The Learning Center has five intriguing classrooms enabling children to explore and enjoy each day. Each classroom includes learning centers for discovery in: Science, Math, Writing, Manipulatives, Computer, Creative Arts and more.
We use age appropriate curriculums daily. The ABEKA Bible curriculum explores Bible stories, character development, prayer and praise and weekly Bible verses. The Creative Curriculum and Handwriting Without Tears Curriculum lead the children to discover different interests and curiosities as well as teaching the children name recognition, letters, colors, numbers and shapes.
Daily class routines are organized for small children with smooth transitions through Circle Time, Hands on Activities and Rest Time. We follow a planned and structured schedule for each day which allows room for flexibility and familiarity.
We have special events throughout the year to entertain as well as educate our children. These special days range from Community Helps, Special Guest, Holiday Celebrations, Pancakes & Pajama’s and much more.
Michele brings over 25 years of experience in early childhood education to the Learning Center. Michele has a Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has her Director’s Credential through the state of Florida. She also has her Child Development Association Certification and Christian Child Education Development Certification. She is a member of the Child Development Alliance for young children, and is active in several agencies for early childhood. Michele has a heart for children, a heart for the Lord, and a spontaneous inviting smile.
Michele and her family are actively involved at their church as well as ENUMC. She is married to Al who is a Bible and Life Group Leader. They have two children: Nicole and AJ, who is married to Colleen, and one granddaughter Callie.
When you visit the Learning Center, you will hear plenty of giggling and happy sounds. Our teachers are highly qualified and educated. We have seven experienced and well-trained teachers. We also have teacher assistants which enables each child to move through their day with extra care and hugs.
Our child to teacher ratio is lower than what the state requires; this allows us to better engage the children in activities. Our staff are all CPR/AED certified.
Because we are a mission and ministry of East Naples United Methodist Church, we do offer more for our children. Additional programs include: