Early Learning Program
Christ Episcopal Church Early Learning Program’s curriculum follows a developmental, multi-sensory approach while also focusing on the academic areas of learning. Our curriculum is called Frog Street Press and is based on research and development of young children. Most of the activities suggested throughout Frog Street Press are hands on activities. There are a few “art projects” as many times these become more product focused than process. Songs, poems, chants and rhymes encourage students to learn and want to participate in various activities.
Each child’s unique position on the developmental ladder is nurtured through opportunities of meaningful play. Challenging materials and activities are introduced thus enhancing the way for reading, writing and math readiness skills. The student to teacher ratio with experienced staff and well equipped classrooms; promote a stimulating and fun learning environment.
While the Early Learning Program Curriculum follows Frog Street Press, we also introduce Letters, Colors and Shapes. You are notified via a monthly classroom newsletter and the daily ELP Communication board of the activities your child was exposed to so that you can continue the learning at home.
Christ Episcopal Church Early Learning Program welcomes all students regardless of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin. The following classes are available based on the child’s age as of September 1 of the academic school year. Class is from 8:30am – 12:00noon
Early Drop Off and Extended Day
ELP offers both before and after school care Monday thru Friday. Before school care opens at 7:30am and is available until 8:30am at which time your child is escorted to the appropriate classroom. After school care is available from 12:00noon until 2:00pm on a drop in basis. 24 hours notice is requested to ensure adequate staffing.
The Staff of ELP are extensively background checked and enrolled in classes with the Department of Children and Families as well as with the Episcopal Diocese of Florida. All of our staff members are screened through the National Clearinghouse, drug tested, and must complete 40 hours of training with the state of Florida. Annually staff are required to complete an additional 10 hours of professional development on the education and development of young children. All staff are first aid and CPR trained. This training is renewed every 2 years. Most lead teachers hold a degree in Early Childhood Education or a CDA. Assistants have varying degrees of education from masters to DCF training.
A Typical ELP School Day
A typical day at ELP begins at 8:30am when you walk your child to the ELP door. A staff member will greet your child and walk him/her to the appropriate classroom. Your child will bring a backpack to school with a change of clothes, diapers, a snack and a drink.
The classroom schedule consists of activities that change every 20 minutes. The older classes participate in circle time where we discuss weather, calendar, classroom jobs, and academics for the month. Each classroom has a center time where various activities are set up around the room and students are encouraged to try various experiences. This also gives the teacher time to work one on one with students on art projects or fine motor skills. Daily we read books, sing songs, and try a variety of art projects. Our older classes participate in chapel, a cooking experience and music/movement. All students have time outside weather permitting.