|The Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool has been
accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs since
1986.Please click here to link to the
PVUMC Preschool website.
Mindy Sobraske is the director. Contact her
at 602-840-8265 or via email.
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool is established for the
preschool age children (ages 2 by September 1st through 5 years) of Paradise
Valley United Methodist Church (Paradise Valley United Methodist Church)
members and, to the extent pupil capacity permits, for the preschool age
children of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church's community. Classes meet
during the school year from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Littlest Angel's Chapel Time is offered once a week for each class when the preschool is open. Chapel time includes a
Bible verse, Bible story, singing and prayer. Children are also invited to participate in Godly Play,
an after-school program taught by Lori Wiggs, under the direction of
Rev. Andrea Andress, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church minister
to Children and Families.
The Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool is committed to
enhancing the self-esteem of each child and is concerned about the individual
child's growth in the areas of physical, creative, emotional, social,
intellectual and faith development. The Preschool seeks to provide a nurturing
environment, which supports parental involvement and enhances the value of each
child's family experience.
The program progresses from the informal structure necessary for the very young
child toward increasingly verbally directed experiences, alternating with
periods of creative freedom as the child grows older and the attention span
All children will participate in a variety of developmentally appropriate
activities planned by the teachers to reflect the school's philosophy. Each
class has a lead and assistant teacher or two teachers, one or both of whom are degreed and/or certified.
Teachers work with the director to handle discipline in a positive and
preventative manner. At the heart of our approach is a belief in the child's
self-worth. We support positive reinforcement, active listening, parent
involvement and redirection of inappropriate behavior that might prove harmful
to the child or to his peers.
|Extended and Tue/Th Expanded
(Under three and/or not toilet trained)
(Over three and toilet trained)
A good program recognizes that:
||preschool children learn through play
||learning necessitates pupil involvement
||creativity in all areas (language, arts, music, etc.)
needs to be encouraged while helping the child respect the rights of others
Every day we shall provide:
||time and equipment necessary to stimulate and enrich
the child's play
||hands-on experiences which require the use of all
||experiences which encourages creative thinking
processes and facilitate expressing those thoughts in song, dance, language or
through the media of art
The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs
In 1986, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool received acceptance
into the Academy, 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
The ten components of the accreditation process are: (1) relationships, (2) curriculum, (3) teaching, (4) assessment of child progress, (5) health, (6) teachers, (7) families
(8) community relationships, (9) physical environment, and (10) leadership and management.
To validate the high quality of our program and to reflect pride in our
profession, we display our certificates of accreditation in the Preschool
LANGUAGE ARTS: To develop expressive and receptive skills. Including but
not limited to: creative dramatics, poetry, finger plays, composing group
experiences stories, recording individual language, group speaking, listening
skills, beginning phonics and exposure to the best in children's literature.
SCIENCE: To stimulate curiosity and develop a scientific approach by
observing, recording, experimenting, sorting, classifying and being responsible
for live animals and plants. To explore the properties of objects with all five
sense and through water play and cooking. To establish good health habits
including but not limited to nutrition and exercise; and concern for and care
of the environment.
SOCIAL STUDIES: To expose children to multicultural customs and historic
events. To increase the child's awareness of the people who are a part of
his/her world through classroom visits, visual materials and dramatic play.
ART: To provide an environment with a multitude of creative experience
for each child to explore, including but not limited to painting, clay,
collage, wood working and paper crafts.
MUSIC: To make music an integral part of a child's life at school
through listening experiences, singing, rhythm, and creative movement.
MATHEMATICS: To explore relationships ( e.g., less, more, part, whole,
few, many), one-to-one correspondence, matching shapes, proportions, and
balance as well as number concepts.
PERCEPTUAL MOTOR: To enhance the child's self-perception of his/her body
through movement experiences that focus on gross motor skills, spatial
relationships, balance, coordination, unilateral, bilateral and cross-lateral
Enrollment is open to all children regardless of ethnic or religious
background. 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.
Registration for those children who are currently enrolled at Paradise Valley
United Methodist Church Preschool is in February or March for the following
September. Registration for all other children takes place throughout the year.
Upon receiving child's application and a non-refundable processing fee, your
child's name is added to our list of prospective students. As soon as a space
is available for your child you will be called. The full registration fee is
due at that time. We keep all applications until you tell us your child will
not be attending Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool.
You are welcome to visit at any time, to use Mom's Morning Out (with a
reservation made by calling the Preschool Office at 602-840-8265) and to
discuss any concerns you have about our school or your child's enrollment.
PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS FOR UNBORN CHILDREN
Applications for unborn children (mother is pregnant with the child at the time
application is filled out) 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.
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)
Children and/or legal dependents of Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Returning students (children who currently attend the preschool).
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church members (as defined by Paradise Valley
United Methodist Church). Parents must be members for 6 months or more to have
Siblings of returning students.
Siblings of former students.
All others on the wait list.
The above policies can be waived by Preschool Director in conjunction with the
Preschool Board Executive Committee.
Preschool fees are set each year by the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Preschool Board.Please refer to the preschool website for
PARADISE VALLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH PRESCHOOL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE /
CANCEL CLASSES BASED ON CLASS SIZE, PARENT REQUEST OR TO MAKE OTHER CHANGES AS
THE PRESCHOOL REQUIRES.
The PARENT / TODDLER INTERACTION PROGRAM is for parents and toddlers
(ages 18 to 24 months)
The CO-OPERATIVE CLASS is for children (24 to 35 months) and their
parents. Each parent is required to work in the classroom approximately two
times a month and attend scheduled parent education meetings.
PRESCHOOL CLASSES have an approximate nine-month age range between the
oldest and youngest child in the class with a balance of boys and girls. Class
size increases as the children get older. Class sizes are limited by the
Preschool Board to insure a quality program.
T/Th EXPANDED CLASS is for 4 and 5 year olds. The class hours are 9:00
to 11:30 a.m. on M/W/F and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays. The
children bring their lunches on Tuesday and Thursdays.
The EXTENDED DAY class is for those children who turn five by December
31st. The class hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The children bring their
lunch each day.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS are offered each year. Registration and
information for these programs will be mailed in August and/or as the program
begin throughout the year.
The MOM'S MORNING OUT program provides a nursery setting for children who are
walking and are strong walkers. Reservations must be made 24 hours ahead to
insure a spot for your child. You may call the preschool office at 602-840-8265
to make a reservation. Please refer to the preschool website for
The Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Preschool Board sets policy in
conjunction with guidance from the Senior Pastor and the Paradise Valley United
Methodist Church Pastor Staff Parish Committee.
The Church and the Preschool work closely together to serve the needs of young
families. Rev. Andrea Andress, Paradise
Valley United Methodist Church's minister to children
and families and the rest of the Paradise Valley United Methodist
Church clergy and staff are always interested in hearing from Preschool