Stay and Play Preschool is a faith based, not for profit ministry of Christ Community UMC of Altoona and 1st United Methodist Church of Hollidaysburg. Our program is designed around the idea that children need full, happy, and flexible experiences. Emphasis is placed on the needs of the individual child to develop self confidence and independence through creative play and directed activities in a Christian atmosphere. Each class curriculum is designed to encompass five areas of learning:
A developmental approach is employed, beginning with the simple and building to the complex. Realizing that although there are specific ages at which a child achieves a given skill, each child is different and we attempt to reach our goals while respecting each child's achievement level. Refer to our Class Calendars to see an example of a typical month and see what your child will be learning!
The various sessions are staffed by trained personnel with experience in early childhood. Each curriculum is planned by a certified teacher. Each class is directed by two teachers, resulting in a ratio of seven children to one adult. The school provides developmental screening, parent-teacher conferences, and referral services.