Preschool at Highlands
Preparing the Next Generation for Success
Our preschool is accredited by FACCS (Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools), SACS (Southern Association of Christian Schools) and AdvancED. The preschool maintains compliance with DCF (Department of Children Families). Our teaching staff has been selected for their devotion to Christ and a strong knowledge of early childhood development. All teachers and assistants meet or exceed state standards of early childhood education.
In order to best accommodate the needs of our young families, HCA offers part and full-time preschool schedules:
- Half-Day: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
- Full-Day: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Aftercare: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Our preschool curriculum emphasizes on the holistic approach and is designed to build the spiritual, social-emotional, physical, and cognitive development of the individual child according to God’s specific plan. Thematic units are combined with the A Beka Book curriculum in order to provide young students with learning experiences that promote godly character development while building on the academic foundation of literacy and mathematical skills through hands-on and engaging learning activities.
Bible time is the first and most important part of our students’ day. Our Bible curriculum focuses on the stories of creation through Jesus’ ministry with a focus on the birth and death of our Lord and is presented in a child-friendly manner. The weekly themes emphasize character development and Scripture memorization, as well as Christmas and spring programs. Our preschoolers attend chapel each week and actively participate in the worship services designed specifically for young children.
Our strategic method of teaching phonics and early literacy provides multiple learning opportunities through the development of a wide range of skills, such as phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Pre-reading and pre-writing activities are at the center of our daily routine and are offered through whole-group, small groups, and individual activities. Writing workshops offer children the opportunity to connect the concept of print to spoken words and illustrations.
Early math and number awareness assist children in making sense of the world around them. Our curriculum provides for hands-on learning experiences that emphasize the concept of number sense and problem-solving, thus building on the foundation while preparing young learners to think critically. The daily and intentional use of learning manipulatives engage children in the learning process.
Curriculum Enhancement (Depending on availability)