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Wilshire Baptist Church Early Childhood Learning Center

4316 Abrams Road
Dallas, TX 75214

(214) 452-3115


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Wilshire ECLC is a part time program which meets from 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday for infants through Pre-K ages. Wednesday classes are available for 3 and 4 year olds only.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Since children learn best through hands-on activities, lessons are built around play and experiential learning. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of each child at their level of development along the growth continuum. For infants, toddlers, and two year old, each unit helps develop language, pre-reading, pre-writing, and other foundational skills appropriate to their stage of development. Three, four and five year olds experience opportunities in each unit which help them develop language, reading, writing, and math skills at a developmentally appropriate level.

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
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
  • 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 Our curriculum is Biblically based so each unit includes a Bible story and promotes the child's spiritual growth and development, as well as cognitive, social, physical and emotional development. Music, movement and signing is included for all ages. Spanish is incorporated into the curriculum as well.

From the Director:

Our program has a curriculum specialist who works with the teachers to supplement the curriculum and ensure that developmentally appropriate learning opportunities are presented for all ages. Teachers of every age group assess developmental milestones throughout the year and share a progress report with parents at the end of the year. 3 and 4 year old Pre-K classes utilize Handwriting Without Tears program.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Using a curriculum which is based on learning centers allows each child to progress at their own level and allows the teachers to observe, encourage and teach at the appropriate level. Our low student/teacher ratio gives teachers the opportunity to provide individualized attention.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC), is a Wilshire ministry to the community.

"Wilshire Early Childhood Learning Center offers a comprehensive program for preschoolers who turn 3 months old by September 1 of the current school year through pre-kindergarteners. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program that guides, nurtures, and teaches children at every stage of their development from infancy through pre-kindergarten. By creating developmentally appropriate learning experiences at every stage, foundations are laid for future academic success. Typically, children who complete our program are prepared socially, emotionally, physically, spiritually, and cognitively to move into a kindergarten setting." -- Excerpted from

A Typical Day

Our program is center based which allows children to choose some of their activities during the day while others are initiated by the teachers. Children will have art, science and math activities, reading, story time, large and small group activities. Our music teacher provides music for each class. Our librarian provides story time in the library for 3 and 4 year old classes. A simple snack is provided in the morning. Each day includes time on the playground, lunch (sent from home) and rest time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parent-teacher conferences are held for the pre-K class. Activities of the day are posted at each classroom daily, teachers communicate verbally, by email and by notes sent home, a monthly newsletter is provided, monthly calender,relevant church and community related events are communicated. Parents are included in various seasonal classroom parties during the year and Pastries with Parents at the end of the year. Parents are also invited to volunteer and help with special events such as "Wild West Week" and "Nursery Rhyme Olympics". Our music teacher provides several opportunities that include parents during the year. Parent Education and fun family activities are offered jointly with the Wilshire Preschool Ministry throughout the year.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Meet the Teacher is held the week before school starts so the parents and child can see the classroom and meet the teacher and develop some level of familiarity. When classes start, teachers will actively redirect the anxious child, helping the child to feel comfortable, safe and reassured. Extra staff are available the first few weeks to help provide more attention when needed.