St. John's Children's Center

Philosophy

Our Philosophy is based on the following beliefs:

  • Each child is a unique and a special creation of God, worthy of unconditional love and respect.

  • Having a successful early childhood is critical to healthy physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual development in later life.

  • Children grow and mature according to predictable stages of development as well as individual time tables.

  • Good early childhood practices are based on knowledge of child development theory and research.

  • Children need a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment in order to grow up as healthy, successful adults.

  • Young children learn best through play and a variety of experiences which are concrete and meaningful to them.

  • Christian values are a critical part of our daily interactions with others.

  • Parents and families are a vital part of the program.

  • Positive communication among and between staff members, parents, administrators, and members of the Board of Directors is vital to the success of the program.

  • Programs at St. John's Children's Center are inclusive and respectful of all genders, races, cultures, and while promoting the Reformed Tradition of the Christian Church, will be respectful of other religions.

  • Early Childhood Education is recognized as a profession and a vocation.

  • St. John's Children's Center strives to be an example of quality Early Childhood Education for our community.

  • These beliefs are implemented in the staffing, administration, policies, physical environment, curriculum, guidance techniques, and daily interactions with children and other adults at St. John's Children's Center.

 

Christian Values Policy

St. John's Children's Center was begun by the Church and Society Commission and the Session of St. John's Presbyterian Church in 1978 as an expression of our recognition of community need for high quality child care. This child care shall encompass the objectives of providing a safe, dependable, and developmental program, and the teaching of values of the Reformed Tradition of the Christian Church.

 

These Christian values are:

  1. God is Creator of all.

  2.  God loves, accepts and forgives us.

  3. Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

  4. Jesus Christ taught that God loves and forgives us and we in turn are to love, accept, and forgive others.

  5.  All that we have comes from God. It shall further be the policy of the St. John's Children's Center, that while no parent or child shall be forced to embrace Christian teachings as a condition for a participation in the Children's Center, it is recognized that the Church stands firm in it's faith, and in making Christian teachings accessible makes no apology for it's stand.

  6. It is understood that a well-organized program of Christian teaching for children is provided by the Christian Education Commission of the Church. Parents whose children attend the Children's Center are encouraged to enroll their children to participate in that program.

  7. In making Christian teaching a part of the Children's Center program, the Church Staff will provide training for the Children's Center Staff and the Center may provide the following kinds of materials and activities: Make books visible and available in the Children's Center. Children's Bibles and books on prayer shall be available among books in the book center. Include Bible stories among those stories read to children. The frequency of such stories to be about once per week. Provide Bible games and puzzles among games and puzzles in the room. Include songs about Bible stories as a few among many which may be taught.

  8. Ensure that prayer is said before snacks/lunch. Ensure that love, forgiveness, respect for oneself and care for each other are manifestations of Christian values within the Center. Invite the professional staff and church members for occasional visits and participation in the program. Parents and others are welcome to visit the Center, examine materials and discuss the activities.

  9. Ensure that love, forgiveness, respect for oneself and care for each other are manifestations of Christian values within the Center.

  10. Invite the professional staff and church members for occasional visits and participation in the program.

  11. Parents and others are welcome to visit the Center, examine materials and discuss the activities.

 

The Spiritual Development of Children

It is the conviction of the Board of Directors of St. John's Children's Center that the fullest spiritual development of children is holistic in nature, involving the child's nurture in the home and in a Christian community on Sundays, as well as the Christian environment provided by St. John's Children's Center. Therefore, it is the policy of the Board of Director's of St. John's Children's Center to encourage the families of students enrolled in the Children's Center to be active and regular participants in the life and program of a local Christian congregation.

A Christian Values curriculum at St. John's is implemented in several ways:

  • Weekly Christian Values lessons. The lesson is planned and implemented by the classroom teacher on a weekly basis, usually alternating days with the Together Time program.

  • A short prayer or blessing, said in the classroom before snacks and lunch. The prayers are child-directed and are often ones that the children already know. The children choose prayers that are sometimes spoken and sometimes sung.

  • The the preschool and elementary classes participate in "Together Time" each week. Children gather together in the sanctuary for music, a short lesson, and a prayer. Together Time is presented by the Christian Education ministry of St. John's Church.

 

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