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Northridge Presbyterian Church Child Development Center

6920 Bob O Link Drive
Dallas, TX 75214

(214) 827-5521


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Northridge Child Development Center is a play based and research based preschool. At Northridge Child Development Center, play and learning go hand in hand. Students engage in activities targeting fine motor, gross motor, mathematical understanding, literacy, character development and science.Teachers facilitate learning while the children play and explore. NCDC is a small and nurturing program that prepares children both academically and socially for their future school careers. Additionally, NCDC was named a top preschool in Dallas by D Magazine.

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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught All students participate in music and Spanish classes twice weekly. The music class emphasizes movement, development of rhythm, matching pitch, and playing with the elements of music. Children learn Spanish through games and songs. Spanish vocabulary is developed.

From the Director:

Students will develop academic, physical, and social skills that will benefit them throughout school and life. Children are encouraged to learn, explore, and interact with teachers and other children. The curriculum is based on weekly thematic units. Monthly, students engage in enrichment activities. Farm animals and fire trucks visit. Students may participate in Fair Day fun or ride a horse during Western Week. These activities maintain a high interest in school as well as provide opportunities for experiential learning and vocabulary development. A wide variety of center activities are available daily. Circle time is a teacher led activity when children explore poetry, colors, letters, sounds, and quality children's literature.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

During center time activities, teachers encourage students to participate in activities beneficial to the individual. Teachers provide additional instruction within the center to students who require such instruction because of a skill deficit or accelerated learning. Teachers are always careful to teach using play.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

To develop and enhance each child's self esteem, physical, social and emotional growth. To encourage creativity and imagination through art and music. To provide a wide variety of 'hands on' learning experiences. To introduce children to quality children's literature. To provide a caring, nurturing program staffed with qualified teachers.

A Typical Day

Students select center activities upon arrival. Classical music is played during center time. One center activity will be teacher guided, generally, an art activity. Students will also engage in small group, age appropriate math based activities. Students may also visit the dramatic arts, music, blocks, manipulatives, home living, and science centers. Students will next attend music and Spanish classes. Students return to the classroom for lunch. the teachers will lead the circle time activities. The reading of quality children's literature which is connected to the thematic unit is emphasized. Students engage in the development of pre-literacy skills through the use of children's poetry. The children will then enjoy an outdoor play period on a large, enclosed playground which contains climbing equipment, a student garden, picnic tables, slides, and a sandbox. Outdoor play is followed by snack time.Students will engage in gross motor activities which will lead to increased fine motor skills.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents receive a monthly newsletter that contains information of general learning goals as well as parenting support. Teachers see parents daily and give feedback often. Formal parent conferences are held in the spring. Teachers offer counsel on selection of kindergartens as requested.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • 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:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to bring their children for visits prior to the end of the previous school year. Parents are also encouraged to make use of the school playground during the summer. We advise that parents develop a goodbye routine. At the start of the year, children and parents come for a one hour visit during which parents attend a 45 minute orientation. Students remain in the classroom to become acquainted with teachers and classmates. An initial thematic unit is based on the book, The Kissing Hand. Activities assist the children with separation. The director spends time in the classrooms to help with problems should they arise. Students are distracted and comforted when crying.