Mint Hill offers quality preschool options

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If you are searching for a preschool for your child for the 2017-2018 school year, there are several great options located right here in Mint Hill.

Blair Road United Methodist Church Preschool

Blair Road UMC offers preschool classes for children ages 18 months – 5 years. The preschool day runs from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. They also offer a transitional kindergarten program for students whose birthdays will just miss the kindergarten enrollment date or who need an additional year of preschool to be fully ready for kindergarten. Blair Road UMC features low student to staff ratios: 4:1 for children under two, 6:1 for two-year olds, 10:1 for three year olds, 12:1 for four year olds, and 10:1 for transitional kindergarteners.

Blair Road uses The Creative Curriculum with a Christian Foundation, which helps young children to develop in four key areas: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, and literacy. Moreover, all students engage in mathematics, science and technology, social studies, and the arts. “Creative Curriculum allows the child to have some input as to what they are excited about learning at Preschool,” says Director Katie Heimbach. “Children at Blair Road UMC Preschool will also gain important social skills to help them be more confident to enter Kindergarten. We are strong believers in play-based learning across all of the age groups.”

Blair Road UMC Preschool has a long history in the community. This year they will celebrate their 36th year serving area families. “We have second generation families that attended as preschoolers that are now bringing their children to us,” says Heimbach. “Our loving and creative teachers create a safe, enriching environment for the children in their care. Many parents choose us based on word of mouth recommendations from families currently enrolled or whose children have graduated.”

Kaitlyn Betts is a local mom who chose Blair Road precisely for those reasons. “We chose Blair Road because of the reviews of other moms in our group,” says Betts. “I like Blair because it’s small, and I really feel like my son can get the attention he needs.”

The regular school year at Blair Road UMC runs from September through May. Priority registration for currently enrolled students begins in mid-January; this is followed be a one-week period for church members and siblings of current students to register. Community registration will begin on February 6 of this year. If you are interested in your child attending Blair Road UMC Preschool, Heimbach suggests scheduling a tour of the school. Tours are available between the hours of 9:30 and 12:30; they can also be arranged in the afternoon if necessary. Blair Road UMC has a $75.00 registration fee, and parents can call for to schedule a tour and discuss tuition rates: 704-545-0772.

Philadelphia Presbyterian Preschool

Philadelphia Presbyterian offers a preschool program for children ages 3-5. They offer 2- or 3-day classes for 3-year olds, 3- or 5-day classes for four-year-olds, and a 5-day-a-week transitional kindergarten class. All classes meet from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Philadelphia Presbyterian Preschool focuses on teaching social studies, science, language arts, Bible stories, health, music and physical education in a Christian learning environment. Their goals are to provide a nurturing environment for young children while maintaining high standards. “The physical, mental, spiritual and social needs of each child must be met in order for him/her to reach full potential,” states Philadelphia Presbyterian’s philosophy. “The staff at PPC weekday kindergarten is committed to guiding your child in this positive direction and we understand how important this guidance is in the early years of a child’s life.”

“In addition to primary grade learning concepts, we offer a wonderful weekly music class, daily art, and outdoor activity,” says director Vicki Crossman. “Our Pastor, Rusty Benton, has chapel with the children every Wednesday morning. We help the children develop a sense of respect, confidence and love for God’s beautiful world. We have a recycling tree that we decorate each season with decorations the children create. We learn through science experiments, play and fun.”

Local mom Pheadra Line chose Philadelphia Presbyterian for her son based on a friend’s recommendation. “I wanted to send my son to a preschool where he would have fun and also learn what would prepare him for kindergarten,” says Line. “I didn’t want to pay for just a daycare. This preschool has been around for thirty years, so it’s well-known in the area for providing a great preschool program.” Philadelphia Presbyterian’s Christian-based program and reasonable prices were also important factors for Line.

Philadelphia Presbyterian is currently accepting applications for next fall. Prospective families can obtain application materials on the church web site under the heading “ministries:” Philadelphia Presbyterian’s $75.00 registration fee includes insurance. Monthly tuition fees range from $120.00 – $200.00 depending on the number of days per week your child attends.

If you are interested in Philadelphia Presbyterian for your child, you can visit the church web site or call Vicki Crossman for more information or to schedule a tour: 704-545-3439 extension 122. Philadelphia Presbyterian is located across from Bain Elementary School.

Arlington Baptist Preschool

Arlington Baptist Child Development Center offers Preschool classes for children ages 1-5. Children must be one year old on or before October 16 to enter school in the fall. Children are divided into classes by age. Preschool hours are 9:00 am – 1:00 pm for all classes.

Arlington Baptist focuses on educating children spiritually, socially, emotionally, academically and physically in a loving, Christian atmosphere.

“We chose Arlington because of small class size and the family feeling,” says local mom Erica Larter. “I was especially looking for a preschool that had teachers who had educational backgrounds and loved their students, and art work on the walls that didn’t all look the same as if the teacher did it. I was also looking for a preschool that incorporated Bible learning in all their activities, not just during one 15-minute chapel time. I was also looking for ethnic diversity with the students.”

Tuition fees for Arlington Baptist Preschool range from $130.00 – $240.00 depending on how many days a week you wish for your child to attend. Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is already underway for current students; registration opens for church members on February 6 and for the general public on February 13. The annual registration fee is $75.00, which includes a preschool t-shirt.

If you are interested in Arlington Baptist, call Director Connie Thomas at 704-573-1149 or 704-488-5408 to schedule a tour. Tours are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 9:30 and 11:30.

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011.