Bethlehem Child Care Center

Our Pre-Kindergarten Program

Our Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program is designed for 4 and 5 year old children who will be entering Kindergarten the following fall. 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.

Activities are designed at a more advanced level than our Beginner class. There are more pre-literacy activities (recognizing and writing their names, letter recognition, telling a story from pictures), more sorting and graphing (pre-math), and work to develop the social skills necessary for Kindergarten. During free play, children are given a variety of options, which are changed and enriched regularly.  These include: a dramatic play area, fine and gross motor activities, art experiences, science and math activities and times 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 between 15-20 students per day. We offer both full day and half day options and require that you enroll you child for a minimum of 2 days a week.

Pre-K Half Day Schedule

9:00 am – 1:00 pm / M-F
Sample Daily Schedule Pre-K A:
9:00 – Free Play/Centers
9:10 – Morning Meeting
9:30 – Small Group Time & Snack
10:15 – Outdoor Play
10:45 – Group Time & explain Centers
11:00 – Centers/Study Time
12:00  – Lunch, followed by Sharing
1:00 – Half day children are picked up

Sample Daily Schedule
 Pre-K B:
9:00  – Free Play/Centers
9:15  – Morning Meeting
9:30  – Center/Study Time, Snack
10:45 – Outdoor Play
11:25 – Small Group
11:45  – Story Time & Review Morning
12:00  – Lunch, followed by Sharing
1:00 – Half day children are picked up

Pre-K Full Day Schedule

7:30 am – 5:30 pm / M-F
Full day children are part of our morning Pre-Kindergarten school class. The remainder of the daily schedule is as follows:
1:00 – Rest/Nap Time
1:45 – Quiet Activities, Centers
2:30 – Free choice & snack
3:00 – Outdoor play
4:00 – Stories, art, dramatic play, open choice, Fellowship Hall
5:30 – Center closes