We provide a play-based, child-focused, Christ-centered preschool program. The primary focus of Desert Christian’s preschool program is for your child to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ while developing an academic foundation for the elementary years ahead. We provide an exploratory, investigative, sensory-rich learning environment that is essential in fostering your child’s desire to learn. Developing a close teacher-student relationship within a joyful Christian setting is extremely important to us.
Desert Christian Preschool welcomes children ages three to five years. We offer a traditional morning program as well as a bilingual full day program. Our biblically integrated curriculum includes alphabet recognition, phonics, pre-reading, numbers, music, story time, scripture memorization, science, art exploration, and many hands-on activities both indoors and outdoors. Desert Christian Preschool is licensed by the State of Arizona.
My name is Angela Alday, but the children affectionately call me Miss Angie. With God’s calling and equipping, I became an early childhood educator in 1990. I have been thoroughly blessed by hundreds of children and their families over the years. My family has been a part of the Desert Christian community since 2001. My two beautiful children attend Desert Christian High School where my husband coaches basketball and track.
It is our belief that not only our curriculum must be integrated with God’s Word and principles, but that our methods and personal interactions must also reflect Godly principles. Everything we do has this as its basis and emphasis. Your child will have the opportunity to learn through exploration and imaginative play during both planned activities and free play in the classroom and on the playground, with the spiritual emphasis of understanding who God is permeating all activities.
You will also find that partnering with families is a foundational concept for Desert Christian Schools. It is our desire to create an environment that is an extension of the home which honors Christ and the children He created. Desert Christian Schools offer a place for each child to feel loved, nurtured, and secure, while developing personally and uniquely.
I look forward to partnering with you in “bringing up your child in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
In His service,
Angela Alday | Preschool Director
The Preschool Curriculum
The Desert Christian Preschool curriculum is based on both ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and Arizona Early Learning Standards, featuring a combination of teacher-led and student-led activities.
Preschool 3 - 4 Year Olds
3 Days a Week | Morning Program 8:00 am - 11:50 am
4 Days a Week | Morning Program 8:00 am - 11:50 am
5 Days a Week | Morning Program 8:00 am - 11:50 am
The emphasis for this class is to introduce children to school and their life-long learning experience. Children learn about taking turns, following a routine, following directions, and developing positive social interactions. An emphasis on language development and verbal skills is provided through carefully planned play-based indoor activities, intentional learning centers, and plenty of time for interactive play and exploration outdoors to encourage large and small motor development.
Art exploration, phonemic awareness, basic counting skills, scripture verses, songs and poems, listening to and interacting with stories, spatial awareness, and sensory activities are all a part of your child’s learning experience.
Preschool 4 - 5 Year Olds
5 Days a Week | Morning Program 8:00 am - 11:50 am
Bilingual 5 Days a Week | Full Day Program 8:00 am - 2:30 pm (Early Dismissal at 2:15 pm on Wednesdays)
The emphasis for this age group is to prepare for kindergarten. All activities are designed with the goal of providing a smooth transition into kindergarten anywhere, and into the kindergarten program at Desert Christian Schools in particular. Students are beginning to take on more responsibility for their own learning in a fun, hands-on, exploratory environment.
Students are finding that they are competent in many ways as they make decisions for their learning while exploring and investigating their environment. Math, letter recognition, reading and writing readiness, art, music and rhythm movement, science experiments, social skills, and large and small muscle development provide interactive opportunities throughout the day. Children will begin to print, recognize alphabet letters and sounds, and learn basic math concepts such as number recognition and one-to-one correspondence. Learning scripture, poems and songs are also an important part of their experience. Children must be 4 years old by September 1st to be in the 4 -5 year old program.
Kindergarten Readiness: An assessment by both preschool teachers and kindergarten teachers are coordinated to ensure your child is ready to have a successful Kindergarten experience. All children must be 5 years old by September 1 to attend Desert Christian Schools’ Kindergarten.
Extended EduCare Program
Early Drop Off | 7:30 - 7:49 am
After Care | 11:50 - 6:00 pm
Students staying in the Extended EduCare Program will participate in:
- Lunch with teachers and classmates
- Outdoor interactive playtime
- Nap/Rest time
- Structured activity centers
- Story time
- Independent play and learning centers