The Learning Center for Young Children Preschool (LCYC) is a play-based, parent participation preschool. We believe that children learn, grow and discover through music, art, drama, cooking, reading and sensory exploration. LCYC teachers and staff provide a safe and nurturing environment filled with purposeful and developmentally appropriate activities and provide opportunities for hands-on exploration in all aspects of their classroom. Our focus on the whole-child approach emphasizes social-emotional development alongside cognitive skill and growth. Children are allowed and encouraged to use their freedom of expression as they navigate the world around them.
The relationship built between parents, teachers and staff at LCYC establishes the foundation for our school community. When parents invest in this community it demonstrates to children that their education and self-development is important and valued. Parent engagement plays a crucial role at LCYC by establishing the basis from which children can feel secure, accepted, and confident to fulfill their unique potential.
All our classes offer age-appropriate versions of the following engaging activities:
- Free Play – children can enjoy a variety of activities, including block play, water play, dramatic play, easel painting, play dough, and exploration with books and manipulatives.
- Circle Time – this is a time to share, learn about a particular topic, and is often when teachers incorporate reading, movement, and music into the school day.
- Reading – teachers read captivating books to the class, allowing children to indulge in independent book exploration as well.
- Snack – simple healthy snacks are served daily. We offer a dry snack such as crackers, cheese, cereal and bread along with a fruit or vegetable. Children should bring reusable water bottles to use, a bottle filler station is available for refillig. Milk is offered during extended day lunch (for extended day participants).
- Outdoor play – children get to enjoy the school’s enclosed playground equipment or, indoors, they can explore the church’s spacious social hall room, equipped with tricycles, balls, and climbing equipment.
- Art – teachers present exciting art experiences, encouraging creativity while appreciating that, for preschoolers, the process is just as valuable as the end product.
- Music & Movement – children engage in music and movement with teachers daily.
At our center, we aim to provide a well-rounded and stimulating environment, promoting active learning and creativity in a fun-filled manner.
All classes have monthly specials as an enrichment program built into the monthly morning curriculum, tailored to age appropriate levels. These specials include:
- Yoga: expressive movement with music while learning body awareness, mindfulness and calming techniques.
- Art: processed based art, connecting themes in literature and artists; allowing children to express themselves by focusing on the process and not the outcome.
- Nature: highlighting themes of nature such as plant life cycle, hibernation, seasonal changes, habitats and the natural world around them.
- Cooking: special cooking projects are held at least once a month in conjunction with the classes’ monthly themes and seasons.
Children thoroughly enjoy the extended day, which allows them to stay for lunch with their teachers and friends. This continuation of the school day provides a delightful experience where they can relish lunch from home, engage in more playtime, and participate in a special project. The extended day offers additional opportunities for bonding and learning in a relaxed and enjoyable setting.