Held at the local elementary schools, our Before and After School programs give children the time they need to prepare and relax. Children in grades K-5, grow in our small program sizes to give each child the individual attention he or she needs.
Our program runs from September through June. We offer full-time and part-time enrollments.
Transportation to and from school should be arranged by the parent. However, if your child’s school does not provide transportation for any reason (i.e. kindergarten age children are not allowed to take the bus as transportation or we are outside your school district area), we will provide transportation using our school vans.
The cost of the Before and After School Program is a blended rate that includes your child’s weekly attendance Before and/or After School, as well as any full days that your child’s elementary school is closed. We request that you provide a yearly calendar of events so that we can prepare for these days off. During the week that your child’s school closes for long holiday breaks we plan and event-filled calendar with something special planned every day; such as field trips, bake sales, and movie days.
Every day, the school-age children will be offered homework supervision, a nutritious supper and beverage, computer time, outside play, and arts and crafts.
We offer parents observation times for their children to get to know our program for 2-3 hours while their parents complete some paperwork. This helps the child and the parent transition. The child will bond with staff and the parents can become more comfortable with our operations.
The curriculum at Les Petits Cherubs is based on the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Standards. These research-based standards identify key learning areas of development for children.
The PA Learning Standards guide our teachers to integrate developmental knowledge with attitudes, skills and concepts. This helps children to make progress in all of the learning areas. The Creative Curriculum is also incorporated into our daily activities and lesson plans. Les Petits Cherubs Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten also use the core curriculum.
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We’re teaching children how to learn by incorporating the following centers in all of our classrooms:
- Cognitive Teacher Directed
- Science and Discovery
- Creative Art
- Transportation and Blocks
- Fine Motor
- Music and Movement
- Gross Motor
- Dramatic Play
The lesson plans at Les Petits Cherubs are based on monthly themes. This allows the teachers to creatively plan activities that focus on the seasons and holidays. Each month presents a new shape, color, number and letter for the classroom to explore and learn; as well as a set of opposites. Each month a community helper is introduced. Each teacher’s objective is to plan activities that focus and target children’s individual strengths and weaknesses. We work with families to understand both the child’s needs and the family’s desires when developing individual care and lesson plans.
Parents also play an important role in our curriculum. Parents are a child’s role model for learning. A parent’s attitude towards learning can inspire children to continue on their learning journey. Parents can aide in their child’s development by exploring nature, cooking together, counting together and especially reading together. Parents can show children how exciting and meaningful learning can be by extending what children have learned in school to their homes. As children grow into school age children, parents become their children’s learning coaches. Parents can help their children to organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school.
Daily schedules and routines are important in the lives of children because they provide children with a sense of safety and stability. Our daily schedules allow time for fun and exploration in all of the learning areas as well as set aside time for meals and rest. Creativity, exploration and experimentation are balanced with teacher facilitated themes and projects. Although the daily schedule helps us to organize the day, we don’t want it to limit our ability to be spontaneous and flexible. Schedules are flexible enough to accommodate each child’s individual emotional, social, physical and academic needs.
We provide a breakfast and a supper to our enrollments. All meals are provided when full day care is needed for school age children. We serve locally grown, in-season, fresh fruits and vegetables and use only whole grains. No trans fats in our meals!
Parent Steering Committee
We have a parent steering committee within each of our programs at each location. Our parent steering committee gives parents the opportunity to have a voice in their child’s day-to-day activities here at our school.
In this technologically advanced age, it is never too early to introduce computers. Each child over the age of two years old have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the computers in their classrooms. They will begin with learning basic computer knowledge, including mouse and keyboard skills. Based on each individual child’s skill level, age appropriate educational games will also be provided for each child on a daily basis.
Children two years of age and up have the opportunity to enroll in a ten week dance session. The half hour weekly class consists of ballet, rhythmic play, creative movement and tap. Please check with the campus director for registration forms and session costs.
Children Pre-School and up are eligible to train in a Karate program as part of their weekly after-school curriculum. The program is a comprehensive character-enrichment program, which seeks to use karate as a tool to convey lessons, such as self-confidence, focus, self-discipline, respect, goal setting, and self-control, all while being introduced to the traditional martial arts of Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do. The cost to participate varies according to the length of the session. Offered at all locations.
This class will give campers and introduction to the French language as well as culture. They will learn pronunciation of new words and even begin to build a new vocabulary. Offered at all locations.
Soccer Shots is a co-ed soccer clinic will help players to improve their basic soccer skill. Campers should bring their own shin guards and water bottles. Offered at all locations.
Throughout the year, the children will have scheduled field trips to local museums, theaters, and attractions. Sufficient notice will be given before a field trip to allow parents to participate in these activities.
Each of our facilities are secure, protected environments that are clean, friendly, and stimulating for children.
We offer playgrounds at every facility that are specifically designed for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and K-5 aged children. The surfaces of our playgrounds are rubber or turf.
Our staff is dedicated, compassionate, and certified by state and federal requirements. Background checks of every staff member are required. Our teachers hold degrees in Early Childhood Education.
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