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We are a weekday morning preschool for children ages three to five years old. Teachers encourage children to use critical thinking and problem solving skills in their daily experiences. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is designed to enhance social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth in young children. Child initiated and teacher supported play is an essential component of our program. Children will have the opportunity to participate in project based learning centers, sand/water play, fine/gross motor activities, and weekly music class. Being a catholic center, we incorporate bible stories, prayer and catholic identity into our daily lessons.
Our Early Childhood Center provides an environment in which the spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual and physical growth of the child is fostered. Being a Catholic Center, we incorporate Bible Stories, prayer, and Christian values into our daily lessons. We instill the importance of each unique individual and promote the worth of each child’s ideas, feelings and actions.
Daily activities center around appropriate developmental levels for each age. Intellectual and physical activities (both gross motor and fine motor) are included each day to challenge and stimulate the growing child. Children participate in arts and crafts, music class, storytelling, cutting and pasting, sand and water play, and in-house field trips. Developmentally appropriate academic concepts are taught at your child’s level of understanding.
Most importantly, the children learn on a daily basis how to play with their peers in a cooperative manner, learning to share with others and create friendships. We work together with parents to broaden the experience of their preschool child and to help each child find happiness and security in his/her ever-expanding world.
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., depending on your child’s class assignment.
3 year olds (children must have turned 3 on or before August 31)
- Tue/Thu 9:30-12:30
- Tue/Wed/Thu 9:30-12:30
- Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30-12:30
- Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30-1:00
4 year olds (children must have turned 4 on or before August 31)
- Mon/Wed/Fri 9:30-12:30
- Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 9:30-12:30
- Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu 9:30-1:00
PreK or Transition (children must have turned 5 on or before December 1)
- Mon-Fri 9:30-1:00
Each day parents send a nutritious lunch and drink for their child. Children usually eat between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Generally there is no snack in the morning prior to lunch; however, there may be times when cooking experiences are incorporated to enhance our theme for the day.
Teachers and Students
We are committed to keeping our student to teacher ratio as low as possible. Three year old classrooms have a 6:1 ratio. Four year old classrooms have a 7:1 ratio, and our PreK classroom has a 8:1 ratio. All teachers have extensive experience working with young children, and are provided with continuing education classes to enhance their teaching skills. All ECC Staff members receive training in CPR/First Aid.
Our school year begins after Labor Day and concludes before Memorial Day (no classes in June). In general, we will follow a “Catholic School” calendar, similar to those of Catholic elementary schools in the Cary/Apex area.
A “Meet the Teacher” Day and an Orientation Day for both students and parents will be scheduled prior to Labor Day (usually during the last week of August).
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be scheduled at least once during the year. Our teachers are always willing to schedule additional conferences at other times if parents would like to discuss their child’s progress. Likewise, should a concern arise in the classroom, the teacher will be in touch with the parent. We want to work together to do what is best for each child.
Parents are encouraged to visit the classrooms after the first month of school. Children need the first several weeks to adjust to the school environment. In addition, parents are needed in several other capacities, from Room Parents to Fundraising to Playground Equipment and Maintenance. Please take advantage of the opportunity to share your time and talents!
Inclement Weather Policy
If we experience inclement weather, please stay tuned to school closings / delays in the media, ie.,
Closings / Delays Announced at WRAL.COM
If Wake County Schools announces…
- – that schools will be closed for the day, ECC will also be closed.
- – a 1 or 2 hour delay ECC hours will be 11 a.m. -1 p.m.
- – a 3 hour delay, ECC hours will be 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
- – an early CLOSING of ONE hour, ECC normal hours will be in effect.
- – an early CLOSING of TWO or more hours, please come to the ECC to pick up your child immediately.