Early Childhood Center

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Our goal is to provide school readiness immersed in a stimulating social, moral and spiritual atmosphere.

Infant/Toddler Program

Infant/Toddler Philosophy

Gilead Christian Infant/Toddler Daycare 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 and to help each child understand themselves and how to properly express themselves in all situations in God’s world. Games and fun activities are used daily for growth in small and large motor skills 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 our encouragement of our role as beings created to worship our Lord and Savior. Our ultimate desire is for each child to feel wanted, understood, safe and loved in the hope that it will enable them to grow as Jesus did, “…in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.” Luke 2:52

License

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

Staff/Child Ratios

Infant: 1:5 (0-18 mo.)
Toddler: 1:8 (18-36 mo.)

Children's Belongings

Please label all coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, boots, books, cups, nap items, etc. worn or brought to the center. We try very hard to keep track of all the children’s belongings, but it is very hard to do so when they are not marked.

NO PLASTIC BAGS ALLOWED i.e. grocery bags. We also ask that you DO NOT ALLOW your child to bring GUNS, GUM or TOYS to the center.

PreSchool Program

PreSchool Philosophy

We desire for children to leave the preschool years with the following:

  1. A strong sense of security
  2. A healthy self–esteem
  3. An enthusiasm for living
  4. An enthusiasm for learning
  5. Self-discipline
  6. An appreciation and respect for others
  7. An appreciation and respect for God, and the Church

Gilead Christian Early Childhood Center was established to provide an education in a warm and loving atmosphere for children three through five years of age. Recognizing the importance of a balanced growth, our staff will provide opportunity for the social, mental, physical, and spiritual development of the child. This program was also established as a service to the families and children of the community. This service has grown from a sincere love for the children and a desire to help their proper development and adjustment in our modern world.

We feel that the Early Childhood Center should be more than a playtime experience. Further, we feel that 3, 4 and 5 year olds do not thrive well in a tightly structured classroom setting. Therefore, our program is activity-centered where the children learn as they are engaged in age-appropriate activities. Our goal is to provide school readiness immersed in a stimulating social, moral, and spiritual atmosphere.

Staff/Child Ratios

PreSchool: 1:12

Schedule

PreSchool Daily Schedule

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Morning Daycare
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. PreSchool Drop Off (no charge)
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PreSchool/PreKindergarten
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch - Daycare Begins
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Centers
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Nap
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Snack
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Centers/Outside/Gym
Children's Belongings

Please label all coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, boots, books, cups, nap items, etc. worn or brought to the center. We try very hard to keep track of all the children’s belongings, but it is very hard to do so when they are not marked.

NO PLASTIC BAGS ALLOWED i.e. grocery bags. We also ask that you DO NOT ALLOW your child to bring GUNS, GUM or TOYS to the center.

PreKindergarten Program

PreKindergarten Philosophy

We desire for children to leave the preschool years with the following:

  1. A strong sense of security
  2. A healthy self–esteem
  3. An enthusiasm for living
  4. An enthusiasm for learning
  5. Self-discipline
  6. An appreciation and respect for others
  7. An appreciation and respect for God, and the Church

Gilead Christian Early Childhood Center was established to provide an education in a warm and loving atmosphere for children three through five years of age. Recognizing the importance of a balanced growth, our staff will provide opportunity for the social, mental, physical, and spiritual development of the child. This program was also established as a service to the families and children of the community. This service has grown from a sincere love for the children and a desire to help their proper development and adjustment in our modern world.

We feel that the Early Childhood Center should be more than a playtime experience. Further, we feel that 3, 4 and 5 year olds do not thrive well in a tightly structured classroom setting. Therefore, our program is activity-centered where the children learn as they are engaged in age-appropriate activities. Our goal is to provide school readiness immersed in a stimulating social, moral, and spiritual atmosphere.

Staff/Child Ratios

PreKindergarten: 1:14

Schedule

PreKindergarten Daily Schedule

6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Morning Daycare
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. PreSchool Drop Off (no charge)
8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PreSchool/PreKindergarten
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch - Daycare Begins
12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Centers
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Nap
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Snack
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Centers/Outside/Gym
Children's Belongings

Please label all coats, sweaters, hats, mittens, boots, books, cups, nap items, etc. worn or brought to the center. We try very hard to keep track of all the children’s belongings, but it is very hard to do so when they are not marked.

NO PLASTIC BAGS ALLOWED i.e. grocery bags. We also ask that you DO NOT ALLOW your child to bring GUNS, GUM or TOYS to the center.

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Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it - Proverbs 22:6