Early Childhood Center

Providing a safe and learning environment for children ages
newborn to PreKindergarten for over 40 years!


We are NOT taking any more applications for Summer Day Camp 2021!


The Gilead Christian Preschool Center is open 5 days a week and is in operation during the school year. The Infant/Toddler Center is open 5 days a week all year long. It is sponsored by the Gilead Friends Church as an interdenominational service. It is a member of The Association of Christian Schools International. The Early Childhood Center is just the first segment of Gilead Christian School and is located at the Gilead Friends Church, 4863 US 42, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Grades K-6 are held at the elementary building and grades 7-12 are held at Gilead Friends Church.

The Early Childhood Center is fully licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. The license is posted near the administrator’s office at the preschool. The law and rules are available at the center. The center’s licensing record, including compliance report forms and evaluation forms from the health, building, and fire departments, are available upon request from the department

Infant Toddler Philosophy

Gilead Christian Infant/Toddler Program strives to provide a healthy, safe, and thoroughly Christian atmosphere in which children can mature socially, spiritually, and physically. It is our desire to know, understand and treat each child as a unique child of God. Furthermore, we want to help each child understand themselves and how to properly express themselves as they experience God’s world. Games and fun activities are used daily for growth in small and large motor skill development as well as enriching activities to foster the exploration of God’s creation. Reading and music are used frequently throughout the day to encourage the development of communication, and imagination as well as for our encouragement in our role as beings to worship our Lord and Savior.

Our ultimate desire is for each child to feel wanted, understood, safe and loved in the hope that they will grow as Jesus did, “…in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52

Staff/Child Ratios

Infant 1:4 (0 - 12 months)
Infant 1:6 (12 - 18 months)
Toddler 1:7 (18 - 36 months)

PreSchool/PreKindergarten Philosophy

Gilead Christian School believes that Early Education should consist of more than a playtime experience. Furthermore, three, four and five year olds do not thrive well in a tightly structured classroom setting. Gilead Christian Preschool Program is an activity-centered environment where the children learn through age-appropriate learning centers in small classroom settings.

We desire for children to leave the preschool years with a strong sense of security, healthy self-esteem, enthusiasm for living, enthusiasm for learning, self-discipline, appreciation and respect for others and an appreciation and respect for God and the Church. Our goal is to provide a school readiness program immersed in a stimulating social, moral and spiritual atmosphere.

Staff/Child Ratios

PreSchool: 1:8
PreKindergarten: 1:8


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