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Welcome to Cedar Mill Christ Preschool!

Thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our school!  We have a wonderful program that has proudly served NW Portland families for over 50 years! Registrations are currently being accepted for the 2017-2018 school year for 3’s, 4’s and Pre-K classes.  Space is limited and fills quickly, so call the school today to speak to one of the staff about registering your child.  We will have an OPEN HOUSE on January 27 from 10am-noon.

 

Mission:

Our mission as Christian educators and caregivers of young children is to give and teach the love of God to each child. At Cedar Mill Christ Preschool, we seek to provide an atmosphere in the classroom that helps us express through word and action that each child is a unique creation of God, special and loved by God, worthy of love, kindness and respect from others. While at Cedar Mill Christ Preschool, children are immersed in an educational, hands-on, fun environment that teaches God’s love in the creation of humankind and our world through literature, science, art, mathematics and dramatic play activities. These activities are also used to teach and model loving each other as families, friends, teachers and students.

Philosophy:

Cedar Mill Christ Preschool follows a developmentally appropriate curriculum as outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each child is encouraged to grow at his or her own pace through interaction with people and materials. Through this interaction, the children acquire the fundamental skills they need. Our preschool provides an environment that engages the children to grow socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively to the extent of their abilities and interest.

Our Approach:

We believe children learn and thrive in creative, active, hands-on experiences.  Our teaching centers provide opportunities for each child to explore concepts through their own individual learning style.  We teach letter and number recognition, phonics, math concepts, music appreciation, American history, world geography and cultures, art and basic science.

Social awareness and development is an important part of every element of our day.  Children enjoy stimulation social experiences as they pretend in our varying themed stations, including kitchen, baby doll care, big block center, giant Lego center, puppet theater, grocery store, space station, castle, hospital, fire station, pumpkin patch and camping play.

The physical health and growth of our children is important, so ample time is given each day to go outside for group games or to play on the playground equipment.  The covered play area is used on rainy days for sand play and ball games.

 

Class Sizes:

Cedar Mill Christ Preschool has been a Cedar Mill and NW Portland family tradition for over 50 years, due in part to our commitment to small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios.  Even though our school facility is spacious, we typically keep each class size to 12 students or less for our 3’s class with two teachers and 16 students or less for our 4’s class with two teachers.  Our Pre-K class is a 10:1 ratio or less.  The children’s safety, peace and enjoyment are our primary goals, and small class sizes ensure that each child’s social, emotional and physical needs are met.

 

Our Classes:

3’s Class     9am-11:30am     Tuesdays & Thursday

The 3’s class is for children who are age three by September and are potty trained.  Children may wear pull-ups but need to have experience using the toilet.  The curriculum is social and play-based with creative learning centers and activities.  Letter and number recognition, beginning letter sounds and beginning math concepts are taught along with art experiences, science fun, music appreciation and dramatic play.

4’s Class     8:30am-11:30am     Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays

The 4’s class is for children who are age 4 by the end of November.  The curriculum includes letter and number recognition, phonics, math concepts, pre-writing, science, art and music appreciation.

Pre-K Class     8:30am-11:30am      Mondays – Fridays

The Pre-K program is for children who are age 5 by January or by teacher recommendation for earlier enrollment.  Curriculum is geared to providing Pre-K learning objectives for Kindergarten readiness and success.  Class size is limited to 10 students.  Check out Teacher Diana’s blog for the Pre-K Class – https://fivesclass2015.wordpress.com/

Pricing for Fall 2018-2019:

3’s program     Tues/Thurs     9am-11:30am     $180/month

4’s program    Mon/Wed/Fri     8:30am-11:30am     $243/month

Pre-K program     Mon-Fri     8:30am-11:30am     $405/month

Registration Fees:  Last month’s tuition (May 2019) plus $150 enrollment fees.  All Registration fees are non refundable.  Class placement is not guaranteed until total fees have been paid.

 

Registration:

Download this registration form, fill it out and scan or take photo of it and email it to preschoolboard@cumcpdx.org.

Please call us at 503-646-2265 to register, schedule a tour or to just ask questions about the program. You can also contact us via email at preschoolboard@cumcpdx.org

Summer Camp Registration:

Download this summer camp registration form, fill it out and scan or take a photo of it and email it to preschoolboard@cumcpdx.org.

Summer Camp Descriptions:

Week 1 – Wild Wild West May 29-May 31

Join us this week as we make our way west for Gold. We will make our Cowboy hats and vests,
corral the pigs, and fill up our wagon to get ready for the big trip. We will follow our treasure map and
learn along the way that we shouldn’t just eat any strange plant you see growing in the ground! Once
we get to our destination, it’s all MINE MINE MINE! We will even try trading the gold we mine for
other goods such as fur and food. We hope you can join us on our big adventure West!

Week 2 – Young Scientists June 5-June 7

This week is all about trial and error! Join us in our laboratory as we answer some big questions!
How big can we get a balloon to blow before it pops? Can a lemon really light up a light bulb? How
can you make boogers grow in a jar? These questions and more we will answer during science
week!

Week 3 – Around the World June 12-June 14

Ok, so we can’t travel the world in a week, but you can learn about some interesting countries outside
our own. Join us this week as we learn about different flags, foods, and celebrations around the
world!

Week 4 – Water World June 19-June 21

Every good summer camp has to have water! Join us during our final week of summer camp as we
participate in water games galore! Sprinklers, water balloons, water squirters, etc. Bring your
swimsuit and towel this week because this camp is all about getting wet and having fun!

Basic Summer Camp Information:

● All camps are 9:00am to 11:30am.
● Please bring a snack, light jacket, and a change of clothes.
● $65 per camp – Checks payable to Cedar Mill Christ Preschool or electronically at
www.cumcpdx.org (click on give tab – upper right – fill in amount next to Christ UM Preschool
and enter your child’s name and summer camp in the Registration section. If you choose to
use a credit card, camps are $67/camp. If you choose to use an electronic check, then camps
are $65/camp.
● Summer camps are for children age 3, 4, and 5. Children must be potty trained.
● Non-Cedar Mill Christ Preschool families are welcome to register after February 5, 2018.

Registration and Cancellation Policies:

● A child’s spot in the camp is not confirmed until payment is received by check or electronically.
● Please put camp name or date on the check and your child’s name.
● Payment is due one week prior to start of camp.
● If the camper is unable to attend all three days of camp, the $65 camp fee must still be paid.
Partial or pro-rated registration will not be accepted.
● If Cedar Mill Christ Preschool cancels a camp due to low enrollment, Cedar Mill Christ
Preschool will fully refund the registration by check.
● If a camper chooses to cancel,
○ cancellation must be received in writing one week before the start of camp in order to
receive a refund.
○ camp registration fees for one camp may not be applied to registration fees for a
different summer camp.
○ camp registration fees may not be applied toward regular school year tuition payment.

Please call us at 503-646-2265 to register, schedule a tour or to just ask questions about the program. You can also contact us via email at ministries@cumcpdx.org