HOURS & CONTACT
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The school year begins the last Monday of August and ends in June. We are closed for fall, winter, and spring breaks and some holidays. (There is also a separate summer session.)
Monthly tuition is based on attendance days.
"A Place to Grow!"
Since 1995, Helping Hands Christian Preschool has served families in the Martinez area by developing students from a young age. We are licensed to care for 30 preschoolers each day. Our current student body of 56 children attend HHCP 2 to 4 days per week.
Our activities foster development in language arts, math, science, creativity, motor skills and social-emotional development. We know that when we provide these activities at the appropriate level and in a nurturing environment, our children will take their next steps well prepared and with their natural thirst for knowledge intact. Everything we teach is based on the guiding principles established in our mission statement.
The aim of Helping Hands Christian Preschool is to provide a quality preschool education in a caring environment. The process of human development begins at the time of conception and continues throughout a person’s life. Accordingly, it is our goal to promote growth in each component of your child’s development — cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. We intend to do this by planning and carrying out programs of instruction particular to the learning patterns of young children, recognizing and providing for the individuality of each child.
At Helping Hands Christian Preschool, we believe in individualized education and operate under smaller ratios for the betterment of your child. This ratio ranges from 6:1 in the 2-year-old class; 10:1 in the 3-year-old class; and 12:1 in the Pre-K class. All staff members have Early Childhood Education and are annually trained in CPR and First Aid, Mandated Reporting, and Integrated Pest Management.
We start and end every morning together in small groups, which are conducted in the children’s classrooms. This is where the children meet at the beginning of the day to sing songs, take attendance, share, and plan their day. (The older class has a longer group time with additional activities, including; flag salute, calendar, weather chart, and homework.) At the end of the day, the children return to their classrooms to review the day, sing songs, read books, and play games.
Families enter and supervise children as they wash their hands to start the day.
8:30 - 9:00 AM
WELCOME & SIGN IN
The teacher greets children and parents at classroom door while parents sign their children in for the day.
All ages participate in a welcome song, attendance, identifying helpers, and sharing time (1/week/child).
The Pre-K class also participates in a flag salute, calendar change, weather report, and homework/classwork check.
9:00 - 10:10 AM
BIG ROOM ACTIVITIES
Available "Big Room" activities include:
Music and Movement
10:10 - 10:15 AM
To wrap up time in the Big Room, we play a notice song, “I Can Do That,” and clean-up song, “Everybody Helps,” to get the students back to their routine.
10:15 - 10:30 AM
LARGE GROUP ACTIVITY
All ages participate in a group activity, which could include: Flannelgraph, games, musical instruments, parachute, puppets, rhymes, songs, storytelling, and reading.
10:30 - 11:00 AM
WASH HANDS & SNACK TIME
During this time, we wash hands, set out name cards, sing a few Bible songs, read a Bible story, and pray before we serve and eat our snack. When don, the students are asked to clear their spaces.
11:00 - 11:40 AM
OUTDOOR MOTOR SKILLS
As a class, we line up and go outside to play in the grass, on the play structures, in the sandbox, or ride bikes.
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM
CLASSROOM REVIEW & SIGN OUT
To end the morning, we go back to our classrooms and have a good-bye song, game, book, and activity while children are signed out by their parent or guardian and dismissed by their teacher.
Please note that after 12:05 p.m. late charges accrue if student has not been picked up. Children become concerned for their family when they are picked up late and the staff needs to prepare the environment and curriculum before and after school each day.
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