The Little School
Serving Children 3 Months through 2.5 Years
We serve children from 3 months through 2.5 years of age with regular sessions from 9:15 AM to 2:30 PM. Early Bird and/or Extended Day programs are also available from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We are in operation Monday through Friday. Parents have the option to enroll their children 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days.
We offer a Christian environment with a curriculum designed to prepare even our youngest children to move on to the next important step in their lives. Our teachers provide a nurturing atmosphere and are devoted to providing the best quality of care and environment possible for our Little School children.
If you have any questions or comments, contact Candice Alexander at 713-784-0820.
Classroom Ratios and Ages
The Little School program accepts children at three months of age. The ratio for this age group is 1:3. The next age group (nine to twelve months) has the same ratio of 1:3. The primary responsibility of the teachers for these age groups is to provide a loving and nurturing environment while providing the highest quality of care possible.
There are three classes of children twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months of age. The ratio for this age group is 1:4 (maximum eight children with two teachers). In addition to providing a loving and nurturing environment for the children, the teachers are also helping the children to learn social skills, how to adapt to a routine, and how to adjust to a classroom environment.
There are also two classes of children nineteen (19) to twenty-four (24) months of age. The ratio for this age group is 1:4 (maximum eight children with two teachers). With this next age group, the children are more responsive to the curriculum and are able to comprehend the combination of the faith-based and educational curriculum. Through stories, songs, and puppetry, the children learn about God and how our daily lives are affected by Him.
From twenty-four (24) months of age and up, the ratio is 1:5 (maximum ten children with two teachers). The curriculum is even more defined and the children’s social and educational skills continue to improve and develop.
We believe that every child is unique and that each child should be allowed to grow at his or her own rate. We plan a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities that aid each child in growing physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually and intellectually. Our staff serves as positive role models for the children; they provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each child’s individual needs. We strive to create an environment in which each child develops a good self-image and a sense of self-worth.
We help each child grow physically by using developmentally appropriate toys in the classroom, by planning both gross motor and fine motor activities, and by including outside or gym time in each daily plan.
We promote social skills by planning group activities that involve interaction and sharing, by modeling appropriate behavior, by praising good behavior and by redirecting inappropriate behavior.
We build each child’s self-esteem by using positive reinforcement to shape behavior and skills, by showing our acceptance of diversity and creativity in the classroom, and by encouraging each child to develop his/her God-given gifts.
We encourage each child to grow spiritually by saying grace before snacks and meals, by singing Christian songs, by reading Christian books and by celebrating Christian holidays during the school year.
Statement of Purpose
The Little School program at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church is an extension of the Christian Education ministry of the church. Fully realizing that the early years of life are the most important for laying the foundations of faith, social, emotional, and cognitive development, the school:
Provides each child with acceptance, respect, and love in a Christian environment by caring adults
Provides a place where children can learn about their uniqueness as children of God, develop new relationships, and learn about their expanding world, and
Provides an environment in which each child is free to explore, experiment, and make decisions.
The Little School curriculum is a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities that aid each child in growing physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually.
Learning activities appropriate to the developmental levels of the children are designed to introduce and teach pre-reading skills, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, art, music, and the development of fine and gross motor skills.
During the school day, the children may engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, such as:
Creative art, music, manipulative, home-living, science, reading, and dramatic play.
Climbing, wheel toys, balls and hoops, and sand and water play.
Stories, creative movement, language experiences, finger play, and music. We develop each child’s intellectual abilities by singing simple songs, by acting out stories and songs, by reading aloud and talking about what was read, and by asking open-ended questions, which helps the child to develop his/her thinking processes.
Please call the office to check for Summer and Fall 2017 availability.
Requirements for Registration
1. Online registration must be completed through the MDPC website
2. Registration fee (paid at the time of online registration)
3. Building fee for non-church members (paid at the time of online registration)
**Before the child enters the program, the parent and the child’s pediatrician must complete the enrollment form and return it to The Little School office. Enrollment forms are provided in the enrollment packet.
Forms may be downloaded and printed or e-mailed back to The Little School office.
All forms are due prior to first day of attendance.
Please Note: Candice Alexander, TLS Director, is a notary and can notarize your enrollment form for you.
Payment Schedule and Fees
The tuition for the first month is due on or before the first day of attendance. Thereafter, monthly tuition charges are due and payable on the first day of each month. A $20.00 late fee will be assessed for tuition not yet received by the 10th of the month. A 3% discount is available to patrons who choose to pay the entire school year tuition on or before August 15th. Additional fees are assessed as patrons use Early Bird and/or Extended Day opportunities. A discount is available for families that have more than 1 child enrolled in the MDPC preschool programs.
Tuition and Fees 2017-2018
Registration fees and tuition rates are established each year by The Little School Board and are approved by the Session of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC).
2017-2018 School Year Calendar
In addition to our school year program (September through May), we also offer a summer program (June and July). Registration for the summer session will begin on Friday, March 9, 2018 for current and new families. After The Little School families are placed, available spots are assigned, in the order in which the applications were received, to new Little School families.
You will then be notified, either by e-mail or by phone call, whether your child has a spot for the session requested. All registration fees are paid online at the time of registration. A packet will be mailed which will contain all required paperwork. You will be asked to complete all paperwork for your child prior to the beginning of the session (the sooner the better!).
Registration fees are $75.00 for the Summer Session. Registration fees are non-refundable once your child has been placed, as is the Summer Session tuition.
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