Valley Baptist Preschool was founded in November of 1981, starting with eleven students and five staff members that first fall. The preschool now has a license for 98 students per day and a staff of 16 full and part time credentialed teachers. Valley’s preschool program is a ministry of the church. It is a non-profit program offered to parents of preschoolers aged 12-months through Pre-Kindergarten. School hours are 9:00am to 2:30pm.
Our program is dedicated to providing a quality program and a supportive ministry to parents in the community. Our teachers plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities to meet the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs of children within a loving, Christian environment, where each child can grow spiritually as well as educationally “in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)
Childhood is a unique and valuable stage in the human life cycle. Our paramount responsibility is to provide care and education in settings that are safe, healthy, nurturing and responsive to each child. We are committed to supporting children’s development and learning; respecting individual differences; and helping children lean to live, play, and work cooperatively. We are also committed to promoting children’s self-awareness, competence, self-worth, resiliency, and physical well-being.
The goals of Valley Baptist Preschool are:
To provide a quality program that implements developmentally appropriate activities to meet the needs of the preschooler at their own level.
To provide a program where teachers plan activities to meet the physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of the children in a safe, loving Christian environment.
To provide a supportive ministry to the parents and families.
To provide a program where the staff is provided support in their teaching as well as opportunities for professional growth.
The continued development of our staff is vital to our program. All staff members participate in the Maryland State Child Care Credentialing Program. Staff are required to successfully complete between 18 and 24 hours of continuing education per year. In addition, all teachers take CPR and First Aid training in accordance with current American Heart Association guidelines.
Valley Baptist Preschool combines two different curricula for our students. First, we use the Creative Curriculum published by Teaching Strategies. We also incorporate the Weekday Early Education (WEE) Christian curriculum published by Life Way Christian Resources.
Each day children learn basic life skills, reading, math, and study the Bible. Learning areas in the classroom include dramatic play, manipulatives, science, blocks, creative arts, music, puzzles, library, discovery table and computers in classrooms for 3 years olds and older. The children also have play time in our church gym or on the playground (weather permitting). The children have a periodic music time. Routinely special guests come in from the surrounding community to provide exciting experiences for our kids. Each month, the teachers send home a unit letter to keep parents informed on the studies planned for that month.
In order to utilize the curriculum to meet the needs of each individual, students assessments occur in the fall and spring of the year using the state approved Ages and Stages Questionnaire. Combining assessment results with parent input enables the teacher to develop a learning plan for the individual needs of your child.
Families are an integral part of our program. A parent survey is used to assess the areas in which families would like to be involved. With our Playground Visit, Back to School Night, Fall Harvest Night, Art Show, and Family Picnic families attend numerous school functions. Through reading, parties, cooking experiences, crafts and field trips, parents are encouraged to volunteer in their child’s classroom. Parent/Teacher conferences are held twice a year. Families are asked to evaluate the program each year and this feedback is used to make necessary improvements and additions.