Come September, the All Saints Early Childhood Center will be ushering in 2- to 4-year-olds into its classrooms four days a week.
The upcoming program is an expansion of All Saints Catholic Church’s Mother’s Day Out, a two-day program, into a learning setting spanning from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. The 2-year olds are still welcome to continue attending two days a week.
“All Saints church as a mission offers this ministry,” said Odessa Stanford, director of the center at 215 E. 10th St. in the Heights. “We are trying to bridge that gap of faith and learning and community building. The goal is to build up life around the All Saints Catholic community for creating a culture of family.”
The Early Childhood Center is a ministry of the All Saints church, but welcomes families from all faith backgrounds to register their children in the school.
Families interested in registering can visit allsaintsearlychildhoodcenter.org for more information or to enroll. According to the website, monthly tuition ranges from $550-$760 depending on the age of the child and the number of days he or she attends, and there also is a $250 application fee, a $350 per child supply fee and a $50 Brightwheel technology fee.
“Our main objective is providing a foundation for young children to use play as learning to enhance their social skills and their literacy skills before entering kindergarten,” Stanford said.
The classroom setting will be kept small, with a minimum of 10 students and maximum of 15 for pre-K classes. All classes will have two teachers.
The 2- to 3-year-olds will be separated into “younger” and “older” groups, with younger 2s being 24-30 months and older ones 30-36 months.
“The families here are excited about the small class size because it’s a nurturing setting,” Stanford said. “Our teachers are professional childhood staff. They are engaged and multi-talented educators.”
Stanford also said that because of the small class sizes, they encourage parents to participate and become involved if they are able.
The Early Childhood Center also provides an ancillary program, which provides time for children to engage in music and movement as well as a contractive program, Soccer Shots, that comes and teaches kids how to play soccer.
Stanford said they try to keep the program affordable and are willing to try work with those in need if they are able to do so. The deadline to register for the fall semester is July 1.