Our Students include children from working families, with limited socioeconomic resources and children with developmental delays and disabilities.
To discuss our programs or enrollment or to plan a tour, contact:
Diahann Whittington, Admissions Administrator at 804-358-9788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Childhood Education
St. James Children’s Center’s Early Childhood Education Program places an emphasis on discovery and exploration in play. We help children develop their individual strengths. This forms a foundation for school and life success. We use the Creative Curriculum to provide children with experiences which facilitate development in language, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills, large and small motor development, and social and emotional skills. Our full-day childcare gives children rich experiences in literacy, art, music, movement, and science.
St. James’s Children’s Center also uses a social-emotional curriculum, based on the CSEFEL program (Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning). This curriculum is designed to provide children with tools and strategies in order to enhance children’s sense of self and support positive relationships. At St. James’s Children’s Center, we strive to create an environment that encourages a child’s curiosity and opportunities to develop creative thinking in making decisions and choices within appropriate limits.
After School Program
After School at the Children’s Center is a developmentally appropriate program for elementary school children. Each day’s activities include a balanced afternoon of homework assistance, enrichment activities, outside time and nutritious snacks. We currently provide transportation from St. Andrews School and accept children from additional schools who must provide their own transportation. Several days a week the students are offered enrichment activities including yoga, music, and creative movement.
Summer Enrichment Program
At St. James’s Children’s Center, our summer is filled with field trips for all ages in order to connect children to their community and provide them with a wealth of varied experiences. Children will play and learn through seeing, touching, listening and feeling the world around them.
In order to maximize their learning experience, each day children are introduced to the concepts and topics of the day’s field trip before leaving our Center. Our curriculum enhances post-field trip learning as well. For example, after going to Maymont, if the children seem particularly interested in the animals’ home, further investigation of animals and their habitats would be incorporated into the curriculum.
Children in our Summer Enrichment Program take part in ‘Camp Lit’ in the morning. This program designed by Scholastic provides enrichment and intervention strategies in order to avoid academic loss over the summer months, often referred to as the ‘summer slide’. These engaging activities concentrate on reading fluidity, independent reading, bringing texts to life and authentic and engaging writing activities. After exploring a book each child takes a copy home to keep and share with his/her family.
Some of our field trips:
- The Children’s Museum
- Lewis Ginter Park
- Maymont Park and Nature center
- Roller Skating
- Learn to Swim
- Pocahontas Park
- 3 Lakes Park ….and that’s just the beginning!
Our Curriculum & Teachers
St. James’s Children’s Center uses the ‘Creative Curriculum’, which places an emphasis on discovery and exploration in play while teaching the skills and concepts needed for kindergarten readiness. The curriculum provides children with experiences to facilitate development in language, pre-literacy and pre-numeracy skills, large and small motor development, and social and emotional skills, as well as an emphasis on problem solving and reasoning skills. Children receive art, music, movement, science, and computer lessons and regularly participate in community field trips and experiences such as SPARC and the YMCA Learn to Swim program.
In addition, St. James’s Children’s Center uses a ‘curriculum within a curriculum’, based on the CSEFEL program (Center for Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning). This curriculum is designed to provide children with tools and strategies to enhance children’s sense of self, negotiate with others, and support positive relationships.
A child’s early years provide a foundation for growth and development for the rest of his/her life. The professional teachers and staff at St. James’s Children’s Center are well versed in the developmental stages of early childhood. The rate at which children progress through those stages varies dramatically from one child to another. Our teachers use their knowledgeable to individualize instruction and ensure that we meet the needs of each child, each day.
Our exceptional teacher/student ratio of 1 to 6 ensures that our teachers meet the individual needs of each child.