Our Mission and Belief Statements:
Manchaca United Methodist Church Child Development Center is a mission of the Manchaca United Methodist Church. Our center's program is designed to:
- provide an exemplary educational program for infants, toddlers and pre-school children in a positive, Christian environment.
- meet the needs of the whole child by providing learning experiences that encourage the physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive development of each child.
Our program is based on the knowledge that young children are active learners, involved in a process that uses all their senses as they talk, work, play and create with other individuals and materials.
- Professionally trained teachers plan activities and create stimulating learning environments appropriate for the different developmental stages of a child’s life. Each child’s growth and education are nurtured in a stimulating caring learning environment.
- Creativity and a strong sense of identity are developed as children are helped to feel good about themselves and their abilities.
- Appreciation and acceptance of diversity are encouraged as an integral part of all center activities.
- Our center recognizes that working closely with parents through two-way communications and the establishment of mutual respect and support is necessary for our program to be successful.
Play Based Classroom Environment
It might appear that your child is “just playing.” However, according to the latest research in brain development, children learn best through play. Dr. Bruce Perry, Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital, states in his article entitled, Curiosity, Pleasure and Play: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective, “Play, more than any other activity, fuels healthy development of young children.”
- Classrooms are arranged by a variety of interest areas that provide opportunities for each child to move to these areas by choice. These learning centers include books, block work, art, puzzles, science, manipulative materials, dramatic play, emergent writing and sensory exploration.
- During these center times, children have the opportunity to practice making decisions, following directions, working independently or cooperatively with a friend and learning the care and use of materials.