Early Education

Jesus loves the little ones, and we demonstrate His love as we care for the little ones here at VCS. Our joy is to see each child learn, play, develop, and discover new skills.

Welcome to the VCS family. We are excited to have the opportunity to share the love of God with you as we partner in the care and wellbeing of your child. The Bible says that children are “a gift from God, and the fruit of the womb is His reward” (Psalm 127:3). We believe that each child here at VCS is a gift from God. You can be sure that your child will receive a distinctive Christ-centered education in a nurturing and loving environment.

When you visit our early education center, you’ll be pleased with the clean, bright environment, and the nurturing atmosphere. We have a large, fenced playground and plenty of room inside for rolling, crawling, and playing. Our state-licensed caregivers consider their work not just a job, but a ministry, and they find great joy in the care of each child.

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We believe that when children feel safe and respected and they are given the opportunity to explore their world through thoughtfully planned activities based on their individualized developmental progressions, their learning is enhanced. Because young children learn best through hands-on exploration, our programs incorporate daily activities, centers, and other planned learning experiences that allow the children to freely observe, experiment, develop new skills, and build self-confidence as they explore.

Well Rounded Experiences

From the instinctive and holistic learning style of the infant to the exploratory and experimental learning of the preschooler, teachers provide various experiences for the children in language, social-emotional, large and small motor, visual-spatial, music, science and mathematical domains. In addition, routine procedures such as diapering, eating, napping, and transitions are handled in a relaxed manner and toys are sanitized on a routine basis throughout the day in the infant and toddler centers.

Our Programs

Our ratios are state regulated in each program. In our Infant, Toddler, Preschool and Kindergarten Readiness Programs, we strive to create an environment where children feel valued and secure. We address this by emphasizing secure attachment between the individual child and the primary teacher within consistent groups throughout the year. We also stress the importance of quality communication between teachers and parents in planning appropriately for the needs of each child.

The teacher-to-infant ratio is 1:4.

Our infant program is delightful. We cuddle babies while feeding them, change diapers at least every two hours, and provide a sense of security and warmth to make our center a home away from home for the smallest charges in our care. We are here to assist parents, not to take your place, and we consider it a privilege and cherished responsibility to support you in caring for your child. The ratio in our infant center is one teacher to four infants, and we assign each infant to a specific caregiver. This practice facilitates bonding, which is crucial for healthy emotional development.

Our monitored sleeping room is quiet, and babies sleep in their individual cribs. Parents provide food for their infants, which helps us monitor food intake and watch for food allergy development. We provide plenty of floor time for the development of crawling, rolling, and sitting up. As the babies grow, we teach them how to be gentle with their younger playmates. And when your child is ready, we will help him or her make a smooth transition from the infant center to the toddler program.

The teacher-to-student ratio 1:6.

Toddlers are at that magical age—so curious about the world around them and just beginning to exert their independence. We embrace children in this stage of life and delight in introducing them to new things and providing an extension of home as we foster a love of God in their little hearts. Our chapels for toddlers are joyful events—full of fun and music and the discovery of God. The student-to-teacher ratio in our toddler center is one to six. We offer a program for our toddlers, with activities designed to challenge and enhance your child’s growth. Some of the things your child will be learning in our toddler center are:

Sign language
Table manners
Language development
Music
Self-help skills
Social skills
Art expression
Bible stories and principles like God’s love, thankfulness, kindness, sharing, and the uniqueness of each child
Toilet training—our success rate is very high!
From circle time and story time to art projects, language activities, and outdoor play, your toddler will have plenty of variety and many fun things to do each day. As with our infants, we treasure the privilege of working with the toddlers entrusted into our care.

The teacher-to-student ratio is 1:12.

Our preschool is a joyful place, full of learning and growth. Through our daily, weekly, and monthly lesson plans, we take an active role in defining the environment and providing each child with a balanced and individualized program, designed to reinforce each child’s development.

As we prepare lessons, we plan carefully so children will be challenged but not frustrated, and stimulated but not overwhelmed. We create fun and worthwhile activities to teach concepts such as letters, numbers, and Bible stories. At VCS, we understand young children. Our school day opens with supervised indoor play, which is a friendly and informal way to make the transition from home to school. We continue with Bible time and then move into academic readiness and outdoor activities. Some of the things we focus on in preschool include:

  • Bible training – Christian character traits such as love, honesty, respect, and obedience
  • Science – Nature and our environment
  • Letters – Recognition and sound
  • Numbers – Recognition, counting, concepts, and sequencing
  • Painting and coloring – Color recognition, fine motor development, pre-writing skills, artistic expression, spatial relationships
  • Music – Rhythm and singing, movement and dance, social interaction, games and drama, group interaction
  • Stories – Vocabulary building, development of interest in books, introduction to new experiences, relaxation and fun, sharing and enjoying quiet times
  • Field trips – Nature and environment, the world around us, community helpers, five senses
  • Drama – New songs, Bible verses, poems

The teacher-to-student ration is 1:12.

Children must be four years old by September 1 in order to enroll in the Kindergarten Readiness Program. In this class, we raise the bar of expectation and provide learning experiences that will help children in preparing for elementary school. We also focus on:

Helping children to develop a good self-image and the ability to share experiences and get along with others
Developing fine and gross motor skills
Fostering awareness of nature
Nurturing creative expression through singing, rhythm, arts and crafts, and drama
Developing language, writing, and reading skills (letter and word recognition; formation of letters, blends, words, and sentences; writing of first name, etc.)
Teaching number concepts (number sequencing 1 – 30, concepts 1 – 30, counting 1 – 100) and simple addition
Bible training (Bible stories and chapel, memory verses, hymns)
Children in the Kindergarten Readiness Program usually have homework on a weekly basis. We encourage you to read the directions carefully and to help your children by providing a quiet place and encouragement to do their best work. Our goal in this class is to make God, His Word, and His Son a part of every daily experience. In our Kindergarten Readiness Programs, teachers partner with parents and are committed to helping your child succeed and excel to his or her full potential spiritually, academically, emotionally, physically, and socially. We desire to provide an environment that creates a thirst for learning and conveys the preciousness and uniqueness of each child.

Our teaching and learning philosophy includes eight styles of learning strategies, a combination of direct instruction, guided practice and hands on play experiences in our carefully planned centers. Academics are also included in our KR program. One of the building blocks in KR is seatwork. Seatwork is considered a structured task to reinforce academics. Seatwork enhances fine motor development through practice and support in writing and coloring skills. This includes eye-hand motor coordination, pincher control and increased spatial awareness. It also refines listening skills and the ability to follow direction through teacher-directed activities. It aids in the development of self-confidence, self-esteem, self-control, refined thinking skills and perseverance in completing task. In addition, reading and math skills through number and letter recognition and name recognition are enhanced. Lastly, seatwork increases vocabulary and communication skills through guided practice and teacher support.

DROP OFF AND PICK UP POLICY
Parents can drop off morning class children at 8:00 a.m. and must pick them up by noon to avoid paying daycare fees. All-day children may come as early as 7:00 a.m., and parents must pick them up no later than 6:00 p.m. We bill for occasional daycare use at the drop-in rate of $8.00 per hour, charged in 15-minute increments. We also assess late pick-up fees after 6:00 p.m. at $15 per 15-minute increment (or a portion thereof). After two occurrences, we will double the fee, charging $30 per occurrence.

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School Hours

Office Hours
7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Morning Classes

8:00 a.m. – noon

Daycare Hours

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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