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Faith Presbyterian Child Care

1314 E Oltorf St
Austin, TX 78704

(512) 444-7870


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Curriculum Philosophy Preschool is an important time in a childâ??s life. Children develop the physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills that theyâ??ll carry with them throughout their lives. Faith Presbyterian Child Development Center recognizes that each child is unique. Learning is achieved in an environment that encourages creativity, natural curiosity, and personal and cultural awareness. Diversity plays a major role in the learning process and development at Faith Presbyterian CDC. Our curriculum is theme-based giving each child the opportunity to explore topics while learning new skills. Weâ??ve designed activities based on creative expression, manipulation, and exploration to help your child to become self-actualizing and creative visual thinkers. Throughout our classrooms, there are learning centers, which focus on different developmental activities, including dramatic play, language, sensory, science, math, manipulative, motor, and art. Your child chooses activities in each learning center that are of interest and freely uses the materials in the center to become the architect of her/his own learning process. The centers are carefully planned with a wide range of skill ability levels to encourage children to expand on the knowledge they possess. Our staff actively observes and provides opportunities to elevate the learning process by introducing additional concepts when the time is right for your child. As children become developmentally and emotionally ready, Faith Presbyterian CDC introduces literacy and language skills through story time, discussion, rhyming, artwork, storyboards, letter books and language charts. Children learn basic math and science concepts through naturalistic, informal, and structured experiences. Music is taught weekly at our center by Groundworkâ??s Music. â??Young children develop an internal understanding of rhythm and melody. Children begin to learn how to carry a tune and keep a beat. Carrying a tune and keeping a beat is the foundation for all musical ability, and all of the great benefits that being musical affords. And, with the right kind of environment, every child can become musicalâ??, states Neal Kassanoff founder and director of Groundworkâ??s Music. Our center has two playgrounds: a toddler playground and a pre-k playground to help children develop their large motor skills. Weather permitting, these playgrounds are used daily to allow the children to exercise and grow in imagination and social skills. The majority of our playgrounds are shaded by a variety of large trees. Once a week the children and teachers gather together for chapel time. Through bible stories, music and prayer, children begin to feel a strong sense of welcome and belonging to a Christian community. Faith welcomes all denominations of children. We welcome and encourage participation in our weekly church services. The center supports the family structure by providing a warm, nurturing, family life atmosphere in a caring environment, which gives the children emotional security while encouraging independence, self-reliance, and self-direction. Throughout many interactions with other children and adults, each child become aware of the needs of others and develops healthy social skills. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in your childâ??s development. Please contact us with any questions you might have about our program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Program Objectives:
The Center supports the family structure by providing a warm, nurturing, family like atmosphere. This environment gives the children emotional security while they are away from home. A childâ??s self image is felt to be of utmost importance, as is encouraging independence, self-reliance, and self-direction. Through the many interactions with other children and adults, each child becomes aware of the needs of others and develops healthy social skills.

Mission Statement:
Our mission is to minister to families with pre-school age children by providing:
ï?  Quality,
ï?  Age appropriate,
ï?  Licensed,
ï?  4 Star Texas Rising Star and
ï?  Affordable,
child care implemented by a trained and caring staff in a Christian environment.

The Faith Presbyterian Child Development Center is a service ministry of Faith Presbyterian Church established to assist parents in nurturing their children:
ï?  Intellectually,
ï?  Emotionally,
ï?  Socially
ï?  Physically and
ï?  Spiritually.
learning through play to explore, experience, and achieve.

Core Values:
We believe in the value and uniqueness of each child we serve.

The churchâ??s commitment to this ministry includes:
ï?  Providing opportunities for low-income
families to access the program,
ï?  Meeting all state licensing,
ï?  Meeting national certification standards and
ï?  Continual staff education and development.

A Typical Day

3 ½ Year Olds
Lead Teacher: Ms. Doris
Assistant Teacher: Ms. Esther

7:00-7:30 Arrival in Happy Bunch Room
7:30-8:30 Transition to Unicorns Room
8:30-8:45 Clean-up / Restroom /
Wash Hands
8:45-9:15 Breakfast
9:15-9:30 Circle Time
9:30-10:00 Art Activities
10:00-10:15 Clean-up / Restroom /
Wash Hands
10:15-11:15 Outside Play
11:15-11:30 Clean up / Bathroom /
Wash Hands
11:45 12:15 Lunch Time
12:15-12:30 Bathroom / Wash Hands
12:30-2:45 Naptime
2:45-3:00 Put mats away /
Wash Hands
3:00-3:30 Snack Time
3:30-4:00 Special Activities
4:00-4:15 Bathroom / Wash Hands
4:15-5:00 Art Activities / Centers
5:00-5:20 Outdoor Play
5:20-6:00 Combine Classes /
Preparing to Leave

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year