Learning through play
Play through learning
Year Round Preschool
Full Day child care
Half-Day child care
Part-time child care
After School program
Our full time, half-day, part-time, and after school child care and preschool options are for children ages 6 weeks old to 12 years old from Marion, Indiana and surrounding areas of Grant County. Our preschool offers small child-to-teacher ratios as well as highly educated and trained teachers and staff. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided. Our preschool accepts CCDF vouchers. We also offer transportation for our After School program.
Why choose Westminster Preschool?
Our preschool is a Level 3 Paths to Quality and follows NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) guidelines to provide a developmentally appropriate environment and learning experience.
According to NAEYC, developmentally approproate practice provides children with opportunities to learn and practice newly acquired skills. It offers challenges just beyond the level of their present mastery and it takes place “in the context of a community where children are safe and valued, where their physical needs are met, and where they feel psycologically secure.”
We follow the Indiana Early Learning Foundations, developed by the Department of Education. These standards ensure our preschool children are well prepared for Kindergarten.
We understand one of the hardest things as a parent is trusting someone with your most prized possession, your child. We try to make this transition as easy on you and the child as possible. Our staff will love your child like their own. We respect the infants individualized schedule with naps and feedings. Our babies also follow our curriculum, and learn by following the Indiana Early Learning Foundations. One of our parent's favorite features is the Brightwheel App we use to communicate with them throughout the day. The app will send pictures directly to your phone, and provide you with messages and updates on your child throughout the day!
This group is always busy! They have a full day planned each day including, meal times, diapering and potty training, learning centers, indoor and outdoor play, nap and so much more! We base our curriculum on the Indiana Early Learning Foundations. We use the Creative Curriculum approach as we work with the toddlers on all areas of development including, language, cognitive, large and small motor, social and emotional as well as spiritual.
Young Preschool Program
We do a lot of growing up at this age! This group is for 2 1/2- 3 1/2 year old children. We are finishing up our potty training and learning preschool skills! We use the Creative Curriculum approach and follow The Indiana Early Learning Foundations Standards. Our day includes toilet training, choice times, outside gross motor play, meal times and nap! We are learning cooperative play and how to be a good friend!
This age group is our 3-4 year olds. This group works on skills in preparation with our Pre-K class and skills they will use in Kindergarten. Learning self-help skills as well as cooperation and self-regulation is important at this age. We follow the Indiana Early Learning Foundations when we build our curriculum using the Creative Curriculum approach. Our curriculum focuses on the whole child, the activities are built around the needs of the children. We also build the children's character through our Christian curriculum and themes.
We follow the Indiana Early Learning Foundations to ensure the children are learning in all the areas of development including: English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Social and Emotional, Science, Social Studies, Creative Arts and Physical Health and Growth. We use the Creative Curriculum approach to best prepare our children for Kindergarten. In addition to the academic standards we also help the children grow spiritually through our Christian curriculum.
We are an approved On My Way Pre-K provider!
March 1, 2018: On My Way Pre-K applications are now available for grants to eligible children who will be 4-years old, but not yet 5-years old on August 1, 2018, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2019-20 school year. These grants will be good for pre-K programs starting in August 2018. Grants will be awarded until all available slots have been filled – families are encouraged to apply early!
Families must be living in one of the twenty pilot counties (Allen, Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties) and must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Child must be 4 but not yet 5-years old by August 1, 2018.
Child must be a resident of Indiana.
Parents/guardians in the household must have a service need (working, going to school, attending job training).
Families must earn less than 127 percent of federal poverty level (FPL).
Please follow the link below to apply online*, if you live in Allen, Bartholomew, DeKalb, Delaware, Elkhart, Floyd, Grant, Harrison, Howard, Jackson, Kosciusko, Lake, Madison, Marshall, Monroe, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Vanderburgh and Vigo counties.
*You will receive a confirmation notice that your online application has been successfully submitted and a confirmation email if you provide a current email address on your application*
If you prefer, you may complete a paper application. It is not necessary to complete both an online application and a paper application. Paper applications must be mailed, faxed or scanned and emailed to your local intake agent.
Please click on the following links to download a paper copy of the application (available in both English and Spanish)
Eligible families will be notified by contact information listed on their application to set up an appointment with their local intake. At this appointment, families will verify eligibility and complete the grant process including choosing an approved On My Way Pre-K program for their child to attend beginning in August 2018.
Please watch your mail for a large white envelope with the On My Way Pre-K logo. This envelope will contain paperwork and instructions for next steps.
Westminster Preschool is an approved On My Way Pre-K provider! Contact us to set up a visit when you apply so you are prepared if you are chosen to receive a grant!