Pasadena Community Church Preschool112 70th Street, South, St. Petersburg, FL 33707
Our preschool has been fortunate enough to be serving our community now for over fifty years. Wow!
Our school provides families with children 1-year-old through pre-kindergarten with care, education, and guidance to meet the needs of the families as it relates to the development of the “whole” child. Our school functions as a year round program with many different scheduling choices to better meet the needs of the families that we serve.
We feel so blessed to continue the mission of Pasadena Community Church by providing to our congregation, neighbors, and community the highest quality early childhood education in a loving and nurturing Christian environment.
Mission & Philosophy
Pasadena Community Church Preschool is a ministry that focuses on instilling Christian values and providing a quality early childhood educational experience. We aspire to do so in a compassionate and loving environment, which nurtures the growth and development of the whole child.
Purpose and Goals
Our purpose is to create a Christ-centered environment where every child will feel accepted, safe and secure and have the opportunity to develop at his or her own individual pace. The learning environment involves children, encourages them to investigate their world and celebrate culture and diversity while taking an active role in their classroom community. Daily opportunities are provided for problem-solving, critical thinking, physical wellness, and social/emotional abilities. We strive to assist each child in discovering, practicing, and mastering the skills necessary for their human development and spiritual growth.
Pasadena Community Church Preschool is a ministry of the United Methodist Pasadena Community Church.
We are committed to meeting the needs of each child in the areas of cognitive, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual development, in a manner that is age-appropriate and celebrates diversity. We also recognize that each child is unique and grows and develops uniquely. We will acknowledge these differences and facilitate each child to the best of our ability. Our qualified staff and administrative team are dedicated to partner with our church and school communities to experience the love of God, on a daily basis. Through this guidance we will encourage children to build a sense of autonomy, grow with a positive self-concept, and acquire the skills and concepts needed to be successful in life’s journeys.
“Train up a child in the way that he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
“Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I enroll my child at PCCS?
Our preschool has been serving our community for over fifty years. Our staff is not only highly qualified, but loving and nurturing. We offer a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of each individual child. We offer an environment that makes children and families feel safe and secure. We strive to involve our church and families in the education of children. PCCS has high standards required by our accreditation association (UMAP) and is dedicated to making available, to our community, a quality early childhood program.
Is your preschool accredited?
Yes, PCCS is accredited by the United Methodist Association of Preschools (UMAP). UMAP is a national accreditation that commits to low teacher-child ratio, Christian education, developmentally appropriate practice, and continued professional development. For more information about UMAP accreditation please visit http://www.umapfl.org/
Is your school a provider for the state funded VPK program?
Yes, we are. If your child turns four by September 1st of that school year they are eligible to participate in this program.
What is a CDA?
A Child Development Associate is an Individual who has successfully completed a CDA assessment and has been awarded the CDA credential. S/he is able to meet the specific needs of children and works with parents and other adults to nurture children’s physical social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
How do you assess young children?
We believe that the assessment process is ongoing and is conducted through close teacher observations and documentation. However, we do conduct two formal assessments during the school year. These assessments are designed to recognize any delays in development and to record children’s progress. Conference times are available to discuss the results of these assessments.
What kind of special classes do you offer?
Included in your child’s weekly schedule they will participate in Spanish, Music, Chapel, Creative Movement, and Literacy Center. Enrichment programs include Tumble Bus, Dance, and Computer Tots. Enrichment programs are usually offered in the aftercare program and at an additional fee.
What is your teacher to child ratio?
We strictly follow the ratios suggested by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Their ratios are as follows:
- TODDLERS = 1:5
- YOUNGER TWOS = 1:6
- OLDER TWOS = 1:7
- 3,4,5 YEAR-OLDS = 1:10
What is your discipline policy?
Although each teacher has his or her own strategies for dealing with behavioral challenges, we do believe that most of these challenges can be avoided through structure, consistency and a stimulating classroom environment. We will try to redirect behavior, furnish children with words and language to help solve problems, and if necessary, remove them from the group and allow them some time to think about their choices. This “thinking time’ is brief and followed up by the teacher.