Hope Christian Preschool
Watch our video to see our facilities and scroll down to learn about our school, a typical day and our classes. We would love to have a conversation about what our school can offer your family!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Tours begin in Spring 2024. Everyone is always welcome to come on Sunday mornings, starting at 9:15!
Early Bird Registration 2024-2025 School Year
Early Bird registration for the 2024-2025 school year for current families and Hope Lutheran Church members, email email@example.com for the registration link.
General registration for the 2024-2025 school year begins on January 2nd, 2024 at 8am.
Learn More About Our Preschool
Since its beginning in 1962, Hope Christian Preschool has been committed to serving the needs of the families in our community. Our academic curriculum meets the core competency guidelines for New York State Preschools. The teaching staff consists of well-qualified professionals with college degrees and/or equivalent classroom experience who will gently guide your child through the stages of learning. Teachers also have child safety, first aid and CPR training.
Our school year runs from September to early June.
Our Christian based curriculum teaches the children the most important message - Jesus loves them!
All classes are 2.5 hours.
All class times are 9:00-11:30 AM or 9:15-11:45 AM.
A school orientation/meet the teacher is held for all incoming families in early September. Tours prior to enrollment are virtual as to not disrupt classes in session. Please see the virtual tour on this webpage.
Also please join us for one of our open to the community events. Feb 23rd or Feb 24th. Keep an eye on upcoming events on this page for details.
- Must be 3 by December 1st
- Classes are on Tuesday/Thursday.
- Diapers are not accepted for this age level.
- Staff cannot change a soiled pull up as there are no changing stations in the 3 and 4 year old bathrooms. A parent or guardian will be called for soiled pull-ups. The child can be changed using facilities within the building and the child can return to class.
- Children in this class tend to be the younger 3 year olds, some with fall 3 year old birthdays. Pull up are accepted. However, the child must be independent in the bathroom and able to step in and out of a wet pull up. There should be some interest in using a toilet.
- 2-day class tuition is $1,435 for the 2023-2024 school year
- Must be 3 by December 1st
- Classes are on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
- Children in this class are fully toilet trained and independent in the bathroom. No diapers or pull ups are accepted
- 3-day class tuition is $1,900 for the 2023-2024 school year
- Must be 4 by December 1st
- Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Children in this class tend to be the younger 4 year olds or are turning 4 by December 1, fully toilet trained and independent in the bathroom.
- No diapers or pull ups are accepted.
- Children will be exposed to and engage in tasks and projects involving the core competencies for preparation for Kindergarten.
- 3-day class tuition is $1,900 for the 2023-2024 school year
Five-day Older Fours
- Must be 4 by August 1st.
- Children must be fully toilet trained and independent in the bathroom.
- No diapers or pull ups are accepted.
- Classes are Monday – Friday.
- This class is geared towards children who are taking advantage of the ‘gift of another year’ of preschool by delaying Kindergarten one year, or 4 year olds with birthdays early in the calendar year.
- The 4 year old Pre-K core competences are the same as the 3 day Fours, but the class has more time for lesson and skill reinforcement on the extra days.
- 5-day class tuition is $2,410 for the 2023-2024 school year
Typical Day: Each class is unique in lesson specifics and child expectations, but includes the same basic elements.
- All classes are 2.5 hours long per session
- Child choice /centers: puzzles and toys, center activities, (i.e. kitchen, dress-up, science, blocks, books, time for social interaction and developing friendships.) During this time the children learn about decision making and sharing as they play. Teachers also take the opportunity to work with them, one on one or in small groups.
- Circle time activities: opening song and prayer, calendar, helper chart, Bible story, learning concepts, and introduction to the craft.
- Craft Time: Fine Motor skills and academic concepts are reinforced and new ones are practiced through the crafts and other creative activities.
- Wash up and snack time: Snack time gives the children the opportunity to socialize and be responsible for themselves.
- Active play: takes place in the indoor play center, the play Zone or outside on the playground where children use their large muscles.
- Show & Tell/Letter of the week: helps the children develop their language skills and self-confidence by speaking in front of their classmates.
- Story time, Songs, and Finger plays: The children have an opportunity to learn new songs, develop memory skills and have fun with rhythms during this time.
- Coats on and closing circle: good-bye song, prayer and angel stamp, open the door to waiting parents and dismissal.
- Review Our Classes so that you know what you would like to register for.
- Have your payment information handy. We accept charge cards (for a small fee),
- Click the 'register' button at the top of this page.
Your child will need a backpack to carry papers, crafts, or Show & Tell items. You should enclose a change of clothes for any accidents, and extra socks for the playcenter.
Please make sure label everything with your child's name.
Your teacher will contact you regarding snacks.
Tissues, wipes, and paper towels are helpful donations for the school. Please, no sanitizer or other donations are needed.
Water bottles are not needed as the children get time for drinks.
Understand that from time to time, we will put pictures on Hope Church’s social media accounts (Facebook, instagram), and the website, and that staff may take pictures for such purposes however they will not save these photos.
Check your email (the one you use for billing) and spam folder from the month of January.
If you still can't find in, email firstname.lastname@example.org She can resend it to you.
Our school requires you to join your child’s class Remind account to receive crucial communications from your child’s teacher and from school. Please complete this before school starts.
