Dear WCPS Parents and Prospective Parents,
Welcome to the WCPS website. We are very proud of our program and its long history of supporting children to become life-long learners.
WCPS follows accreditation requirements of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and holds a 3 Star Rating with the state of Tennessee. Our loving and devoted staff work diligently to envelop our children in a loving Christian atmosphere while providing each child a developmentally appropriate early learning experience. We are blessed to spend our days nurturing a love of learning - intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, creatively and spiritually.
Our inspiration is rooted in our belief that children are competent learners, that teachers are companions on the learning journey and the environment is an important prompt through which teachers, parents and the community engage children in the joy of exploration and experiences.
Our children are always encouraged to try new things, think out of the box, succeed, fail, regroup and try again. When we applaud the process, respect the effort and value the work as accomplishment, we teach children the importance of trial and effort. At the same time, we provide emotional support through applause, encouragement and modeling healthy relationships. Quality early childhood education is a well-tuned balance of challenging and lovingly supporting children.
Please visit the various pages herein to learn more about our program, our goals and mission, and how your child can benefit from our nurturing approach to learning.
Martha Brothers Duff, Director
Woodmont Christian Preschool (WCPS) operates as an outreach of Woodmont Christian Church (WCC). WCPS seeks to reach and minister to the children and families in the community by offering a high quality weekday preschool program. WCC strives to strengthen the lives of the preschool families by providing opportunities for involvement through the family, children and women’s ministries.
The foundation of Woodmont Christian Preschool’s educational philosophy is the development of the whole child. The intellectual, social/emotional, creative, physical and spiritual growths of the child are all of equal importance.
WCPS provides developmentally appropriate preschool experiences designed to help each child develop:
· Intellectually by encouraging an enthusiasm for learning through exploration and hands-on experiences.
· Social/ Emotionally by encouraging participation in group activities, getting along with others and developing a feeling of security and belonging.
· Creatively by encouraging children’s imagination and supporting expression of their thoughts and ideas.
· Physically by encouraging experiences that develop large and small muscle coordination and motor skills.
· Spiritually by providing a chapel experience and by integrating a biblical worldview throughout the curriculum and learning environment. Christ-centered character qualities are modeled through the love of our staff and the responses given to the children in our care. Bible stories, songs, and prayer give children an awareness of God’s love for them.
Each child is a unique gift from God and is encouraged to progress at his or her own rate. The nurturing atmosphere provides a backdrop that allows children to feel confident as they experiment, make mistakes and discover their abilities. The stimulating, child centered setting offers a safe and developmentally appropriate environment where children can learn self-discipline and have the opportunity to make good choices. Experienced and devoted teachers create challenging opportunities for children, inspiring them to love learning.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) advocates freedom and respects diversity. Over the years, Woodmont has served as a "bridge church” or a common ground for people and families with diverse denominational backgrounds. At Woodmont Christian Church, we worship God as revealed through Jesus Christ in an atmosphere of joy and reverence. Just as our spire reaches toward heaven, we aspire to reach toward God. Finding unity within our diversity and guided by the Holy Spirit, we seek to serve with excellence, both as a Church and as individuals, through compassionate ministries to people in need, providing opportunities for spiritual growth, careful stewardship of all our gifts and of God's creation and bringing others to Christ by sharing the Gospel of faith, hope and love in our words and actions.
WCPS is a Christian preschool, believing in the truth and relevance of the Bible. We are all created in God’s image and WCPS accepts all persons. We are called to love all and WCPS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions policies or behavioral policies.
Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these. Mark 12:31
Woodmont Christian Church provides an opportunity for the 3, 4 and 5 year-old children of Woodmont Christian Preschool to attend a chapel service in the church sanctuary. The weekly fifteen-minute chapel service is led by a Woodmont Christian Church staff member. The chapel experience is designed to encourage spiritual development by offering an age appropriate opportunity for children to grow spiritually. Teachers accompany the children during the chapel service in the sanctuary. Parents are welcome to attend the service with their children.