Our Programs and Curriculum

Our curriculum at Hope Children's Center is developed with the children's best interest in mind. We have a delicate balance of age appropriate fun activities designed to encourage social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills through play. The children have the opportunity to experience "hands on learning" in the following areas: dramatic play - art expression - literature - cooking - manipulative - science - outdoor activities.

Language and vocabulary, math creativity, problem solving, fine and gross motor skills, pro-social skills and uses of imagination are all enhanced while playing and having fun.

18 month’s Curriculum

HCC offers a variety of activities for the children to explore their environment. Language is promoted through books and songs. Social development is taught by encouraging the children to share and use their words. A lot of open-ended art is used to foster self-expression. “Play” is our focus to help the children’s development in all area. Attending a music class and chapel on a weekly basis enhances their growth. Playing outside on a playground designed for this age group is part of the daily activities. There is always an abundance of “hugs” and “cuddles” to help your child feel safe and loved. Our class ratio is 9 children and 2 teachers.

2's Curriculum

We offer a dynamic curriculum based on the principal that children learn best through play in a loving and nurturing environment. Our emphasis is primarily on encouraging social development such as independence from parents and sharing with their peers. We encourage the children to be kind and treat their friends and teachers with respect. Emphasis is placed on establishing routines, building language skills and development of gross and fine motor skills. Our curriculum includes weekly themes, introduction of character traits, Spanish and Music instruction, Library time and arts and crafts. We provide an introduction into the concepts of color, shapes and counting.  Our class ratio is 13 children and 2 teachers.

3’s Curriculum

Our three year program is a great way for children to make new friends, develop meaningful relationships, engage in valuable learning experiences, develop skills in all areas of development and create a love of learning.

In the three’s classrooms your child will learn through hands on activities. Basic geometry skills are learned through building block structures. Volume and measurement are taught by the children making playdough in the classroom.  Science experiments, such as those with shaving cream, ice cubes and colored water teach about how the world works. Literacy and vocabulary are taught through journaling, fingerplays, story reading as well as learning the letters of the alphabet through sensory mediums. Your child’s physical needs are met as well, with activities to strengthen small and large muscles offered daily. Scissors, crayons, paint, an easel, outdoor choice time on our playground and indoor choice time in a three’s classroom are included in your child’s day. The ratio for our 3 year old classes is 13 children with a teacher and teacher assistant.

Pre-K Curriculum

The Pre-K Fours program have an amazing time learning together each day. We incorporate a variety of curriculums to prepare our children for Kindergarten and keep learning fun.

We use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum in our classrooms. It teaches them basic lines and curves, the upper and lowercase alphabet and numbers. Children of different abilities develop and practice crucial readiness and pre-writing skills.

We also use Scholastic's Let's Find Out magazine as a developmentally appropriate supplement to introduce and reinforce core early-learning concepts. These concepts include pre-reading fundamentals, math, science, and social skills.

Our classrooms are also filled with learning centers which teach decision-making, cooperation, sharing with others and problem-solving. While the children play and interact in centers they make discoveries, build knowledge, experiment with literacy and math, and learn to self-regulate and interact with others in socially appropriate ways.

We incorporate circle time and thematic units to enrich the learning experiences with age-appropriate stories, art and other opportunities. Circle time and thematic units help to introduce graphing, patterning, number groups, literature, authors, science and many other interesting events in the lives of pre-k children. We also include our families in our classroom learning with occasional take-home projects and activities to reinforce what we are learning at school.

Our goal in the Pre-K classes at Hope Children's Center is to provide children with a strong academic, social, and emotional base for the future. As a team, we want them to know that God loves them, we love them, and school is a fun and safe place.

18 Month to Pre-K

Our 5 day program meets daily Monday-Friday 9:00am-12:00pm*

Classes are for the following ages:

    •    Pre-K (4 years by September 1, 2017)

 

Our 3 day programs meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00am-12:00pm*

Classes for the following ages:

    •    Pre-K (4 years by September 1, 2017)

    •    3's (3 years by September 1, 2017)

    •    2's (2 years by September 1, 2017)

    •    18 months (18 months by September 1, 2017)

 

Our 2 day programs meets Tuesday and Thursday 9:30am-1:30pm*

Classes for the following ages:

    •    Pre-K (4 years by September 1, 2017)

    •    3's (3 years by September 1, 2017)

    •    2's (2 years by September 1, 2017)

    •    18 months (18 months by September 1, 2017)

 

*Lunch Bunch Programs

Optional extended care (12:00pm to 2:00pm) on Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays for the 3 and 5 day programs.

Optional extended care (12:00pm to 1:30pm) on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for the 5 day program.

Children bring lunch and drink.