Christian Childcare and Preschool
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:14
Atonement Christian Childcare and Preschool (ACCP) is a licensed program dedicated to providing quality early childhood experiences for children in a safe, nurturing, Christian environment. From infant care to after school programs, our qualified and dedicated teachers provide environments in which children of all ages will learn about the Good News of Jesus Christ as well as develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually
Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM
6 weeks – 12 years
- Infant Childcare (6 weeks – 17 months)
- Toddler Childcare (17 months – 30 months)
- Early Preschool (30 months-turning 3 after July 31)
- Preschool (children must be 3 by July 31)
- Kindergarten Childcare (after school childcare, non-school days, and summer)
- School-Age Childcare (after school childcare, non-school days, and summer)
Atonement CWM believes that all children deserve the chance to grow within a community of caring and nurturing adult role models. Children need many opportunities to build relationships that support commitments, positive attitudes, values, and appropriate social skills. Teachers and staff strive to provide an environment that is safe, secure, structured, constructive in its use of time, supportive and empowering, so that all children may grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
CWM is committed to:
- Providing a safe and creative Christian Environment that supports the care and growth of the whole child.
- Implementing an age appropriate curriculum that allows for structured, hands-on, play based learning while complimenting the goals of the Fargo Public School system.
- Creating recreational and play activities that serve the child’s needs in an environment that is age-appropriate, structured and well supervised.
- Providing learning and growth opportunities that will encourage adult-child mentor relationships as well as new interests and experiences.
- Encouraging children to acquire self-esteem, concern for others, a sense of community and a spirit of caring.
- Encouraging children to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ through daily conversation, pastoral visits, weekly chapel, devotions, prayer and outreach to the community.
- Small class sizes
- Experienced and professional teachers who utilize the Creative Curriculum model to design and implement age appropriate lesson plans and classroom environments
- Continuing education and mentor programs for teachers<
- Creative Curriculum and Ages and Stages developmental assessment tools utilized to ensure children are meeting age appropriate developmental milestones
- Christian teachings
- First Aid and CPR certification required for all teachers
- Professional development for teachers
- Strong relationships between families and teachers
- Healthy and nutritious meals
- Participation in quality improvement programs such as Cass County Early Childhood Rating and Improvement System Pilot Program, North Dakota Growing Futures, and Growing Child Care in North Dakota
Our teachers strive to plan safe and creative lessons that are developmentally appropriate for each age group. Some of the learning areas include:
- Gross-motor activities – giving children the opportunity to use their muscles as they engage in fun, healthy exercise.
- Fine-motor activities – helping children improve fine-muscle development and hand-eye coordination. Common items found in the classroom include puzzles, peg boards, crayons, scissors, and pencils.
- Art activities – helping children creatively express their thoughts and feelings. These activities help reinforce fine-motor skills and development in areas such as colors, shapes, and size relationships. Our art activities are designed to focus on the process versus the end product.
- Dramatic-play activities – allowing children to express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary, and solve problems.
- Music activities – promoting children’s listening skills, creative expression, and social skills.
- Science activities – offering children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation.
- Block play – giving children experience with many different concepts such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, cause and effect, and classification.
- Story time – helping children develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills.
- Circle time – gathering the group of children together to share ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are designed to stimulate children’s thinking, enrich their social skills, and expand their attention spans.
Infants, Toddlers and Early Preschool
6 weeks-17 months; all year care
Two full-time teachers work with our 8 infant children.
We do require full-time (Monday-Friday) enrollment in our Infant Classroom. Our focus in the infant room is forming strong, healthy relationships with the children and with your family. We encourage families to share all important information regarding the changes that occur during this stage of development. We follow the needs of each individual child throughout the day and design activities with their development in mind. There is rapid growth happening for infants and we are excited to be a part of all of the changes, answer any questions, and share in the joys of caring for your precious little one.
17 months – 30 months; all year care
Two full-time teachers work with our toddlers.
We do require full-time (Monday-Friday) enrollment in our Toddler Classroom. Our focus in the toddler room is helping children with their independence and self-help skills. The teachers design lesson plans that help foster the development of a toddler including: playing with others, creating artwork, cleaning up toys, learning to communicate with words, helping with meals, and a variety of other self-help skills.
30 months – turning 3 after July 31 of the current year; all year care
Two full-time teachers work with our Early Preschool children.
We do require full-time (Monday-Friday) enrollment in our Early Preschool classroom. Our focus in the Early Preschool room is to continue helping children with their independence and self-help skills as well as provide opportunities for them to participate in activities that will prepare them for their preschool experience. Teachers prepare lesson plans that focus on the individual needs of each child as well as group activities where the children can learn from each other.
Kindergarten & School Age
For ages 3-5
Children must be 3 by September 1st
Option 1: Morning Only Preschool
Three Day (Monday, Wednesday & Friday-Registration currently open) or Four or Five Days (Monday – Friday)
- Part-Time Enrollment (3 mornings per week)
- Full-time Enrollment (4 or 5 mornings per week)
- From 8:30 – 11:30 AM
- This is offered September – May
- Atonement Preschool follows the Fargo Public School calendar and we do not have morning preschool classes during non-school days and in the summer. Children enrolled in our morning preschool program will be provided opportunities to engage in age appropriate activities with a structured morning of art, music, play, devotion, and many other activities to prepare them for Kindergarten. Atonement Preschool offers an important opportunity to interact with other children
and foster their social>and emotional development.
Option 2: Extended Day Preschool
- 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 PM
- Offered All Year
- Children ages 3-5
- Minimum 3 days per week (family’s choice)
- Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack included in tuition
- Transportation provided by bus routes from: Bennett and Centennial during the school year.
- Transportation provided by Atonement from: Ed Clapp, Kennedy, and Lincoln (There is a monthly transportation fee)
- 3:00 – 6:00 PM (school days)
- 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 PM (non-school days and summer)
- Minimum 3 days per week
- Indoor gym and outdoor space for large motor activities
- After-School enrichment activities available, and Praise Time each week and opportunities
to build healthy relationships with other children and adults