Thank you for your interest in our Preschool Classes at Calvary Baptist Church. Children age three, four, and five are enrolled in our Preschool Classes. These classes focus on skills to help prepare children for Kindergarten. Enrollment is determined based on space available. Our class size for preschool is limited to 14 children at most with 2 teachers per class. If classes are full we always accept names for our waiting list.
Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Our year-long session starts at the end of August and runs until the end of May. Our summer session runs from mid-June until the end of July. Children must be enrolled for both Tuesdays and Thursdays. We follow Fayette County Public Schools school calendar. If Fayette County is out of school, we will be also. We also follow their plan for inclement weather. If they should close or dismiss early MDO will also. Each day our preschoolers are engaged in numerous activities.
Centers (Writing, Science, Reading, Blocks, Puzzles, Trains, Homeliving, Craft, etc.)
Playground/Gym Time *
Preschool Skill Time
Whole Group Time
*Varies depending on the day of the week
Our Preschool classes also follow the WEE curriculum used for the Mother's Day Out program. We also include instruction and practice on skills developmentally appropriate for the preschool age child. These include taking turns, lining up, sharing, empathy, following directions, small group and large group time, as well as a variety of school-readiness skills.
School-readiness skills include:
Color and Shape recognition
Letter sound knowledge
Gross and fine motor skills (cutting, writing, gluing, etc)
Our teachers have access to additional curriculum resources including Handwriting Without Tears, the Building a Strong Foundation for School Success Series Field Guide (a supplement to the Kentucky Early Childhood Standards), and training offered by the Kentucky Association of Early Childhood Educators and the Childcare Council of Central Lexington.
Spanish classes are also part of the preschool class schedule each week.
You can find a copy of the Preschool Parent Handbook here.
Meet Our Staff
Betsy Waters, Director
Betsy has a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and National Board Certification in Early Childhood. She spent 6½ years teaching primary before becoming Director in 2006. She has one child currently in the program.
Ann McKinley, 4 Yr. Teacher
Ann has a B.A in Child and Family Studies. She has been teaching in the MDO program since 1996. Her three children have all graduated from the program.
Amy Maas, 3 Yr. Teacher
Amy has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Education. She taught elementary education for 13 years including time in both public and private schools. She has one son in our program.
Link to their Photo Album: http://calvarybaptistchurch.com/ministries/mdo/photo-album/