Mount Calvary Child Care and Preschool

CHRIST-CENTERED, ARTS-INFUSED, LIFE-LONG LEARNING…

 THE MOUNT CALVARY CHILD CARE & PRESCHOOL MODEL

Our Teachers…

Our teachers work together to give the best possible care and education for your child. We have an open door policy to families and the MTCCC&P Team welcomes you at any time! Our teachers are trained in CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions and are orientated to all policies, procedures, and state regulations.

Our Preschool Lead Teachers have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Education. Our other Lead Teachers have either an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or a Child Development Associate credential. Assistant Teachers have varying degrees of education and experience in working with children. In order to fulfill 20 hours of annual professional development, our teachers participate in weekly or bi-monthly professional learning communities or meetings and attend workshops or conferences to improve their teaching skills.

Our Curriculum…

Our faith-based and arts-infused curriculum is integrated throughout the day into all educational components of your child’s learning at Mount Calvary. Simple Bible lessons, songs, finger play, and prayers are incorporated. The Arts are alive at Mount Calvary as well! As an arts-infused early childhood learning school, dramatic play, visual arts, music, and the creative arts are a part of each child’s day. We believe that by integrating our faith as well as the arts into everything we do that each child’s creativity, imagination, and problem-solving will flourish.

Our research-based curriculum, The Creative Curriculum®, confirms our beliefs and is utilized in each classroom on a daily basis. The Creative Curriculum® helps teachers build children’s confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills, and promote positive outcomes. This curriculum is also aligned to the Indiana Early Learning Foundations for Infants through Pre-Kindergarten which prepares children to be well-prepared for Kindergarten and the K-12 Indiana Academic Standards.

Other student-centered learning areas such as math, science, blocks, manipulatives, reading, music, and sensory table allow children to learn best through play, hands-on exploration and discovery. Teachers are able to select a wide variety of learning materials from our resource room to meet the individual needs and interests of each child.

Our Environment…

Parents and visitors to Mt. Calvary are first met by a keypad in the entryway which ensures safety for the staff and children. Our spacious classrooms were designed for the various ages of the children we serve and our student-centered. Restrooms in each classroom allow staff to supervise toileting, potty training and diapering.

We are also proud to house an on-site elementary school full-size gymnasium for gross motor development and play. Activities such as parachute play, riding toys, hula hoops, scooters, and an assortment of dance and physical movement options are available to children as they learn.

The Mount Calvary Children’s Library is home to many favorite children’s books. Children are able to check out books weekly encouraging early literacy both at school and home.

Our Grounds…

​We believe that physical activity helps children develop large motor skills as well as brain connections that enable children to better learn. A large fenced playground for Preschool includes areas for climbing, sliding, swinging, sandbox play and grassy areas for ball play and room to run!

Teachers supervise an area for riding toys on a paved surface. A separate fenced area with similar equipment and a canopy for shade is enjoyed by the infant, toddler, and two-year olds. Water and bicycle days during the summer are great fun too!

Our Nutritional Food…

We participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program* (CACFP) of the state of Indiana, which ensures that your child is served a variety of nutritious foods and the appropriate amounts according to their age group.

We try to accommodate children with special dietary plans as approved by their physician. Breakfast is served from 6:45-8 a.m. each day, followed by a mid-morning snack, hot lunch, and an afternoon snack.

Meal time is also a learning time for children! We strive to make a pleasant mealtime atmosphere in our classrooms as staff sit with the children, engaging in conversation and paying attention to table manners. Infants are fed according to individual feeding plans which are updated by parents as needed.

USDA CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

*This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Our Safe Sleep & Rest Best Practices…

​Infants nap in their assigned cribs according to their own individual schedules. Safe sleep practices are followed for infants. Toddlers through age 5 sleep on cots in their classrooms with a light blanket, small pillow and sleeping buddy provided by the family. Lights are turned down and rest-time music is played as children settle into a comfortable rest time. Teachers move around to children, providing quiet conversation and rubbing backs as needed. Children who do not sleep may get up after a half-hour and do quiet activities while waiting for others to awake.

Our Fees…

​Full-time weekly fees vary according to the age of child and are at a rate comparable to the area we serve. Preschool is included in the weekly child care fee, as well as meals and snacks. We give 10 vacation days per year with no charge for children enrolled full time. A family discount is available when more than one child is enrolled. We offer monthly fees for those wishing to join us for only preschool during the school year.

School age fees for before and after school are determined by the hours needed. CCDF (Bright Point) vouchers from the state are accepted. All policies and procedures may be found in greater detail in our parent handbook along with our fee schedule.

Our Yearly Schedule & Hours of Operation…

​Mt. Calvary Lutheran Child Care and Preschool is open from 6 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday. We are closed for Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Years Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day and Independence Day. Part-time preschool hours are 8:45-11:45 AM during the school year with options of three, four, or five mornings per week.

Special Services We Provide…

About 65-70 children pass through our doors on a daily basis. Because of easy access to Airport Express and Bluffton Road at the south end of Ft. Wayne, we are able to serve those traveling into the city for work, as well as those who live within the surrounding community.

Mount Calvary offers a School-Age Before and After-School Program with transportation to and from Maplewood and Waynedale Elementary Schools (Fort Wayne Community Schools). We also provide a School-Age Summer Program that keeps children active and learning during the summer months with activities such as swimming, roller skating, and community-based field trips.

Children with special needs are included in our classrooms if we are able to best meet their needs. We work with First Steps therapists and other service providers that families arrange to work with their children on-site.

