In 1983, Messiah established its preschool in response to the need of quality childcare for the working parent and to share the congregations's faith in Jesus with the community. Presently we serve 34-40 famlies in our half day programs. A Pre-K program was added in 1986 in order to assist 4 and 5 year olds in preparing for Kindergarten.
We believe that children are unique human beings with their own individual ways of learning. In support of this belief, we provide natural materials and a well-prepared, responsive environment which emphasizes a child’s own experimentation, self-direction and self-expression. We give the children free choice of curriculum ideas throughout the day. Developmentally appropriate activity areas include block building, art, storytime, writing, science, fantasy, manipulatives, carpentry, large muscle play, singing and dancing, and cooking. Structured areas of our school day involve snack and group time. We offer a social skills based program which is not highly academic. It is our firm belief that the early years of a child’s life are the most important regarding their development. It is our desire to help our children establish healthy self-concepts and social skills so they are equipped with a good foundation for future learning.
At Messiah Lutheran Preschool we offer a combination of programs. They are as follows:
2, 3 or 5 day morning preschool session 9 am - 1 pm MWF
9 am - 12 pm TTH
2, 3 or 5 days a week morning Pre-K session 9 am - 1 pm MWF
9 am - 1 pm TTH
Buddie Care: 1-5 days a week from 1 pm – 2 pm. This extended hour of care combines children from both the preschool and PreK classes.
The prekindergarten session is designed for older preschoolers (minimum age 3 years 10 months by September) who are waiting an additional year before starting kindergarten. Enrollment in the pre-K program is subject to recommendation by the director.
Our facility is licensed for 24 children at one time, ages 2 ½ through 5 years. At all times, we maintain a child/teacher ratio of 8-1, children to staff.
801 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060