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Northglenn United Methodist Church - Early Childhood Center, Office

1605 W 106th Avenue
Northglenn, CO 80234

(303) 452-1587


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

literacy/play-based program utilizing the Story Book Journey Curriculum by Sue McCord

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers on staff have been committed to the school and our community outreach. We do not have staff turnover. Our staff works to insure that each individual child has an opportunity to learn and grow. We look at each child individually and plan accordingly to help them at their developmental level. We have many opportunities during the day to meet with children on a one on one level.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

It is the philosphy of the NUMC ECC that the early years of childhood are a key time for the development of social awareness, self concept, physical growth, intellectual curiosity and creativity. We believe it is important for the child to have time to grow and develop in these areas, to have a chance to discover themselves and their world and to make age appropriate decisions in a safe, accepting and encourging environment.

A Typical Day

9:00- 10:00 discovery time
10:00-10:10 hello time/songs
10:10-10:40 bathroom then outside time
10:30-11:10 handwash/snack/small group time
11:10-11:25 Large motor activity
11:25-11:30 review the day/closing

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our policy is an open door for parents to volunteer or observe in the classrooms at any time. We send home newsletters with the storybook journey goals and how they can expand the learning at home. We offer family night activities and have professionals give seminars on age appropriate materials for the parents. The teachers hold conferences and we encourage parents to ask any questions they might have.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage the parent and the teachers to come up with a plan of drop off. What would work best for the child? We offer parents the opportunity to stay in the room for periods of time and then to shorten that time. The teachers use calming words and encouragement. We use picture schedules to show the children what will happen during the day and when will parents be back. Some children do better by being dropped off at the directors office and helping with a task such as delivering newsletters or supplies to classes before entering their room. Different techniques are used accordingly but we fully understand their fears and work to calm them in an encouraging way.