"Our mission is to provide an exceptional level of nurturing, education and developmental opportunities for children ages 3 months through elementary school, while maintaining the highest level of safety, nutrition and parental communication by our educated and experienced staff.
We provide an environment that cultivates long term enrollment. This planned environment is a natural, gentle community that fosters individual development. From birth it is a child's "job" to create knowledge based on observing, wondering, theorizing, and then testing and revising their theories. As educators we believe that young children learn best in a Christian environment that fosters learning through self-discovery and hypothesizing. Written observations, anecdotes, and video recordings enable the staff to carefully plan an environment and opportunities that are developmentally appropriate. Our preschool through Kindergarten children assist in the planning of their curriculum. Additionally, The Children's Hour Academy offers American Sign Language, music, drama, art, and field trips. These experiences enrich their lives by stretching their minds and bodies. These activities - integrated within the school's program - are a natural component to learning.
Children are priceless assets. The Children's Hour Academy staff are professional teachers committed to the development of children. Our college educated teachers are experienced professionals trained in child development, theory, and practice. Each room, from infant educaring through Kindergarten, has a college educated professional teacher. Each assistant teacher has training in the Early Childhood field. All of our staff participate in continuing education in both American Sign Language and Early Childhood Education. We view this as an important component of their professional development. Our staff introduces the children to American Sign Language in a very natural way. Both hearing and deaf children benefit from this "foreign" language immersion program. Our goal is to bond with the children and their family as an extension of your family unit. To borrow a phrase from ´Everyday Blessings:The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting´ "Children embody what is best in life. They live in the present moment. They are part of its exquisite bloom. They are pure potentiality, embodying vitality, emergence, renewal, and hope. They are purely what they are. And they share that vital nature with us and call it out of us as well, if we can listen carefully to the calling." (Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn) This is our view of all children and our goal is to create the environment that fosters this philosophy.
Excerpted from the preschool's website