ALL children ages 2 and up in our care during 9 AM-1 PM can participate in a portion of the ECL class (regular drop-in rates will apply)! ONLY ECL students will be doing the scheduled ECL craft, centers and individualized learning however.
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)
Daily ECL craft/activity exclusive to those who are registered for ECL
Individualized learning time
FTKP's Early Child Learning program provides children (ages 2+) an opportunity to learn and increase their social, cognitive, emotional, language and self-help skills, all while broadening their creativity. Our ECL program draws from Montessori & Reggio Emilia 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 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 and give us a call!
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 more of an independent learning style.
This approach takes a bit of the other methods. With mixed-age groups and a play-based learning, Waldorf's education teaches kids how to think freely, instead of what to think. They emphasize on the child's imagination and fantasy and use the arts throughout their teaching method.
Hello, ECL families! My name is Sarah Rowley and I will be leading your children this year in ECL. This is my fifth 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 for the past couple summers 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 eight 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 Reggio Emilia, Montessori and Waldorf learning approaches so teachers can accommodate multiple learning needs and levels. 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 half days as well. 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 (for those signed up for 4 days, makeup days are allotted for the the following registered month or at the end of the ECL season).
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 HOUR SESSION (9-11am):
2 days/week $136 monthly (like paying $8.50/hr or $17/day)
3 days/week $192 monthly (like paying $8.00/hr or $16/day)
4 days/week $240 monthly (like paying $7.50/hr or $15/day)
4 HOUR SESSION (9am-1pm):
2 days/week $240 monthly (like paying $7.50/hr or $30/day)
3 days/week $336 monthly (like paying $7.00/hr or $28/day)
4 days/week $416 monthly (like paying $6.50/hr or $26/day)
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!
9:00-9:10 Free Play
9:10-9:15 Clean Up
9:15-9:30 Large Group/Circle Time
10:15-10:30 Bathroom/Hand Washing
10:45-11:00 Free Play
11:00 Pick-Up for 2 hour Session Students
11:00-11:15 Free Play/Movement Time
11:15-11:30 Story Time/Puppetry
11:50-12:10 Centers or Individualized Learning with the Teachers
12:20-12:30 Bathroom/Hand Washing
12:45-1:00 Puzzles & Blocks
1:00 Pick Up for 4 Hour Session Students
The above schedule is what we try to adhere. We reserve the right to change as needed. For school breaks of our "Big Kids" we alter the schedule based on the attendance.
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 for the two-hour session and 9 AM - 1 PM for the four-hour session. You may arrive 5 minutes prior; any time prior to that or after the class end time, you will be billed at our normal drop-in rates.
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 one week prior to the next billing, otherwise a $10 convenience fee will be applied.
If you signed up mid-month your first 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 4 hour sessions, your first billing will be $504 ($336 for the 2 days/week for a month & $168 for the 2 weeks until that billing cycle).
Please see below for the Auto-Pay Authorization Form and for the Payment Schedule.
Yes. Please note however we don't have an option for mixed schedules. You are more than welcome to sign up for 2 days 2 hours/day and 2 days 4 hours/day. You can also fluctuate the days based on your need. For example, one week on Tuesday & Thursday you'd like the 2 hour preschool and Wednesday and Friday the 4 hour preschool, but the next week you'd like it reversed. No problem!
We use a mix of Montessori, Reggio Emilia & Waldorf learning methods. Our program is flexible and affordable. NOW with a 4 hour option! Click for more information!