We also highly recommend that the caregiver/driver who drops and picks up also be on Remind. This would be so they get instant messages regarding emergency pickups or holiday reminders. Joining is easy in 2 easy steps!
Get the app and join the school:
Text @hcpsgreece to 81010 join the HCPS account.
- When you are asked to provide your name, please add your child’s name in parenthesis ie. Kelly Brand (Noah Smith). To reduce confusion, please include your child’s last name if it is different from yours.
- Your role is P for Parent, even when you are the grandparent or caregiver.
- You will be asked to download the Remind app. Remember you can access
Set your notification preferences
Join your student's class
Our Class codes:
Blue Classroom: Tuesday, Thursday @blue-tth
Green classroom: Tuesday, Thursday @green-tth
White classroom: Tuesday, Thursday @white-tth
Yellow classroom: Tuesday, Thursday @yellow-tth
Blue classroom: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @blue-mwf
Green classroom: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @green-mwf
Yellow classroom: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @yellow-mwf
White classroom: Monday, Wednesday, Friday @white-mwf
White classroom: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday @white-mwth
Purple classroom: Monday - Friday @Purple-5d
Orange classroom: Monday - Friday @orange-5d
- We encourage healthy snacks for the children.
- Teachers will assign snacks by alphabet to each family, taking note of birthdays.
- The teacher will inform the class of any allergies.
- Regardless of allergies in your room, please provide a peanut-free snack (a snack that does not contain peanut products). Unless your teacher specifies otherwise, ‘made in a factory with peanuts’ is okay.
- Examples of a healthy snack are goldfish, pretzels, individual fruit cups, or applesauce. Please, no
cookies or muffins (special party days excepted).
- No drinks please, water will be provided.
- For birthday snacks, any individual wrapped snack such as mini cookies are okay for a birthday.
Teachers are available through the Remind app for questions. Be aware that individual teachers may have different times of the day for availability.
Arrival and dismissal times are good for a quick greeting, but they are not appropriate for a lengthy or private conversation.
Most preschoolers are still working on readiness skills when they start preschool. Use this list as a guideline. If your child has a majority of these skills or is growing towards them, they are ready to be a student! Remember that you can always practice preschool readiness skills at home.
To prepare for preschool, kids need to communicate or have an appropriate way of getting their feelings and needs across. That can be with words, gestures or sign language,
Preschoolers are also expected to have an awareness of others and want to make friends.
Emotionally, there are a few things to look for when considering whether your child is ready for preschool. The first is the ability to say goodbye to a parent or caregiver without too much anxiety. It’s common to be a little nervous. But kids who cry the entire day might not be ready to attend a full preschool program.
Most preschool-ready kids can pay attention to a short picture book being read aloud. Activities are typically limited to 5 or 15 minutes in a preschool classroom. Preschoolers have to concentrate on an activity for this amount of time.
By the time kids start preschool, they’re expected to play games or do projects with other kids for a short period of time (5 to 10 minutes) without needing constant redirection from an adult. They also need to feed themselves and find their way around the classroom once they’ve had time to get to know the space.
For more information, check out these websites. https://www.teachinglittles.com/child-know-before-preschool-checklist/
Read books about preschool.
There are many books about going to preschool available from the public library in your area. Reading to your child helps them begin to process this new opportunity. Greece Public Library also has wonderful children’s programs.
Make a game out of practicing self-help skills.
These skills include unzipping their coat, putting on their backpack,and fastening their shoes. Velcro shoes give kids a great sense of independence!
Before school begins, your child should also be able to drink from an open cup.
It can also help to review basic preschool skills (such as hand washing, toileting, socializing with peers, separating from adults, and following directions) a few months before enrolling them in a preschool program, particularly if you notice that some of these skills are lagging.
Play at your new preschool.
Our outdoor playground is always open! Follow @sharethehopekids on Facebook to see when our indoor playcenter will be open over the summer. These visits increase your child’s comfort with and confidence in this new setting. Or join us on a Sunday morning at 9:30 am for Hope Kids. Your child will have a great time!
Help your child learn to play alongside other children. Check out programs at your local library, community centers, and playgrounds. Go to the zoo, the beach, the ballgame! This will give your child confidence they can handle new situations. Have discussions about how new places can be a bit scary, and they are strong and brave to face them. Make a list of the new things they do/learn this summer and post it where you both can review it. This builds self confidence.
While diapers are not accepted in the older programs. Pull ups are allowed in the 2-day Threes, but not in any other programs. For potty training tips, check out these tips from Focus on the Family. Don’t stress though! We understand this is a work in progress. In August, you will have a chance to chat with your teacher about where your child is in the training.
Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool.
Take turns being the parent, child, and teacher. Act out common daily routines, such as saying good-bye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps. Reassure your child that preschool is a good place where she will have fun and learn. Answer her questions patiently. This helps children feel more in control which reduces their anxiety.
Practice short separations and work toward longer ones
Try leaving your child with a trusted friend or relative while you run a quick errand and see how that goes. This will allow your little one to slowly get used to what it’s like to be apart, and to learn the pattern of separation and reunion.
For more really great ideas, check out the Zero to Three website and their extensive list.
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