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Merrimack Valley Christian Day School

1195 Varnum Avenue
Lowell, MA 01854

(978) 452-2462


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We follow MA Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences and NAEYC standards for a developmentally appropriate curriculum.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Our purpose is to educate and to provide child care for children 2 years 9 months to age 7 in a distinctively Christian School Environment.

Our philosophy is that every child is a unique individual at a very important period in his or her life. These early years are important for the child's development of positive attitudes toward learning and Christian principles.

Merrimack Valley Christian Day School, Inc. does not discriminate in providing services to children based on the race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, marital status, disability or sexual orientation of their families. The school respects each family's right to their own cultural and religious beliefs. We make no attempt to prejudice our students against the faith of their parents.

We accept students from a wide range of cultural and religious backgrounds. As part of our curriculum, we study families and cultures from around the world.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00-8:30 Arrival, Quiet Play in Learning Centers, Breakfast (7:30-8:00)
8:30-9:00 Gross Motor Play (Outdoors or Gym)
9:00-12:00 Preschool Classes
Each class has its own schedule for the hours between 9:00 and 12:00. A curriculum guide and schedule is posted in each classroom.
12:00-1:00 Lunch, Bathroom, Quiet Activities, Get Ready for Naptime
1:00-3:00 Rest and Naptime - Children do not have to sleep, but everyone must rest quietly on their cot from 1:00-2:00. At 2:00 anyone who is not asleep or who needs to be awakened (providing there are less than 10 children awake) will be taken to the Awake Room, where they will participate in quiet activities.
3:00-3:30 Wake Up Time, Bathrooms, Putting Cots and Bedding Away
3:30-5:30 Circle Time, Snack, Gross Motor Play, Quiet Activities in Learning Centers
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on