ALL 2-4 YOs in our care during 9-11 AM can participate in the ECL class! Regular drop-in rates will apply. The benefits of signing up for ECL are:
Invitation to Class Dojo
Monthly project folder
Monitoring of learning progress
More structure (your child will get in the routine of coming to class each week)
FTKP's Early Child Learning program provides children (ages 2-4) an opportunity to learn and increase their social, cognitive, emotional, language and self-help skills, all while broadening their creativity. We offer Reggio Emilia, Montessori, Play-Way and Waldorf inspired learning methods and activities in a co-learning, multi-age setting. Children are provided with a portfolio at the end of their session to commemorate their successes. FTKP's ECL Program is a great introductory program to a learning environment. With short sessions and multiple learning styles, you're child won't even realize they are learning!
A preschool prep for Mishawaka, Granger, South Bend and surrounding areas!
If you are already a registered FTKP family, please call 574-204-2677 to enroll your child. Payment is due upon registration.
If you are NOT a registered FTKP family, please fill out our Registration Form
This method encourages children to explore, with the teachers guiding them during this exploration. This is a project-based approach, where lessons are based on the child's interest.
This philosophy uses mixed-age groups for their learning experience. The older kids are role models for the younger children. All kids learn at their own pace.
This method is play-based; where all learning is done through play. The Play-Way method believes that education should be fun and not forced.
This approach takes a bit of the above methods. With mixed-age groups and a play-based learning, Waldorf's education teaches kids how to think, instead of what to think.
Hello, ECL families! My name is Sarah Rowley and I will be leading your children this year in ECL. This is my second year teaching ECL. I enjoy working with your children and being a part of his or her learning journey!
I have a BA from Bethel College and have worked with children of all ages in various teaching and mentoring roles. I recently completed Level 1 certification for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for ages 3-6. This is a Montessori based program and I use the basics of Montessori teaching in the ECL program. I have also spent time this summer learning more about the Reggio approach to early childhood education and how vital play is to the learning of children. My continuing education enables me to provide your children with a great learning environment.
I live in Mishawaka with my husband, Duane, and our six year old son, MIcah. Micah has been a FTKP kid since he was about six months old! I love music and spend my spare time playing my clarinet in the University Band at Notre Dame and at my church. My son is learning cello so I also spend time helping him learn his instrument and how to read bass clef.
We use multiple learning methods to accommodate a variety of personalities. We also embrace having mixed-age groups at different levels of learning.
Are you not ready to enroll your child in a full or half day program yet? We understand! We have short learning days, with the option for additional socialization time if desired. This is perfect for your little one to get acclimated to a drop-off setting.
We allot makeup days for those missed! For every day missed, we allot a makeup day to be used within that month or the following registered month.
There are no long-term commitments; you can sign-up and stop any month, without any fees!
We have small groups & a fun atmosphere! This allows for more one-on-one and personalized time.
2 days/week $120 monthly (like paying $7.50/hr or $15/day)
3 days/week $168 monthly (like paying $7.00/hr or $14/day)
4 days/week $208 monthly (like paying $6.50/hr or $13/day)
Socialization Exploration Pass:
15 hours for $90 ($6.00/hr)*
Tuesday-Friday. You pick the days of the week based on the package you sign up for. Example, if you sign up for 3 days/week, you can chose any 3 days in the week. You may also switch those days by week, i.e. Tue, Wed, Thu one week, then the next Tue, Wed, Fri. This gives you the flexibility you deserve!
*The Socialization Exploration Pass gives your child the opportunity to socialize and play beyond class, and gives you more Free Time! Your child MUST be enrolled in ECL during that month to use the pass and only one pass per month can be purchased. The pass hours expire at the end of the class month and must be used directly prior or following the ECL class. If you'd like further hours, please look into our package options.
Yes! To utilize our ECL program, your child must be an active Member. If you'd like to try our program first, please let us know and we'll include your child in one of our classes (normal drop-in rates apply).
9-11 AM. You may arrive 5 minutes prior; any time prior to that or after 11 AM will be billed at our normal drop-in rates, or pull from the Socialization Exploration Pass or Package if one was purchased.
After the first enrolled month, if you'd like to continue, all sessions will be on Auto-Pay. Auto-Pay will be charged prior to the next ECL session. If you'd like to disenroll your child or make a change, please notify us by the 14th; otherwise a $10 convenience fee will be applied.
If you signed up mid-month and would like to continue past the first month, your second billing will include the additional days to get you to the next billing cycle. Example, you signed up on the 14th for 2 days/week, your second billing will be $180 ($120 for the 2 days/week for a month & $60 for the 2 weeks until that billing cycle).
Please see below for the Auto-Pay Authorization Form and for the Payment Schedule.