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Education Center

The Early Childhood Education Center is an early childhood education program within The Salvation Army dedicated to fostering a caring Christian environment. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Our Philosophy

The Early Childhood Education Center's goal is to provide a high quality early childhood education program for infants, toddlers and pre-kindergarten children. The program's vision is based on research and best practices in early childhood education.

Our goal is to provide an educationally enriching, nurturing and safe environment with an emphasis on kindergarten readiness and long term success. Our goal is to encourage curiosity and build self- confidence in children through reading readiness, exploration and play. Teachers will facilitate exploration and nurture key social and emotional skills, engage children in activities that require cooperation and self-awareness, and encourage communication with peers. Through independent and group learning, children will gain the important personal and social skills needed for a successful transition into school.

Hours of Operation

The program is open Monday through Friday starting at 7:00 am and ending at 6:30 pm.

Typical Activities

Activities are designed to encourage development through play and learning.
  • Group Play: Circle time activities motivate child to express themselves through singing, dancing, games, music and language. Encouraging their self expression and building their confidence.

  • Free Play: Children have a choice of a variety of learning centers to explore during free play using blocks, household and kitchen, dramatic play, dolls and accessories, play sets, art, science, library and music center, library, sand and water centers.

  • Language: Nursery rhymes awareness, finger plays, stimulus pictures or objects to encourage listening, tuning into print, verbalization, reading to the children, and read aloud.

  • Dramatic Play: Children learn to represent the real world as they play with dress up prop, role play and engage in puppetry developing their pro-social behaviors and language skills.

  • Physical Play: Our playground, athletic field, garden, gym, fitness studio and water park provide diverse settings to engage in play. Children engage in a variety of physical activities promoting physical activity and positive social interaction.

  • Computer: Through our computer lab and technology, age appropriate math and reading readiness skills are reinforced.

  • Cultural: Through personal, family and community events such as birthdays, holidays, and cultural events, children will experience the rich diversity in the world around them.

Fees

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