Our Accreditation & Memberships…

Mount Calvary Child Care & Preschool is accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Association and is an Indiana Registered VCP Ministry. We are an Indiana Paths to Quality Level 2 Provider. Our administration maintains active membership with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Lutheran Education Association, the Indiana Association for School Principals, and the Indiana Association for the Gifted.

2019-2020 PRESCHOOL CALENDAR

Thurs. Aug. 29    Back to school night  5:30-7:00PM

Mon. Aug. 19      First Day of Classes

Mon. Sept. 2       CLOSED for Labor Day

Oct. 24& 25         Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences

Thurs Oct. 31     Fall Classroom Parties

Mon. Nov 4          School Pictures  8-:00-11:30AM

Fri. Nov. 15          Grandparents Day 9:00-11:00AM

Nov. 28-29           CLOSED ~ Thanksgiving Vacation

Wed. Dec. 18      Christmas Service  6:30PM

Dec.24-Jan.4       NO PRESCHOOL ~ Christmas Vacation

(Child Care CLOSED Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, & Jan.1)

Jan.27-Feb. 1     National Lutheran Schools Week

March                      Dad’s Night  5:30-7:00PM

March 18-20        Pre-K 4 ‘s  Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mar 30- Apr. 3  NO PRESCHOOL ~ Spring Break (Child Care Open)

Fri. Apr. 10           CLOSED ~  Good Friday

April 16-17           Preschool 3’s Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences

Fri. May 8             Mom’s Morning  7:00-9:00AM

Thurs. May 21   Spring Program  6:30pm

Fri. May 22          Last Day of Preschool/ Game day

Child Care and Preschool Director

Do you want to change the world? That’s what we’re about at Mount Calvary! We want to make the world less lonely, people more connected, and everyone more in tune with our friend and savior! We are looking for someone to help us in our mission to authentically connect people to one another through the love of Jesus Christ. We believe that partnering with families is the best way to combat and correct loneliness in this world. We actively pursue holistic health in the home that comes through a grounding in the love of Jesus Christ in order that we may love each other as brothers and sisters of the same heavenly Father.

To aid us in accomplishing this dream of ours, we are looking for a Child Care and Preschool director that, first and foremost, shares this dream. Said director must have a passion for those outside the Church and those hurt by the Church. Beyond this crucial identifier, the director will serve the church by developing, running, and administering an effective Child Care & Preschool ministry by providing quality care and quality education for young children.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Plans strategically for the future of the Child Care & Preschool, implements such plans, and monitors their progress, including, but not limited to, developing and incorporating necessary philosophies, principles, and goals.
  • Understands, appreciates, and supports the mission of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church through support, involvement, and encouragement.
  • Plans, monitors, and manages the Child Care & Preschool as required by state regulations and relevant accreditation requirements, and updating standards and accreditation when necessary.
  • Trains and encourages the growth of staff and teachers by writing and/or updating handbooks consistent with regulations and accreditation, arranging opportunities for professional development such as workshops and conferences, and providing timely and constructive feedback.
  • Fosters positive relationships with parents in order to communicate well with them about the ministry and operations of the Child Care & Preschool, the met goals of the ministry, and any challenges in the ability to provide quality care and education.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter, resume, and any credentials to Nathan Whittaker, Senior Pastor, at pastornate@mtcfw.org for more information.

Assistant Teacher/Caregiver

Mount Calvary Lutheran Child Care and Preschool is seeking both part-time and full-time nurturing individuals for an Assistant Teacher/Caregiver position. The qualified applicant should have a working knowledge of children (ages infants – prekindergarten) in order to provide the best care and environment for their growth and learning. The person in this position will work with a Lead Teacher in providing and documenting each child’s daily care and education according to Paths to Quality regulations (Mount Calvary’s ministry is a Paths to Quality Level 3 Provider), along with implementing Lead Teacher directed lesson plans. A degree, CDA, or coursework in early childhood education, elementary education, or related field is preferred.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lovingly care for all of the needs of our students in a learning environment that stimulates child growth and development
  • Nurture our young students throughout their daily routines and learning activities
  • Ensure a clean and healthy classroom atmosphere by maintaining children’s proper hygiene and following proper policies and procedures
  • Exemplify characteristics of a Christian/Lutheran in a child care setting
  • Execute lesson plans utilizing research-based best practices and the Indiana Learning Foundations as a resource
  • Create and develop strong parent and child relationships
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of ongoing professional development
  • Complete and maintain CPR and First Aid certification

An ideal candidate for this role should possess:

  • Must have teaching/care-giving experience
  • Degree, CDA, or coursework in early childhood education, elementary education, or related field is preferred
  • Classroom experience required
  • Must be articulate, reliable, and possess a professional demeanor
  • Must love young children and have a passion for teaching and care-giving

Interested candidates should send their resume and any credentials to Sue Doepner, Interim Director, at director@mtcfw.org, or call 260-203-3715 for more information.

 

Courtney Knight

Preschool & Child Care Office Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Steele

Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Amy grew up in Nebraska. Amy’s passion for early childhood education began at an early age when she first started working with children at her church. She always knew that she would grow up to be a Preschool Teacher. Amy graduated from Wayne State College in 2013 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has taught at several Child Development Centers in Nebraska since then before joining Mount Calvary.

Amy is married to her wonderful husband who attends Concordia Theological Seminary. They are both passionate about their Lutheran faith and have enjoyed their transition to the Fort Wayne area.

Amy feels blessed to work at Mount Calvary and feels blessed to be able to support each student succeed so that they are ready for Kindergarten.

Hand in hand with families and Jesus, our Savior, as we teach, nurture and lovingly care for God’s children.

  • 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday
  • Child Care for Infants through 12 year-olds
  • Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten Classes for 3-5 year-olds
  • School-age Transportation to Maplewood & Waynedale Elementary Schools

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