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Contact:  Diane Burns, Director  |  618-397-9071 | 
      Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Press Release

After several months of discussion, prayer, and examination, we regretfully inform everyone
that the Administrative Board of St. Matthew United Methodist Church has voted to close the
St. Matthew United Methodist Church Early Learning Center. The board created a special task
force this summer to examine this issue, and after much work by the task force, they
recommended to the board at their last meeting to close the Early Learning Center. The board
voted to approve their recommendation. The Early Learning Center will close on December 22,
2017. Please be in prayer for the children, parents, and staff during this difficult time.

 

 

Contact:  Diane Burns, Director  |  618-397-9071 | 
      Hours: 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Press Release

After several months of discussion, prayer, and examination, we regretfully inform everyone
that the Administrative Board of St. Matthew United Methodist Church has voted to close the
St. Matthew United Methodist Church Early Learning Center. The board created a special task
force this summer to examine this issue, and after much work by the task force, they
recommended to the board at their last meeting to close the Early Learning Center. The board
voted to approve their recommendation. The Early Learning Center will close on December 22,
2017. Please be in prayer for the children, parents, and staff during this difficult time.

 

 

About

daycarelogoChildcare for Children 6 weeks– 12 years

The Early Learning Center is a ministry of Saint Matthew UMC that provides childcare for Children 6 weeks to 12 years. Our center offers childcare and developmentally appropriate learning activities for children fifteen months to five years old. We also offer before and after school childcare for children in Kindergarten through age twelve. The center and school age programs are operated as a non-profit ministry, and tuition is based on the operating costs for the year. 

 

Our staff is made up of people truly dedicated to working with young children in their most formative years. Our directors, teachers, teacher's aides, and licensed food service personnel have recieved training in early childhood development, first aid, and CPR. Fifteen hours of continuing education training are required annually. 

Our Curriculum

  • Bible Stories and lessons
  • Math and Science center lessons
  • Reading and writing readiness activities
  • Sensory and art experiences
  • Fine and gross motor development activities

Purpose

The Saint Matthew Early Learning Center provides a rich enviornment in which your child is free to develop unique aspects of his/her personality.

The program is designed to foster your child's growth and development spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Various hands-on activities are provided so your child may be actively involved with people, materials and the environment. Language development is encouraged through activities that stimulate your child's senses. Songs, finger plays, games, etc., help the children learn numbers, letters and self-expression.

Preprinting skills are developed through cutting, pasting, coloring, and scribbling.

Goals

It is our goal through the involvement of the family that we will be able to act as an extension of your family. We want to provide each child with their best care and early education available. Parents can show interest in their child's care by providing a safe place for the creations their child brings home. Giving your child the opportunity to talk about their day also shows interest.

Services

Saint Matthew UMC Early Learning Center opened in 1973 and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. The Board of Health and the State Fire Marshall inspect the Center. We are dedicated to providing appropriate early childhood education and quality childcare services for infants (6 weeks old) through school are children (up to 12 years old).

Admission

The Center does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, cultural background or religion.

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday

6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We follow Belleville School District 201 for weather related closings.

  

We participate in the federal food program and serve nutritional breakfasts, lunches, and snacks daily.

Policies and Forms

 

Late Policy Pickup

A late charge of $5 per every ten minutes, or any part thereof, will be assessed for children left at the center beyond our scheduled closing time of 6 p.m.

 

Discipline
Discipline will be approached in a positive and consistent way. It will be excercised with an understanding on individual's needs and child development levels.

 

Bus Transportation School Children

The Early Learning Center does not provide bus transportation for school age children.

 

Pest Management Verification

The Early Learning Center has employed Bush Pest Control.

 

Child Enrollment Form

 

Consent Agreement Form

 

Health Certificate

 

Health Certificate - Lead Screen
 

Application for Employment

 

Daily Schedules

Toddler's & Two's Daily Schedule

    6:30 - 7:30     Free Play or Gross Motor Room

    7:30 - 8:00     Care Routines

    8:00 - 8:30     Breakfast 

    8:30 - 9:00     Care Routines

    9:00 - 9:30     Circle Time (Stories, songs, finger plays)

  9:30 - 10:00     Gross Motor Room/Outside

10:00 - 10:30     Arts and Centers

10:30 - 11:00     Care Routines/prep for lunch

11:00 - 11:30     Lunch

11:30 - 12:00     Care Routines

  12:00 - 2:30     Naptime

    2:30 - 3:00     Care Routines

    3:00 - 3:30     Snack

    3:30 - 4:00     Care Routines

    4:00 - 6:00     Gross Motor/Outside Play/Free Play

 

 

Care Routines- Diapering, toileting, hand and face washing

 

*Schedules subject to change to meet the needs of each child.

 

 

Preschool Daily Schedule

    6:30 - 8:25     Drop off in Gross Motor Room

    8:25 - 8:40     Care Routines

    8:40 - 9:10     Breakfast

    9:10 - 9:20     Care Routines

    9:20 - 9:40     Circle Time (stories, calendar, weather, helper chart)

  9:40 - 11:10     Centers (art, writing, science, music, etc.)

11:10 - 11:20     Clean Up

11:20 - 11:50     Gross Motor Time (outside or gross motor room)

11:50 - 12:00     Care Routines

12:00 - 12:30     Lunch

12:30 - 12:40     Care Routines

    1:00 - 3:00     Nap Time

    3:00 - 3:30     Care Routines

    3:30 - 4:00     Snack

    4:00 - 6:00     Pick Up, Free play

Calendar

Important Dates to Remember

November    
 23 - 24     Closed for Thanksgiving
   
 December  
 06  St. Nick's Day
 14  Christmas Program 
 15  Staff Party 
 18 - 22  Secret Santa 
 21  First Day of Winter 
 22  Christmas Class Parties 
 22  Early Learning Center's Last Day of Operation 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

Curriculum

 

 Week  Topic  Verse
 Week 46
 Elisha's New Room  2 Kings 4:8 -10
 Week 47  God Helps Naaman  2 Kings 5:1-16
 Week 48  Crossing the Jordan  Joshua 3-4:18
 Week 49  Walls Fall Down  Joshua 6
 Week 50  Deborah Obeys God  Judges 4:1-16; 5:4, 20-21
 Week 51  Joash Repairs the Temple  2 Kings 12:4-15; 2 Chronicles 24:1-14
 Week 52  Esther is Brave  Esther 2-9 

IMPORTANT TIMES
Sunday Times
8:00 a.m. - Traditional
9:17 a.m. - Contemporary
10:45 a.m. - Blended
6:00 p.m. - Cornerstone Deaf Church
6:30 p.m. - Bible Study

Wednesday
6:30 p.m. - Pray, Praise, and Preaching
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CONTACT INFO
Address:  1200 Moreland Dr.
                  Belleville, IL 62223
Phone:  618-397-5994
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