative growth. To offer a curriculum that is child-centered, open-ended, process oriented, and play-based. To create opportunities for exploration and experimentation. To help children understand their feelings and the feelings of others. To allow children choices and decision-making opportunities. To develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. To promote acceptance of diversity. To promote self-esteem, confidence, individuality, positive self-image, autonomy, and success. These goals are incorporated into the daily lesson plans through developmentally appropriate practices. All children are encouraged to progress at their own pace and according to individual needs and abilities. Our philosophy on caring for children Our curriculum encompasses methods prescribed by various teaching models such as Piaget, High Reach, High/Scope and Montessori. We incorporate what we feel are the best aspects of each model into our program; as they fit our philosophy of child development and early childhood education. Our school also follows guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Their standards require teachers to employ developmentally and age appropriate practices with each child. Although academics are extremely important, we believe that young children do not truly learn through a rote approach, employing techniques such as worksheets and drill skills. We believe that real learning happens when young children are taught an emphasis on process instead of product. In essence, we believe that children learn best through play. Each teacher facilitates learning through interesting and engaging planned activities. Children enjoy their "play" while they are meeting goals set for them. Teachers are sensitive to needed changes in curriculum, based on the needs and interests of the children. At MVWS, our goal is to equip children with the tools they will need to become successful students, such as critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, life skills and social cognition; as well as a values system based on respect. Our curriculum encompasses methods prescribed by various teaching models such as Piaget, High Reach, High/Scope and Montessori. We incorporate what we feel are the best aspects of each model into our program; as they fit our philosophy of child development and early childhood education. Our school also follows guidelines set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Their standards require teachers to employ developmentally and age appropriate practices with each child. Although academics are extremely important, Mount Vernon Weekday School believes that young children do not really learn through a rote approach, employing techniques such as worksheets and drill skills. We believe that real learning happens when young children are taught an emphasis on process instead of product. In essence, we believe that children learn best through play. Each teacher facilitates learning through interesting and engaging planned activities. The children enjoy their "play" while they are meeting goals that are set forth for them. Teachers are flexible and sensitive to needed changes in curriculum, based on the needs and interests of the children. At MVWS, our goal is to equip children with the tools they will need to become successful students. These tools must include critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution, life skills and social cognition; as well as a values system based on respect.
St. John's United Methodist Church
St. John's Center for Early Childhood Education General Information School Logo PHONE (703) 256-7748 E-mail:CECE@saintjohnsumc.org Kathy Boyt, Director Linda Meaney, Administrative Assistant St. John's CECE promotes the mental, physical and spiritual growth of our children through a program including instruction, work and play. We offer preschool classes for children two years of age to five years of age. Our after school care program is for our preschoolers. We invite you to learn about our program. We would love for you to come visit us and see our school. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. There is a teacher and an assistant teacher in every class. 2 year old classes up to 10 children 3 year old classes up to 14 children 4 year old classes up to 16 children Our School day is 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. We provide a snack and parents must provide lunch. All classes have scheduled time for a Rhythms class which is in a separate room with a Rhythms Teacher. Our program is for the preschool child age two through five years of age, based on age as of September 30 of the school year. Registration is available until the class is filled. All children in our preschool are eligible to attend our Child Care Center. Extended care is open from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. We offer an extended summer program for current students that runs the last week of May through the first two weeks in June. We have specific themes and special activities every week.

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Springfield United Methodist Church

The Director and teachers have developed a curriculum that... incorporates language, mathematics, science and pro-social skills in a developmentally appropriate play setting. Many activities used to develop large and small muscle control, eye-hand coordination, verbal skills and creative play, will be part of the children's day. The program offers many opportunities for social interaction and seeks to strike a proper balance between responsibility and freedom, and comformity and individuality in a setting which is conducive to establishing a positive self-image. Throughout the day, the teachers strive to create a loving Christian atmosphere in which each child is a special individual. Weekly music class, monthly storyteller, either Bible or secular, and children's chapel are provided. OUR PROGRAM The Christian Weekday Program is located in the lower level of the Springfield United Methodist Church at the corner of Old Keene Mill Road and Spring Road, across from Garfield Elementary School and Springfield Plaza Shopping Center. CWP has a fenced playground with modern climbing units. The church’s Social Hall provides a spacious area for indoor play during inclement weather. CWP enrollment is limited to 120 children per day under our Fairfax County permit. The preschool offers classes for children 2 to 5 years of age and enrolls between 10 and 16 children per class. CWP enrolls students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin and strives to be inclusive of all children, including those with disabilities and special learning and developmental needs. AGES School hours are 9:15AM-12:15PM Class Days 2 days – Tuesday and Thursday 3 days – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5 days – Monday through Friday (Children may attend the 2, 3, or 5 day program, regardless of age.) RESOURCE CLASSES Imagination Station Imagination Station is an exciting, center-based dramatic play environment encompassing math, science, emergent literacy and speech/language. The curriculum consists of five themes per school year where children explore the world around them. Whether we visit the farm, take a trip to outer space or learn about insects, children are engaged in self-directed activities as they acquire knowledge about themselves and our enviornment. Music and Motion The Music/Motion Class focuses on Christian-based and secular music appropriate to the church calendar and weekly curriculum themes. With props and musical instruments, children act upon movement directions and sing and learn songs for Children's Chapel, the Christmas Musical and Child Appreciation Day. American Sign Language is taught with our song choices. Monthly Bible Storytelling provides an opportunitiy to acquaint young children with stories that have Christian significance. The teacher will use costume, props and song to help develop an understanding of Bible life and time. Early Literacy Program (Pre-K class) The Early Literacy Program will equip our children with pre-reading skills in a language and print-rich environment. Children are introduced to phonological awareness with instruction aligned with Virginia Kindergarten Standards of Learning. Students are exposed to a variety of language opportunities, rhyming, letter sounds and print. This program contains a take-home reading component. MORNING PROGRAM 24 months through Pre-K Class ratios range from 10-16 students per 2 or 3 staff, depending on enrollment. Toilet training is not required for the 2 year old classes.

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