PROGRAMMING

Curriculum

PCA incorporates the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards into weekly lesson plans for all our classrooms. By providing a learning rich environment, children learn by playing, developing social and emotional skills, and learning through a combination of large group, small group, and one on one time with their teachers and caretakers.  Our days are enriched with age appropriate Bible stories/songs/prayers, gross motor play, and learning centers for art, music, language, reading, writing, math, science, blocks, dramatic play, sensory exploration, and fine motor skills. Our preschool – kindergarten classes use Creative Curriculum for a “hands on” and theme-based approach to keep learning fun and fresh.

Infant and Toddlers

Language development is fostered by reading stories, singing, and engaging in age-appropriate activities. Infants ages 6 weeks – 12 months have unique needs that are met with our small child to teacher ratio in BACKYARD FUN. Teachers spend time rocking and cuddling our youngest students in a warm and safe environment. The staff to child ratio in this class is 1:4. Click here for an online tour.

Young toddlers ages 13 – 24 months experience more structure with learning centers, circle time, music, and art in BUSYLAND. The staff to child ratio in this class is 1:5. Click here for an online tour.

Older toddlers, ages 24-36 months, learn independence, social skills, self regulation, letter recognition, math skills, science, and language development in CANDYLAND. The staff to child ratio in this class is 1:6. Click here for an online tour.

Pre-School and Pre-K

Weekly themes are used to introduce pre-reading, math, and science concepts as well as exploring feelings and learning to play with peers.

Our private preschool students experience a learning adventure in EXPLORERS. Children should be fully potty trained or actively training. The staff to child ratio in this class is 1:10. Click here for an online tour.

PCA is one of United Way’s Pre-K Counts locations in Bucks County. It is a state funded Pre-K Counts program for families that meet financial eligibility requirements.  The class is from 9:00–3:00 and is taught by a certified teacher. Students are offered free Bible Club from 8:30-9:00.  All students in PreK Counts must be potty trained. This high-quality program is conducted in our FISHBOWL class. Click here for an online tour.

Pre-kindergarten children, ages 4-5, are placed by age and availability in either EXPLORERS or JUNGLE classroom.

Kindergarten

PCA offers a full day kindergarten class between 8:30-3:00 taught by an ACSI certified teacher. Our school year is guided by Pennridge School District. Students in this class spend their day in a cheerful classroom called JUNGLE. Children in JUNGLE must be fully potty trained. The staff to child ratio in this class is 1:12, 1:10 if mixed with Pre-K students.  Click here for an online tour.

Highlights

  • Licensed by DA Department of Human Services
  • A member of the Association of Christian Schools International
  • Has been awarded a four out of four-star rating by Keysteon Stars, a state-sponsored quality improvement initiative
  • Staff members are screened and have the following clearances:FBI Fingerprint
    • State Police
    • State Child Abuse
    • NSOR (National Sex Offendor Registry)
  • All staff have ongoing professional development training including
    • Pediatric First Aid and CPR
    • Fire Safety
    • Mandated Reporter
    • Better Kid Care Required Health and Safety

Parent Software

PCA utilizes Procare app for teachers to post photos and activities throughout the day allowing parents to stay informed and engaged!

Extras

When available, our preschool and older classrooms participate in monthly Pizza Days. We sponsor a child in Peru through World Vision by collecting a dollar for wearing Jeans on “Denim Day”. We have theme-based celebrations center wide including but not limited to:  Multicultural Week, Pajama Day, Team-Shirt Day, Backwards Day, Sweetheart Party, Apple Frolic, Dr. Seuss Day, Stone Soup, Field Day, Moms and Muffins, Dads and Donuts, and 100 days of school.  When available, we offer Spanish, music, art, or sign language lessons. At the end of the school year we have a graduation celebration for our PreK and Kindergarten graduates.

Holidays

2021-2022 School Year Closures

  • September 6: Labor Day
  • November 25-26: Thanksgiving
  • December 24: Christmas Eve
  • December 31: New Years Eve
  • January 17: MLK Day (Update: Normal School Day)
  • February 21: President’s Day Teacher In-Service
  • April 15: Good Friday
  • May 30: Memorial Day
  • July 4: Independence Day

PreK Counts / Kindergarten

  • October 11: Columbus Day
  • December 24-31: Winter Break
  • April 15-18: Spring Break

Kindergarten

  • December 24-31: Winter Break / Non Academic Days
  • April 15-18: Spring Break / Non Academic Days