EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM
Our half-day prekindergarten program provides a safe and encouraging learning environment for 3- to 5-year olds. Children must be at least 36 months of age and fully potty-trained to enter our program.
The class meets every weekday (Monday through Friday) from 8:00am to 11:30am. Our school year typcially runs from the Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday until mid-June.
EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY
The Columbia Christian PreK program is designed to provide a safe and nurturing environment that allows children to gain an appreciation of their world and others around them through guided discovery as well as large and small group interactions. These experiences will provide developmentally appropriate activities where the child is an active participant in the learning process.
First, we believe that young children learn best through intentional hands-on experiences and that children gain valuable skills through meaningful play. Our child-centered program encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving. This fosters individual growth and self-sufficiency as well as confidence and a love of learning.
Furthermore, we believe that parents are the child’s first teachers and that children learn best when parents are involved in the educational process. Our teachers recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community and society. This creates a bridge between home and school and engages families in their child’s learning.
Finally, we believe that each child is a unique individual and that all children can learn. Our PreK program provides inclusive settings that recognize children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. This helps every child achieve their full potential and feel a sense of belonging.
"Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’"