Programs are available for children 12 months to 5 years old. Children must be age eligible by August 31st, the official Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) cut-off date, to enroll. Classes are offered from 8:55 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. Monday through Friday with a variety of options at each age level. The preschool operates on a nine-month calendar, beginning in September and ending in May.
Class Size & Placement
Class size (child/teacher ratio) is determined by the child’s age, room size and required square footage recommended by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Class placement is a careful and thoughtful process. Individual needs, special needs, boy/girl ratio and the age of each child is considered. The Children’s Circle staff members also make observations and recommendations for class placement.
We believe it is important that children have the opportunity to explore, question, manipulate, create, discover and make choices in an atmosphere of love, trust and reverence. With God’s help, each child will become the person he or she is intended to be. Learning activities, materials and practices are developmentally appropriate and relevant to the lives of young children.
Toddlers – Fours
The toddler through fours programs utilize Creative Curriculum, a project-based early childhood approach designed to foster the development of the whole child through teacher-led small and large group activities. The curriculum focuses on five areas of development:
- Spiritual Development – promoting a love of God.
- Social Development – learning to respect ourselves and others
- Emotional Development – establishing a positive self-image
- Cognitively Development – encouraging creativity and self-expression
- Physical Development – fostering fine and gross motor skills
The five year old class is for children who are eligible for kindergarten but may benefit from another year to grow and mature. The program utilizes ScienceStart! Curriculum, an inquiry-based, hands-on approach that allows your child to explore the world around them. The curriculum fosters receptive and expressive language skills, self-regulation of attention skills and problem-solving skills. Children have the opportunity to take their learning “on the road” with in-house field trips and service projects.
Literacy with Ms. Beth
Through weekly sessions with Ms. Beth, our children in toddlers, 2s and 3s are exposed to important early literacy skills such as listening in a group, rhyming, following directions and predicting. Curiosity and imagination develop through books, stories, movement, puppets and more. Beginning in January, our 3s check out books monthly from the preschool library.
Ms. Beth also fosters a love of reading and a respect for books in weekly literacy sessions with children in our 4s and 5s. Through activities that focus on early phonics skills, book and author study series and exploration of our center-based literacy lab, children gain a readiness for reading. Children check out books weekly from the preschool library.
Art/Science & Math with Ms. Gayle
Children in 4s and 5s enjoy weekly art sessions with Ms. Gayle in our Art Lab, complete with a variety of centers in which children can create and experiment in every class. By focusing on the process of creating art and not the product, children are allowed to freely explore materials and realize there is no “right or wrong” way to make art.
Starting in January, children in our 4s and 5s learn valuable science and math skills in weekly sessions with Ms. Gayle. From exploring levers, inclined planes and wheels to looking inside a clock radio and a phone, our children are getting hands-on experiences and being encouraged to ask exploratory questions.
Creative Movement with Claudette Miller
Creative Movement comes to TCC monthly bringing fun-filled 30 minute sessions for children in our 3s, 4s and 5s. The classes challenge the children to use their imagination and express themselves through movement, while developing gross motor skills.
Children in our 3s, 4s and 5s grow in faith through a special Chapel service held twice a month in Francis Chapel. Each service includes music and a message from a member of the church clergy or staff. Children are encouraged to bring a designated food offering for Blessing in a Backpack.
To encourage self-confidence and independence and as a convenience for our families, we offer morning and afternoon carpool for our 3s, 4s and 5s and afternoon carpool for our 2s. Carpool numbers and drop-off and pick-up instructions are given to families at Open House.