Kids Central Preschool

Learning with Love and Laughter in the Light of Christ

About Central Preschool

Kids Central Christian Preschool provides a loving and caring atmosphere in which each child is encouraged to develop as a unique person with a positive self-image. The school nurtures all aspects of the child’s growth: spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical. Small classes and low teacher to student ratio ensure individualized attention. Your child’s development is enriched by exposure to a variety of learning experiences such as art, dramatic play, poetry, books, music, science, storytelling, show and tell, language and outdoor activities.


Philosophy



We strive to plant the seeds for lifelong curiosity and a love of learning.

As a Faith-based preschool, we seek to reflect Christian values in all of our activities. We want to provide opportunities for the children to experience God’s love and a life of wholeness. This includes bi-weekly chapel visits, grace before eating, songs of praise and thanksgiving, and celebration of Christian holidays.

Our staff is carefully selected for warmth, enthusiasm, sympathetic understanding, and the ability to work for the best interests of children and their parents. Partnering with families, we strive to provide the early security and success that serves children well as they transition from home to school.

Curriculum


For each month, we have designed a curriculum with specific goals in the following elements: Bible Theme, Seasonal/Holiday Topics, Skills, Nature/Science, Social/Emotional Development. Using the Pennsylvania State Standards as a guide, specific skills for the different levels are as follows:


Classes

Three-Year-Olds

Curriculum stresses Christian principles and values. Guidance in social behavior and language development are emphasized for three year-olds. Loosely structured interaction with children is encouraged in free play (blocks, housekeeping, manipulative toys, etc.) as well as creative and sensory activities (painting, clay, crayons, water play, pasting, and other art activities). Cognitive skills are developed through games, puzzles, finger plays and music. Large muscle indoor and outdoor activities are also included, as well as movement with music.

The program broadens as the school year progresses to introduce experiences including science, basic colors and shapes, fine motor instruction, i.e., cutting skills and constructive play, as well as listening games, following simple directions, and creative play.

Four-Year-Olds

The child’s interests turn to group games and more cognitive learning: alphabet, counting, colors, shapes,written letter name recognition, sequencing and listening skills. Guidance is provided in social behavior to build independence, awareness of others, and self control, which are important skills for kindergarten readiness.

The program broadens to introduce use of pencils, increased cutting skills, and to foster curiosity in other environments through books and play activities, which introduce comparing and categorizing skills.

Weekly Enrichment Day

A weekly enrichment day is available for each age group nourishing participants through specialized learning in STEM, Music, Art, Wellness, and Literature. Each Friday for Three Year Olds, and each Tuesday for Four Year Olds, we will rotate through these areas within the appropriate curriculum goals for each month or season.

Answers to questions parents commonly ask……

Classes are held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 9:30 to 12:00. We chose this time so that if parents have other children in elementary school, it is easy to get them on the bus and then make it to Preschool on time. It also fits nicely with siblings’ mid-day kindergarten pick-ups at 11:30 and drop-offs at 12:30.

Three year-olds attend Monday and Wednesday mornings, and four year-olds attend Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. We offer an “Extra Day” program for both 3’s and 4’s. Fantastic Friday and Terrific Tuesday are part of an optional extra day program offered at an additional cost. They provide one additional day each month to participants.

There are ten children in a three year-old class, and fourteen children in a four year-old class. Each classroom has one Lead Teacher and one Assistant Teacher. The Director also spends part of most days in the classrooms. Due to the nature of the Extra Day programs, the Teacher to Student ratio is somewhat lower.

