Bethlehem Child Care Center

Our Beginners Program

Beginners Preschool Program

Beginners is our program for 3 and 4 year olds. It is a place for children to learn, grow, discover and explore! Our focus is on developmentally appropriate play activities, including a balance of structured group times (stories, music, and art projects) and less structured time for free play.

During free play, children are given a variety of options which are changed and enriched regularly. These include: pre-literacy activities, a dramatic play area, fine and gross motor activities, art projects, math and science activities, and time for social development.

We pride ourselves on maintaining low teacher to student ratios, typically 1:7. This allows our teachers to spend more one on one time with each child and creates an excellent learning environment. Our class sizes are usually 15-20 students per day. We offer both full day and half day options and require that you enroll your child for a minimum of 2 days a week.

We will enroll children based on these criteria:
1. The order in which we receive completed paperwork.
2. Beginners: children must be 3 by September 1. Pre-K: children must be 4 by September 1.
3. For applications in the Beginners room: children who turn 3 between September 1 and October 1 will be automatically added to the Wait List. They will be eligible to be assigned to Beginners if there are openings after June 1.
4. Children who turn 3 after October 1 will not be enrolled in the program.

Beginners Schedule

Beginners 3 & 4 year Olds
9:00 am to 12:00 /M-F

Sample Daily Schedule

9:00 Group Time, welcome & calendar
9:30 Work Centers / Free choice
10:30 Snack
11:00 Story Time, songs, & finger plays
11:30 Outdoor play
12:00 Half day children are picked up
Children who need care over the lunch hour may bring their own lunch and join the “Lunch Bunch” until 1:00. Families need to sign up for this care.

7:00 am – 6:00 pm / M-F

Full day children are part of our morning Beginners class.

The remainder of the daily schedule is as follows:
12:45 Story time
1:00 Rest/Nap Time
1:45 Quiet Activities and Work Centers
2:45 Free choice and snack
4:00 Outdoor play
5:00 Stories, art, dramatic play, Fellowship Hall
6:00 Center closes

NOTE: Children must be 3 years old and fully toilet trained to start Beginners.