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Lake Highlands UMC Christian Childhood Development Center

9015 Plano Road
Dallas, TX 75238

(214) 349-4489


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Through learning centers in the classroom, children are provided with interactive, hands on, and play-based learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Handwriting curriculum, 'journaling'
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Manipulatives, math kits
Time & space more

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

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Changing science centers
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Daily singing
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

Our curriculum is age and developmentally appropriate and will challenge the social, emotional, cognitive, language, spiritual and physical needs of your child. Older 2s and 3s follow a theme-based integrated curriculum, while the PreK classes use an alphabetic approach with an integrated curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We have small class ratios with two teachers in each room. The teachers work with the parents to find the best ways to engage these children. We will also offer referrals for children whom we feel unable to provide with the optimum situation.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

CCDC believes that all children are unique individuals and active learners. Young children learn according to a developmental sequence and each child progresses at their own pace. To enhance each child's spiritual development, the center strives to provide an environment for the children in which an integrated approach to discovering God's love is practiced in an atmosphere of Christian love. As in all programs of the United Methodist Church, people of all races are accepted for enrollment at CCDC.

A Typical Day

Rooms are set up in the mornings for the children to play in centers until all have arrived. Then follows circle time, center play, snack, music, playground time, lunch. Depending on the age of the children, a second circle time will be held or naps after lunch.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent/Teacher meetings in September, weekly emails, monthly newsletters, parent/teacher conferences February-April. Most of our families know where their children will be going to kindergarten, and they begin the application process to these schools on their own.

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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

The teachers work to involve the children in activities going on in the room. They also have the child bring something from home that they can use to bring them comfort and remind them of home and mom.