Children's Circle Preschool FAQs
What kind of curriculum do you use?
We follow the developmental continuum of The Creative Curriculum® for Infants and Toddlers and The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool. We teach skills through hands-on, developmentally appropriate activities.
How do you handle religion?
We are a ministry of Second Presbyterian Church. The children learn about God through daily activities such as stories, songs and art.
Do your teachers have degrees?
Our Nursery, Toddlers, Twos and Young 3s teachers must have a high school diploma, although many have Bachelors degrees. Our Preschool teachers must have a Bachelors degree or Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA). Our staff is always learning through professional development workshops, seminars, and conferences.
What do we do if my child has separation difficulty?
Our teachers are experienced with children who are reluctant to come to school. We know that some children need to come for several weeks before feeling comfortable. We work with parents to determine when the parents wish to be called if a child is having a difficult day.
What if my child can’t handle the program?
Occasionally a very young child may struggle with being away from home. Our staff works closely with parents to develop a plan for children dealing with separation anxiety so they can be successful and enjoy a full day at school.
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Nursery, Toddler, Twos and Young 3s children do not need to be toilet trained; however, our teachers are prepared to help children with the toilet training process. Preschool 3 and Pre-K children should be confidently and independently toilet trained. While we are aware accidents will happen, they should be few and far between.
Do we bring children to the rooms or drop the children off at the curb?
We believe daily communication between teachers and parents is key, so our parents accompany their children to the classrooms, and pick them up there at the end of the day. We use an electronic check-in process the children of our church. You can view a video of the process here.
Do we need to bring a lunch for our child or does the program supply one?
Every child brings lunch from home.
What do I need to bring for my child’s day?
Preschool 3 and Pre-K children need comfortable play clothes, lunch and a towel for rest time. Nursery, Toddler, Twos and Young 3s children also need extra diapers, a change of clothing and perhaps a special “lovey” for naptime.
Do the children take naps?
The children in our Nursery, Toddlers, Twos and Young 3s classes take naps in cribs or on cots. The Preschool 3 and Pre-K children have a rest period every day. Some nap, others have a quiet time and look at books.
Do the children go on field trips?
We have the field trips come to us. Some examples are the Fire Department and the Dental School.
How does your program deal with security issues?
- There is only one unlocked entrance to the building.
- The Preschool hallways are equipped with security doors.
- The church is equipped with security cameras.
- We have parents sign children in and out.
- Children may leave only with an adult whose name is in our files. Each family has a special security word in case your plans change during the day.
- Teachers are trained to be aware of their surroundings and adults who are nearby.
How do you handle discipline?
Our classes are planned with developmentally appropriate activities in mind so there are few discipline issues. When necessary, children are redirected and appropriate behaviors are explained in simple terms. Time outs are rarely used and only to allow a child to regain his or her composure. Corporal punishment is never used.
Registration and Enrollment
How do we get a spot in the wait pool?
Please fill out a Family Information Form located on this web-site. Once we receive your completed form, your child will be put in our wait pool or enrolled, depending on current enrollment. We will contact you when a spot becomes available.
Children and Family Ministry
Children and Families
The Children and Family Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church seeks through worship, study, fellowship and service to support families as they grow in faith. Here our children are claimed in baptism, wrapped in love, grounded in the stories of our faith and called by Jesus to lives of faithful discipleship.
Children and Families Opportunities: