We have compiled our parents' most frequently asked questions below. If you do not find the answer to your question here, please feel free to contact us.
What does it mean that PVUMC Preschool is an "accredited" preschool?What type of learning environment can I expect for my child?What types of classes do you offer?What is the student/teacher ratio?How is faith incorporated into your learning environment?What is the preschool's admission policy?At what age can I send my child to PVUMC Preschool?Does my child need to be potty trained to start?Can I apply before my baby is born?Do we offer tuition discounts?Are there scholarships available?
In 1986, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool received acceptance into the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the only national accreditation program existing today. The Academy, a part of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, sets the standards of excellence in Early Childhood Education. The Academy reviews our program each year and reaccredidation is completed every fifth year. The ten components of the accreditation process includes: (1) interactions among staff and children, (2) curriculum, (3) staff-parent interaction, (4) staff qualifications and development, (5) administration, (6) staffing, (7) physical environment (8) health and safety, (9) nutrition and food service, and (10) evaluations. For more information, please refer to our Curriculum.
We believe that a good Preschool program recognizes that children are not to be molded but unfolded. PVUMC Preschool provides a caring community that encourages such individual development through play and student participation. We foster creativity in all areas (language, arts, music etc.) while helping our children respect the rights of others. We also have special activities throughout the year that are unique to our school and further enhance the childrens learning experience. These include Spirit Days, Fathers Saturday, Snow Day and holiday celebrations, among others. Every day PVUMC Preschool provides time and equipment necessary to stimulate and enrich the childrens play. Teachers and staff provide hands-on experiences which require the use of all five senses. The Preschool encourages creative thinking processes and facilitates the expression of thoughts in song, dance, language and art. For further information, please refer to our Curriculum.
PVUMC Preschool offers a variety of programs depending on the age of your child and your family's particular needs. The following is a list of our typical class schedules with descriptions below: Parent/Toddler 9:30-11:00 am Co-op Tues/Thurs. 9:00-11:30 am 2 and 3-Year-Olds Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-11:30 am Tues/Thurs 9:00-11:30 am 4 and 5-Year-Olds Mon-Thurs/Fri Option 9:00-11:30 am Mon-Fri 9:00-11:30 am 4 and 5-Year-Olds Mon-Fri 9:00-11:30 am Tues/Thurs Expanded 1:30am-1:00pm 5-Year-Olds Extended Day 9:00 am-1:00 pm Mon-Fri Mom's Morning Out 9:00-11:30 am Lunch/Play Bunch 11:30 am-2:30 pm
PARENT TODDLER INTERACTION PROGRAM This class for children ages 18 to 24 months and their parents, meets once a week for an hour and a half. One parent is required to attend each class with his/her child. The fee is $240 per session.
CO-OPERATIVE CLASS This class meets twice a week and is for children ages 24 to 35 months and their parents. Each parent is required to work in the classroom approximately two times a month and attend regularly scheduled parent education meetings.
EXPANDED DAYS The expanded class is for 4 and 5-year-olds. The class hours are 9:00 to 11:30 am on Mon/Wed/Friday and 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Tuesday and Thursday. The children bring their lunches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
EXTENDED DAY Our Extended Day class meets daily from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This Pre-Kindergarten class is limited to children who turn five by December 31. The children bring their lunch every day Monday through Friday.
MOM'S MORNING OUT This program provides a nursery for strong walking children and is available to PVUMC members, Preschool parents, and children with an active application on file with the Preschool. The fee is $16 per morning. You may call the office at 602-840-8265 or sign up in the nursery 24 hours in advance. We limit enrollment.
LUNCH/PLAY BUNCH After school care is available to all Preschool students. Children who are under three years and/or not toilet trained may stay from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. Children who are over three years old and toilet trained may stay from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm. For further information, please refer to our Lunch Bunch Policy.
PVUMC strives to have small classes in order to promote the one on one teacher/child interaction that is so important in early childhood development. Our two year old classes are typically 13 children to 1 lead teacher and 1 aide. In our three year old classes, we average about 16 to 17 children to 2 teachers. Our 4 year and older classes average about 22 children to 2 teachers and 1 aide.
PVUMC Preschool is committed to the spiritual development of our children and encourages the sharing of all faiths. Some of the ways that faith is incorporated into our activities include prayer before meals and snacks and the celebration of religious holidays, including a Christmas pageant. The Preschool also offers the opportunity for spiritual enrichment outside of the classroom with our Littlest Angel's Chapel Time and our Godly Play program. Littlest Angel's Chapel is offered weekly during the preschool morning as part of the preschool's curriculum. Children gather with other classrooms to participate in bible scriptures, song and prayer. It is held in the Chapel and led by Preschool Director Mindy Sobraske and the music by Quint Harris. The younger classes participate directly in their classrooms once a week. Godly Play is a voluntary After School program that enhances our philosophy of a caring community through stories from the Bible.
Enrollment is open to all children regardless of ethnic or religious background. We encourage the sharing of many different faiths. When we have a place for your child we will call you and request the registration fee be sent. No place is secure until the full registration fee is paid. Enrollment is usually completed in March. For information regarding enrollment, please contact Preschool Director Mindy Sobraske at (602) 840-8265. Due to our small class size, PVUMC Preschool has established a priority for class placement. Priority is determined by the date the application for preschool is received and processed by the Preschool Director for that individual child. PRIORITY FOR ADMITTANCE INTO THE PRESCHOOL Priority is determined by the date the application for preschool is received and processed by the Preschool Director for that individual child. Preschool placement priorities for children who wish to attend the Preschool are as follows (for children admitted after July 1, 2002): 1. Children and/or legal dependents of PVUMC Preschool contracted employees. 2. Returning students (children who currently attend the Preschool). 3. Children and/or legal dependents of PVUMC fulltime employees. 4. PVUMC members (as defined by PVUMC). Parents must be members for six months or more to have this priority. 5. Siblings of returning students. 6. Siblings of former students. 7. All others on the wait list. Above policies will be waived by Preschool Director working in conjunction with Preschool Board Executive Committee.
Students may attend who reach the age of 2 years prior to September 1st. Our children range in age from 2 to 5 years. Please note that two-year-olds may not attend Preschool five days a week. We also offer a Parent Toddler Interaction Program once a week for children 18 to 24 months. One parent is required to attend the Program with their toddler.
No. Potty training is not a requirement to attend the preschool if the child is in the 2-year-old, young 3-year-old, or co-op class.
You may submit an application for an unborn child (mother is pregnant with the child at the time application is filled out), but it will not be processed until the birth date for the child and other needed information is verified by phone or in person and the processing fee is paid.
Yes. We offer sibling discounts: the second and each additional child in a family receives a $10.00 per month tuition discount. In addition, PVUMC Sunday School Teachers: Parents who teach Sunday School (2-year-olds through 6th grade) at PVUMC receive a $10.00 per month tuition discount. Only one discount may be credited per month.
PVUMC Preschool does offer partial scholarships for families who need assitance. Please speak to the Preschool Director for further information and application. Scholarships limited.