Ashford Child Enrichment Center

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 The Ashford Child Enrichment Center (ACEC) is a service outreach of Ashford United Methodist Church. The purpose of ACEC is to provide rich, wholesome living experiences for young children in a Christian atmosphere.

 Ashford United Methodist Church provides an enriched, creative environment that is sensitive, understanding and supportive of the ever-changing roles of the family in the church and community. Specific guidelines for each class are available at the director’s office upon request.

 

Goals

Ashford Child Enrichment Center Expects to achieve the following goals for your child:

  • To offer lovingly prepared experiences by qualified teachers that will help each child to grow spiritually, emotionally, physically, intellectually, and socially.

  • To foster a positive self-image: activities are organized to encourage each child’s acceptance of his/her own talents and abilities and the talents and abilities of others.

  • To build a foundation of readiness for basic skills through age appropriate learning activities.

 

Hours of Operation (September to May)

     Monday-Friday, 6:30 a.m to 6:00 p.m.
          (2, 3, and 5-day options)

     Mother's Day Out, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
          (2, 3, and 5-day options)


Enrichment Classes Include:

      Dance, Health & Fitness, Music & Musical Theater, Science, and Spanish

Age as of September 1st determines placement:

     Infants (6-18 months)

     Toddlers (18-24 months)

     Twos (24-36 months)

     Beginners (3's) (2 classes)

     Intermediates (Older 3's & 4's) (2 classes)

     Pre-K 4's


Student:Teacher Ratio

     Infants: 3:1; Toddlers: 5:1; Two’s & Threes: 6:1; Pre-K: 7:1


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Infant Class

In addition to holding and cuddling the infants, our teachers are always interacting with them to encourage their mental and physical development. They will also introduce your child to our infant sign language program. Your child will learn to grasp toys, vocalize sounds, recognize pictures of familiar objects and acquire a variety of other skills.

Teachers work with each child in a series of stimulating activities that incorporate the natural routines of feeding and play. The teacher reinforces the babies’ development without disrupting their daily schedule.

Toddler Class

Toddlers have many opportunities to physically explore their world inside the classroom and on the playground. They also begin more structured activities, such as learning centers and circle time. Your toddler will begin learning concepts of color and size, and will build their vocabulary.

Our staff understands the challenges that toddlers face in a social learning setting, and have experience in helping them adjust to the give and take of the classroom environment.

Two-Year-old Classes 

Often this is the age when most children have their first opportunity to spend extended time away from home. It is their first chance to make new friends and learn new things. Our classes are small so personal attention is possible and individual needs can be met. Learning to be part of a group, sharing, taking turns, and following directions are fundamental learning skills that begin in this age group.

Beginners (Three-Year-olds)

The Beginner's program expands on the foundation established in the toddler and two-year-old programs. Children at this age are active, willing learners who look at everything around them in a curious light. We begin to introduce more routine and structure to children’s activities and daily schedule. Your child will build vocabulary, learn functional numerical skills, and will be encouraged to use simple reasoning to explain everyday occurrences. At this point, we introduce a Spanish-language program. Our daily activities continue to reinforce age-appropriate social development.

Intermediates (Older Three- & Four-year-olds)

Intermediates (Older 3-4 year-olds) are more secure and ready for a higher level of challenge. Our Intermediates have a lot of opportunity to explore Learning Centers and participate in dramatic play. Your child will learn to recognize letters and some letter sounds, add two groups of concrete objects by counting and begin to understand the concept of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. This well-rounded program also includes our Enrichment Classes, including Health & Fitness and Spanish.

Pre-K Four's

Our Pre-K program prepares children for kindergarten by teaching foundational literacy and math skills. Children learn letter-sound relationships, sight word recognition and basic mathematical functions. We also provide a character education program to nurture important social and emotional skills such as listening, understanding feelings and resolving conflicts. This well-rounded program encourages continued skill development in the arts and creative expression and also includes our Enrichment Classes, including Health & Fitness and Spanish.

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The learning environment is center-based, giving children the opportunity to explore and make choices. It fosters their abilities to think independently, logically, and creatively. The program encourages children to be responsible members of the class by learning to share and care for materials. Literacy development is encouraged through phonics development, rhyming, and games. They are encouraged to express themselves through drawing and writing. The mathematics curriculum is designed so students can develop number sense, sort and count, describe shapes, and create patterns.

Each child’s individual differences in growth and development are always recognized and accepted. Each one’s unique personality and learning style is considered at all times.

Deanna Lewis, Director

Rev. Hazel Jackson, Pastor

Phone: 281-497-6901

Fax: 281-497-7574

Ashford United Methodist Church

2201 S. Dairy Ashford Rd.,

Houston, TX 77077

P: 281-497-1146

F: 281-497-7574

AUMC@AshfordUMC.org

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