Child Care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old - Curriculum will incorporate Bible teachings, academics, and socialization
Before and After School Care - a schedule will be designed and implemented. Activities will include breakfast for before school care, time to work on homework, quite time activities, an adult to walk children to bus stop 10 minutes prior to scheduled bus pick up. After school activities will include a snack, homework time, free choice time, gross motor activities, arts and crafts activities, and Bible teachings either through a story presented by a teacher, listening to Bible story tapes or watching a Christian video.
Football Saturdays - Child care will be available during all home football games. Care will begin 1 hour prior to kickoff time and will extend to 1 hour after the end of the game. Activities will be scheduled that will included structured and unstructured activities one meal and one snack (only if care extends beyond 4 hours).
Parenting classes - will take place every two weeks on a day that is convenient to those who have signed up for the class. Class costs will cover the book and child care (if needed) during the class time.
Other programs will be implemented as there is an interest expressed by either the parents, owners of the center, or the director/assistant director.
Place of Grace Early Learning Center focuses on two types of curriculum for the students in our care. One type is for spiritual growth and the other for academic and developmental growth.
For spiritual growth we are using WEE, Weekday Early Education, which is published by Lifeway. The curriculum we are using for academic and developmental growth is a combination of teaching techniques and curriculums. We are using the teaching styles and techniques based on Reggio Amelia, Creative Curriculum, and Montessori. Activities for the curriculum will be based on mainly the three listed previously and the children's interest during the time in which the teacher is writing lesson plans. Ideas for activities will come from past experience, internet based websites for teachers, and various activity books which highlight the above named styles.
Students will work on developmental issues, helping them to achieve the highest level within the goal area; students will learn about good nutrition and health and participate in an exercise program founded and taught at West Virginia University (WVU) to young children; students will be presented a variety of activities by WVU students, pursuing education degrees, that will spark and captivate their interests; students will learn about different cultures; students will learn different languages which include but are not limited to sign language, Spanish, German, and French (provided WVU students are available to teach German and French); students will work on social skills, sharing, following directions/instructions/rules in a group setting; students will learn letter, name, and number recognition and be able to perform age appropriate math and writing skills; students will learn about science and perform experiments on an age appropriate level; students in the preschool area will be prepared for kindergarten when they leave Place of Grace Early Learning Center.
Students will be evaluated three times throughout the year. The evaluation criteria we use is The Denver Assessment. Only one sheet is used per child. Categories for assessment begin at birth and continue until age 6 years old. The parent will be able to see the growth and achievements made by their child over a number of years on one page.
The use of the Denver Assessment will help teachers to identify learning difficulties and other developmental delays at an early age. This information gives the teacher the advantage to try and help the child overcome those delays and learning difficulties that are reconcilable if caught at an early age.