The School and Our Philosophy

    Fully realizing that the early years of life are the most important for helping children know that they matter, The Early Learning Program of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church exists as an extension of the Ministry of The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church.

    The ELP is a developmentally appropriate plan and Christian learning environment, which nurtures young children’s social, emotional, physical and spiritual cognitive development.  You will find our facility to be open and bright, while at the same time, safe, clean, warm and comforting.

    We believe the most important benefits a child can gain from our ELP are as follows:

     · A positive self image

     · Confidence by experiencing success

     · Experience in social interactions

     · Love and appreciation of family and the Lord.

    Our primary focus is the child, and our goal is to enrich, integrate, and nurture three important focal environments.

    We believe these three environments need to be  part of a communication network in order to provide support and encouragement for each.

    Through appropriate practices of play,  exploration  and experiences involving the senses, the curriculum will encourage the children to be actively involved in the learning process.  They will have opportunity to experience a variety of developmental activities using designate materials, and to  pursue their own interests in the context of life in the community.

    The ELP will strive to integrate Christian principals throughout the curriculum.  The goal is to enhance the child’s ability to deal, from a Christian perspective, with the moral and spiritual aspects of his/her environment by learning more about:

     · God’s unchanging love

     · The belief that each person is special

     · Thanking God for our blessings

     · God’s best gift to us—Jesus

     · God planning the seasons

     · The importance of loving each other and our country

     · Jesus lives forever

     · Placing importance on and emphasize family

    Our program has been tailored to meet the needs of the children rather than expecting children to adjust to the demands of a specific program.

    The concept of developmentally appropriate curriculum has two dimensions:  1)  age appropriateness, and 2) individual appropriateness.

     1) Age Appropriateness—human development research indicates that there are universal predictable sequences of growth and change that occur in children during the first nine years of life.  The predictable changes occur in all domains of development:  physical, emotional, social and cognitive.  Knowledge of typical development in children within the age span served by the program provides a framework from which teachers prepare the learning environment and plan experiences.

     2) Individual Appropriateness—each child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth, as well as an individual personality, learning style, and family background.  Both the curriculum and the adult interaction with children should be responsive to individual difference.  Learning in young children is the result of interaction between the child’s thoughts and experiences with materials, ideas, and people.  The experiences should match the child’s developing abilities  while also challenging the child’s interests and understanding.

    In order to accomplish the stated goals of ELP, the teaches and teacher’s assistants have been carefully chosen, not only on the basis of their educational background and experience, but also for the personalities and  the warmth and concern they exhibit towards the children.

    Everyone of the staff has a good understanding and appreciation of children, relates well to them, treats them with respect and speaks with them in a positive manner.

    The ELP has developed a team of teachers and assistants who love and are committed to the child and who are educated in the needs and stages of the emerging child.  The teachers can use their knowledge to identify the range of appropriate behaviors, activities and materials for each age group.

    Parents are always welcome to visit the school and participate in school activities.  We encourage your comments and suggestions for ways of improving our program.  We believe in parents and teachers working together as a team.