Covenant Presbyterian Preschool and Child’s Day Out is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.located on the second and third floors of Covenant’s Fellowship and Education Building, our half-day co-op program is supported by a community of parents, teachers and children working together to provide high-quality experiential learning in a Christian environment. We aim to assure exceptional school beginnings in a caring environment to enable children to develop spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually.
Our preschool is a cooperative program in which our teachers and parents are partners in educating our kids. We serve ages nine months (by Sept. 1) to four years, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and five years, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students attend chapel and music every week, and our three- to five-year-olds are introduced to Spanish. We follow the Austin Independent School District schedule.
All teachers in our program have college degrees in elementary education or child development, or equivalent training and experience with preschool children. Our staff members are certified in CPR and first aid. Each teacher takes at least 24 hours of additional study in early childhood development each year. The preschool director takes 30 hours. All staff also receive annual training in child abuse and neglect prevention.
- To create a happy and secure environment.
- To increase self-esteem.
- To help children learn of God’s love.
- To provide experiences to increase physical ability.
- To teach children socialization skills.
- To encourage mental growth by establishing a sequence of learning to prepare for grade school.
- To provide experiences for creativity in art and music.
- To develop children in all areas by providing a pressure-free environment.
We believe in a caring, loving atmosphere where children are nurtured to develop their positive self-image. When it is necessary to use effective guidance we:
- Use guidelines that are simple and positive.
- Express open communication.
- Remain constant and loving.
- Redirect children to appropriate behavior.
We provide each child opportunities for personal growth through group involvement, creative activities, problem solving, self-control and acceptance of responsibility. Circle time activities, stories, games and conversational exercises provide opportunities for interaction among the children in a large group setting.
Teachers develop their curriculum by themes/units of study that include discovery activities, art projects, language games, Christian values, spiritual growth, and gross and fine motor skill activities:
- Home living — dramatic play and cooking activities
- Block — building and transportation
- Book — quiet area for individual use
- Art — various art media; easel
- Discovery — science activities
- Manipulative — games; eye-hand coordination; fine motor skills
In addition, our fours and fives classes use the “Get Set for School” curriculum (a.k.a. Handwriting Without Tears) endorsed by both Austin and Eanes school districts. Group time depends on the study unit and includes stories, music, games and conversation. Through group time, children interact in large group settings.
We actively participate in the Texas Education Agency’s Kindergarten Readiness System and implement the “Get Set for School” curriculum in our fours and fives classes. We provide consistency that helps our kids to gain independence and learn how to simply ‘be’ in society. ‘How do I share?’ ‘How do I play with people?’ Students in these classes participate in whole group, small group and individual activities to engage and excite our children about the world.
Concepts we teach include: Reading and writing concepts: body awareness, cooperation, grip, drawing, letter and number recognition, capital letter and number formation. Language and literacy concepts: syllables, names and sounds of letters, words linked to content, new words in spoken language, how to respond to simple questions, how to have discussions and share new ideas. Numbers and math concepts: counting, comparisons, spatial awareness, patterning, sequencing, matching, sorting, problem-solving and Pre-K geometry skills.
Our threes and fours classes are co-operative programs. As parents, you are given the opportunity to participate in your child’s learning experience and directly interact with the teacher and your child’s peers. We require a complete background and fingerprint check for each co-oping adult. If you choose not to co-op for your child’s class, we charge an additional fee for a substitute for the day. All sessions are from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
|5 Years||Mon–Fri||$420/month||No Co-op|
*A co-op is a parent who will work in the classroom as an aide approximately once a month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Through our toddler and two-year-old Child’s Day Out programs, we offer a safe and nurturing environment with emphasis on building basic trust and fostering autonomy while providing an atmosphere for children to learn, experience and develop. The young child needs sensory stimulation and concrete experiences to progress to higher levels of development. We provide a wide variety of activities including music, books, puzzles, crayons and paints to the young explorers.
Children attend two days a week, which is developmentally appropriate for this age. All teachers and teacher assistants are certified in CPR/First Aid. All sessions are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
|15–23 months||Tue/Thu or Wed/Fri||$255/month|
|24–35 months||Tue/Thu or Wed/Fri||$255/month|
*Ages are by Sept. 1.
We are excited that you are considering Covenant for your child’s preschool experience. We welcome all children, regardless of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religious persuasion. We will make any reasonable accommodation for children with physical disabilities. We place children on our waiting list any time during the year. We simply ask parents to complete an application and submit the application fee. All required forms must be completed and returned prior to admission.
Our annual enrollment takes place in February for the following fall semester. We also enroll children during the school year when an opening becomes available. At enrollment, we require a non-refundable registration fee. The first child is $100; each sibling is $75. A $65 supply fee is charged each semester in September and January for each child.
Upon admission, parents agree to participate in the following:
- Attend the parent orientation
- Attend one of our parent education classes (offered twice a year)
- Attend parent-teacher conferences
- Volunteer in at least one school program such as playground workdays, the spring fundraiser or book fair.
- Help in your three and/or four-year-old child’s classroom 8-12 times per school year by assisting the teacher with classroom preparation and supervision.
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Laura Hargrave, Director
3003 Northland Dr.
Austin, TX 78757