Infant Care and Preschool for ages 1 to 5
2927 E. Campbell Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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From our Director
My name is April Fewell and I am pleased to introduce myself as the MVCP Director. I am so excited that you are considering our preschool as the place for your child to grow and learn! My desire is that your child will grow developmentally, emotionally, physically, academically, and spiritually. I am proud of our program and how we offer a wide variety of academic experiences and works to instill a love of Jesus Christ into the hearts of our young students.
We are more than a business, we are a part of your family. We want you to have regular conversations with your child’s teacher, however, I also want to encourage you to call, e-mail or stop by the preschool office to speak with me about any comments, questions, or concerns you may have regarding your child. If you’d like to sit down over a cup of coffee and talk, just let let me know. I’ll buy the coffee and we can talk.
More than just daycare
How do you find the right preschool for the entire age range of of your daycare needs? What do you look for? Will they teach and challenge your child as well as love and care for them as much as you?
We can help! Campbell Community Church Preschool offers baby care and classes for 1 year old, 2 year old, 3 year old, 4 year old and pre-k children. We keep our teacher/student ratios much lower than state requirements and even lower than most other preschools, because we know that it is that three-way relationship between you, your child, and the teacher that helps so much. No one wants the child warehouse model where there is one teacher in a room with dozens of children. We want what you want: personalized teaching, playful interaction, and a long-term relationship which will see your child from infancy until they head off for Kindergarten.
We intentionally seek staff for whom teaching children is a passion and calling. We truly want to work with children, balancing playtime, teaching, physical activity, and creative arts. If we do our job right, your child will be a well rounded individual when they go on to elementary school.
Your child really matters. They matter to you, and they matter to us, too.
Questions To Ask
The bottom line is that we care about your child, whether you choose us or not. We want your child to be in just the right environment so he or she grows up healthy and fulfilled. Here is a list of questions to ask as you visit and compare preschools. We hope this helps you in your search. We absolutely welcome any questions here and welcome you to observe our classrooms and our teachers at work. Please feel free to call us at any time at (602) 955-5832.
1. What is the background and experience of the teachers and staff?
2. How is discipline handled?
3. What is the teacher to student ratio?
4. What is the turnover rate for teachers?
5. How often do children watch television or movies?
6. How often do teachers read with or to the children each day?
7. How often do the kids have free play time?
8. What are the educational goals for each age group?
9. Are there potty training requirements?
10. Are snacks or meals provided?
11. Is there a regular nap time? What about older students who don’t want to nap?
12. What practical life skills are taught at each age level, and how is this taught?
WE TEACH LIFE SKILLS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Spiritual growth is a key part of life. Here your child will learn age-appropriate Bible lessons and songs taught by our children’s pastor.
In many other cultures, music is participatory with everyone involved. Our music program takes this focus, teaching children to be actively involved in music. We learn rhythm, pitch, singing, dance and movement. Children are encouraged to get silly and to get up and move. The teacher uses instruments and props to provide kinesthetic experiences that leave the children with an appreciation for all kinds of music.
Physical activity is highly important for children. Our sports program offers them the opportunity to begin learning the basics of sports such as throwing, kicking, hitting a ball, catching a ball, and safe movement as well as the basics of how to play basketball, soccer, and baseball. Children are taught the motor skills and motions that can be used to build on later if they want to play these sports in school. In addition, they are taught how to stretch and warm up as well as the importance of hydration.
Studies show that learning a second language as a child, improves language abilities in all areas, including their native language. We have a Spanish program. Instead of doing a “sit and learn activity” the teacher engages in play with the children and speaks in Spanish for the entire session, teaching them colors, shapes, days of the week and months, and common phrases. Our goal is to expose the children to the language and set a foundation for which to build on in later years.
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
According to experts, babies as young as six to seven months old can remember a sign. By eight months, children can begin to sign single words and imitate gestures, and by 24 months, children can sign compound words and full sentences. Many abnormal behaviors such as aggression, tantrumming, self-injury, anxiety, and depression, are often attributed to an inability to communicate to others. Sign language allows the child to communicate using signs and motivates the verbal language process. Another benefit of teaching a child to sign may be the facilitation of their attentiveness to social gestures of others as well as of themselves. Teaching sign language along with speech has proven to speed up spoken communication.
Infants are just beginning to learn about the world around them. At MVCP we will be there to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing environment in which that may begin. We have designed our infant rooms to be cozy, allowing children to feel close to their caregivers at all times. Our program is also designed so that children receive all the attention they need to feel safe and secure as well as loved and protected.
Curriculum for this age concentrates on transitional skills. Teachers work with the students to help them eat more solid food, hold and use eating utensils, sit at tables for meals, sit and listen to stories, sleep on nap mats, and transition from pacifiers and bottles to sippy cups and water bottles. In addition to those life skills, the teachers use verbal and sign language to develop a child’s vocabulary from babbling to comprehensible words.
This room runs on a more structured curriculum. The teachers run a circle time every morning that covers colors, shapes, days of the week, and other early learning subjects. In addition to the circle time, the students engage in three centers every day. The first center is an art project that follows the theme of the week. The second center is a motor skill type activity which includes using scissors, tracing, and more. The third is an exploratory type activity like the kitchen or tool sets to provide opportunities for development in all of the different learning areas.
Similar to the Twos room, with circle times, the Threes begin to work on learning their alphabet and pre-writing skills, beginning math skills, and advancing motor skills.
These rooms concentrates on allowing children to become more independent by presenting opportunities for them to problem solve and explore new situations. In addition to allowing them to make their own choices, the teachers engage the students in a variety of activities to provide kindergarten readiness skills such as pre-reading, early math, beginning sciences and history
Campbell Community Church Preschool exists to work together with parents to nurture children toward life-success in a safe haven of encouragement, excellence and love. While here every child will feel valued, confident and secure. We believe that children learn best through hands-on experiences, including play and exploration. Our staff will work with your child to foster these experiences. Toys, lesson materials and activities will be provided that encourage imaginative play and creativity. We will also promote development in the following areas:
Social and Emotional Development – Your child will become more aware of self and others, learn to work out problems in positive ways, and to interact with peers as well as adults. We respect each child’s feelings, helping them learn appropriate outlets for emotions through dramatic play, stories, and active as well as quiet play. Your child will be encouraged to care for family, friends, and community.
Cognitive Skills – Your child will be exposed to language and vocabulary, number concepts, size and shape discrimination, color recognition, and spatial relationships. Games, directed projects and other learning tools will assist each child in learning at his or her own pace.
Physical Development – Your child will take important steps for healthy physical development. From a young age, large toys are used daily to promote gross motor development. As the children grow, we offer scheduled physical education time with both team play that teaches sports skills and free play to encourage children to be active. Puzzles, scissors and other small manipulative materials are used to build fine motor skills.
Spiritual Awareness – Your child is a whole being with needs in physical, mental, and spiritual development. We are a Christ-honoring institution, so we see faith in God as natural and essential to the development of a whole and balanced child. Faith lessons are simplified to a child’s level of comprehension and will include simple stories about Jesus. Religious ties to holidays will be included in classroom curriculum. Virtues of love, honor, respect and responsibility are core values of such faith. Prayer will be a part of each day.
Creative Expression – Your child will receive a wide variety of artistic experiences, materials, and substances to expand the child’s awareness of color, form, and texture. We offer weekly classes in music and movement to learn about sound, order, rhythm and beauty. Creative exercises are integrated throughout the curriculum with various opportunities for self-expression and imaginative play. Each classroom will also have areas for quiet time where a child can relax or just be alone.