Formal individual conferences with parents are held in early February for our 4’s, and in early March for our 3’s. Parents with concerns may make appointments with teachers or the director at any time throughout the school year. It is our goal that nothing said at the conference should come as a surprise to parents. Communication is frequent and open.
Yes, we have a lovely municipal grade playground. We have several structures, enclosed by a sturdy fence and sheltered by trees. Because it is not visible from the street, folks often don’t realize we have such a wonderful playground!
We have ample parking in our lot. Parents pick up their children at the door of the classroom, where there is time to interact with other parents and speak briefly with the teachers during dismissal. We maintain a list of adults who parents designate to pick up children, and we are very strict about adhering to these lists. Adults with whom we are not familiar are asked to provide photo identification, and if not on the list, we will not release the child until we make contact with a parent and gain authorization. Additional care is taken with the children in that all staff members and substitutes have been cleared of obtained all necessary child abuse and criminal history background checks and clearances from the State of Pennsylvania and Nationally.
If Downingtown schools are closed during the winter months for inclement weather, we also will be closed. If Downingtown schools announce a two hour delay, we too will open two hours late, at 11:30, and dismiss at 1:30…should this occur, each child is asked to bring a light bagged lunch that will be eaten at snack time. If Downingtown schools announce an early closing during the school morning, we will begin dismissing immediately as soon as parents can return to pick up their children. Occasionally we find it necessary to close even when DASD has not. Parents are notified via e-mail, our Facebook Parents closed group, as well as local news outlets (channels 3, 6 and 10 and KYW radio).
Parents will be asked periodically to provide a nutritious snack for their child’s room. Provision of a drink is optional as we always have filtered water available. The teacher will offer suggestions in order that a variety of simple, low-sugar snacks will be served. Please, no cookies or cupcakes except for special occasions like birthdays! Because of allergies, absolutely no tree nuts, peanuts or peanut butter in any pre-packaged or homemade snacks
can be brought to school.
Sometimes allergens can be hidden in foods you might think are safe. If you have questions, please contact the Director.
Yes! For an extra $10, Lunch Bunch is offered once a month, typically on the third Wednesday. It is an extended day from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Each child brings a bagged lunch. We all eat together in our fellowship hall and then dismiss to the classrooms for a planned activity and free play. The purpose of Lunch Bunch is FUN!
Not at all, we have children here who are Central Presbyterian Church members, children whose families do not attend church at all, families from other Christian denominations, and children from around the world who practice non-Christian religions at home. What these families have in common is a desire for their children to feel loved by God.
We believe that a critical part of early childhood development is instilling a sense in every child that he or she is a unique and special person, created by God and cherished by Him. We strive to bring that love into everything we do here, in a non-denominational Christian atmosphere. We teach Old and New Testament Bible stories, typically one to three per month, which we build our curriculum around. For instance, in January, when we talk about Martin Luther King Day, we talk about understanding for all people. The Bible nicely illustrates this concept with the story of the Good Samaritan, who helped a man even though they were from different cultures. We say grace before each meal, and we have Chapel visits every other week with special children’s stories where our excellent pastors interact with the kids in an age appropriate, non-threatening atmosphere. We observe all Christian holidays.
Kids Central typically has several field trips throughout the year. In October, the 3’s go to Highland Orchards to pick apples and watch apple cider being made, while the 4’s head off to spend time with residents of a local elder-care facility. In January, we have an on-site field trip where the Great Valley Nature Center comes with animals and we talk about what the animals do in winter. They surprise us each year with a different selection of animals that the children can see and touch! March brings another 4’s trip where they get to experience the Five Senses Tour. In 2016 it was a trip to the Herr’s Snack Factory. When Spring comes we are off to Springton Manor Farm and Milky Way Farm, where we see many signs of new life on the farm. We meet pigs, goats, chickens, and at Milky Way, the 4’s get to watch the robotic milking machine in action! Once the weather breaks, the 4’s classes take a trip to the Downingtown Library, where Mrs. Miller reads us stories and introduces us to the library. The rest of our time is spent at “The Sky’s the Limit” playground. She comes to Kids Central for a special story time with our 3’s. Occasionally other field trips are planned as curriculum suggests.
Each month Miss Sarah comes from Jitterbugs Music & Movement L.L.C to share musical adventures; Mrs. Chiavetta will share monthly music time with our students as well. We also have a 10-15 minute Chapel visit every other week where the children are encouraged to sit quietly and listen to one of our pastors share an interactive children’s message. We have Science and Nature with Margaret about once a month. We also have several programs throughout the year to support our learning goals. We invite community helpers to teach the children in ways that support our curriculum. In October, the Firefighters come to support National Fire Prevention Week, and in February, the dental hygienist comes to teach the children about healthy teeth. The 4’s get a special end of year visit from Mr. Lucas and his school bus; they get to sit on the bus and learn about bus safety just in time for Kindergarten.
Admission will be offered first to children of Central Presbyterian Church members and children presently enrolled in the program. Registration for three year-olds is ongoing; tours begin in November. Registration for four-year olds is held in early January. Because returning students take the majority of places, it is easier to gain acceptance as a three year-old. Open registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the desired class is filled, the child is placed on a waiting list. A birth certificate and disclosure of prior preschool placement is necessary for enrollment. A non-refundable fee of $50.00 is required at the time of registration to reserve a place for your child.
Yes! As a ministry of Central Presbyterian Church, one of our program goals is to offer children an opportunity to attend a quality Christian preschool regardless of whether their parents can afford it. We are able to offer need-based tuition assistance for a few families every year. A scholarship application can be obtained from the Director.
Yes! We welcome children who are non-native English speakers. We believe it is helpful for the kindergarten success of these children to begin elementary school knowing functional English skills; and, we believe it is a good experience for all the children in the program to meet and become friends with kids and their families who come from different backgrounds. We enroll several children each year who have limited English skills, and it is astonishing to realize how fast three and four year-olds can learn a new language! We find that most children can comfortably participate in class within the typical adjustment period we see with native English speakers, and are able to understand and begin to speak English to their classmates by the late fall or even earlier.
Please call our Director, Mrs. Robin Chiavetta at (610) 269-0297, or email at [email protected]
She will be happy to schedule a tour so you can see the school and meet our excellent teachers. Or feel free to fill out the contact form below:
We are located at 100 West Uwchlan Avenue, Downingtown, Pennsylvania, at the intersection of Route 113 and Pennsylvania Avenue.
In the “Round Church”.

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“Kids Central Preschool admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.”