Our Full Day program at First Church Early Learning Center is structured so that each child's development is self-paced. Learning at this level must be carefully planned, yet based on the spontaneous interest of children. The basis for our daily educational planning is to focus on the interests of the children while incorporating the Connecticut State Department of Education Preschool Assessment Framework, the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards, and NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards. The children engage in preschool curriculum and have the opportunity to participate in a variety of individual, small group and large group fine motor, gross motor, and social activities throughout the course of the year. Through creative curriculum and play based learning, the children have the opportunity to explore a variety of areas in the classroom including but not limited to art, blocks, science, math, sensory, dramatic play, and toys and games to enhance their critical thinking skills.
Our full day program operates year-round and follows a traditional school calendar, starting in September and continuing through June. In the summer months of July and August, the Full Day program follows more of a summer camp schedule.
Parents have numerous opportunities to stay connected with their children's learning at First Church Early Learning Center. Through communication, progress reports, and conferences, the teachers are able to update the parents with information about each individual child's growth and development. Our open door policy, family events, and field trips are just a few other ways the parents love to stay involved at our school!