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Dealey Child Care Center at Presbyterian Hospital

8190 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75231

(214) 345-7353

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Children learn by exploring their environment through hands-on experience and play. Through play and carefully planned, developmentally appropriate experiences, children are acquiring the skills and abilities needed for kindergarten and beyond, all guided by the facilitation of and instruction of our teaching staff.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Metroplex Gymnastics visits the center on Tuesday afternoons to provide classes for children ages 2 and up. The Kid's Dance Company provides classes in creative movement, tap and ballet for children ages 2 and up, on Wednesday mornings at the Center. Both of these activities are an additional fee.

From the Director:

We are committed to developing the whole child, and nurturing each child's unique qualities and potential. Children are encouraged to explore their environment, think creatively, make their own decisions and help solve their problems. Teachers guide and enhance this process through materials and activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Learning center activities provide students the opportunity to develop at their own pace, as teachers guide and assist as needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is "To create a nurturing and safe learning environment through respect and love, for children, families, and peers." The Center offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum in the context of each child's cultural background. With attention to the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs of the child, planned activities promote mastery and social competence. We believe that learning should be a fun and joyous activity, one that will challenge and build a child's sense of self-worth and individuality. We respect children as unique individuals with the right to learn in a safe, healthy, nurturing environment at their own pace.

A Typical Day

As children develop, the classroom schedule becomes more complex. Activities are organized into age-appropriate units. Unit topics range from dinosaurs to weather to ecology. The unit theme provides the vehicle for introducing language, math, and science. Monthly themes are planned in advance, and related activities provide the opportunities to share, explore, interact with others, and learn responsibility. Center -planned learning activities are used.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are invited to visit the Center at any time and are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions. A conference can be scheduled at any time the parents determine a need. The Parent Advisory Committee has been established to assist the director and parents in planning for and providing quality and consistent care. Parent Education Seminars are offered periodically on a variety of topics. Events are announced in the employees newsletters, the Center's newsletters, email, and posted on bulletin boards.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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