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Preston Hollow UMC Child Development Center

6315 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75230

Phone:
(214) 369-4630

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Ours is a developmental program designed to meet age-appropriate goals, allowing for problem-solving and discovery.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers at the Child Development Center have experience teaching young children, work in pairs, and explore new ideas based on workshops and college credit classes. Because there are two teachers in the younger classes, each child has opportunities every day to work in small groups and one-on-one with a teacher to maximize individual potential.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

� To offer children a healthy, safe environment for learning and developing relations with their peers and adults away from family.

� To encourage each child to grow and develop at his/her own pace and to feel good about himself/herself as an individual and as a precious child of God.

� To offer children time to explore, time to ask questions, time to talk things out, time for fun, and time for rest.

-- Excerpted from www.prestonhollowumc.org

A Typical Day

"Successful learning happens in age-appropriate interest centers through art, sensory exploration, imaginative play, manipulatives, story-telling, listening and building activities. Games, music, language experiences, and motor development are included in daily routines. Chapel is part of our weekly curriculum.

"Children are encouraged to play independantly as well as cooperatively, with emphasis on helping each child develop his/her cognitive, social, emotional, physical and spiritual potentials. Self-help skills are encouraged."

-- Excerpted from prestonhollowumc.org

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

General communication is usually by telephone or email. We have monthly newsletters and allow plenty of time to talk to parents at drop-off, pick-up, or by appointment. In August, we have a Meet the Teacher orientation. Open House Carnivals for families are in October and May. Our Parent Association meets periodically to enhance communication and parent education. Conferences are scheduled at mid year, but available anytime on request.

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Extra staff (floaters) are available as needed at the beginning of the year. Current students visit in their new classrooms and meet their new teachers several times during the week before the school year begins. We allow new families to visit for an hour or so before the children start and recommend shorter days for the first week, if possible.