The goal of the Preschool Program is for our young children to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ, while developing an academic foundation for the elementary years ahead. Providing a close teacher child relationship within a happy Christian environment is our primary focus.
Desert Christian Preschool welcomes children aged three and four years. The program is available mornings or full days and a class for moms and toddlers. The curriculum includes phonics, pre-reading, numbers, music, stories, scripture memorization, visits to the library, and many fun hands-on activities both indoors and outside. Desert Christian is an approved provider 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 and have been a child care Director since 1995. During this time, I have been thoroughly blessed by hundreds of children and their families. 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 including snack time, rest time, and outdoor play.
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 God 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 a 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 indoors, structured and unstructured 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
The emphasis for this age group is to get ready for kindergarten. All activities are designed with the goal of providing an easy transition into kindergarten anywhere, and into the kindergarten program at Desert Christian Schools in particular. While this program is more structured, students are also beginning to take on more responsibility for their own learning in a fun, hands-on, exploratory environment.
Students are learning that they are competent in many ways as they make decisions for learning in a variety of learning/exploring centers. Math, letter recognition, reading/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, dictate stories, and learn basic math concepts such as number recognition and one-to-one correspondence. Memorizing of 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 the Kindergarten teacher are coordinated to be sure 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 Care Program
Early Drop Off | 7:30 - 7:49 am
Aftercare | 11:50 - 5:00 pm
All Students staying for aftercare must bring their lunch from home. Students staying until 2:30 pm and after must also bring an additional afternoon snack.
Students staying in the After Care Program will participate in:
- Lunch with teachers and peers
- Outdoor interactive playtime
- Nap/rest time
- Structured learning activity centers
- Story time
- Independent play/learning centers