Open Arms offers several full-day care programs for your child from age 6 weeks through Pre-Kindergarten. We offer these full-day schedules: All ages – Monday thru Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
We offer half-day programs for 2 year olds (8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.); and Half-day 3’s and Private Pre-K classes from (8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
Private Pre-K – One in Christ curriculum
Two GA Pre-K classes – curriculum follows the GELDS, Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards.
Extended and After School Programs
Both programs are offered 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
Extended care is provided for all GA Pre-K students needing care after the program ends.
Our Goals & Missions
One in Christ Curriculum is used in connection with the Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards (GELDS) to help provide your child with an individualized learning experience. The One in Christ Curriculum for Preschoolers offers a wide variety of ways to teach children in the learning process, while enabling them to develop confidence, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
It is our goal here at Open Arms to see that all our teachers can be confident that they are meeting important early learning milestones; on a daily basis, while bringing their own creativity and knowledge into the daily planning process.
It is our mission to have learning come in all forms through our many rich and diverse activities; some areas of concentration include but are not limited to:
- Circle time
- Large and Small group activities
- Cooking projects
- Art and Outdoors exploration
By using these teaching strategies and adhering to the established guidelines children should thrive and develop lifelong skills that will help them to navigate through their educational careers.
One in Christ is a Christ centered curriculum that was developed based on experts in the child development area. These experts include Vygotsky, Erikson, Piaget Kohlberg, Maslow, Gardner, and Bronfenbrenner. With this curriculum children are given the opportunity to explore God’s world while developing skills such as math and science, language development and listening skills and creative artistic development. Even snack is incorporated as a fun learning tool to help with a child’s developmental process. We look forward to watching your child learn and grow through this program.
Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards
The GELDS promote a quality learning experience for children and address the question, “What should children from birth to age five know and be able to do?”
The GELDS are a set of achievable standards that are flexible enough to support children’s individual development, approaches to learning, and cultural context. These standards consist of a range of skills, behaviors, and concepts that children develop as they grow; and are used to ensure that the guidelines set forth by Bright from the Start (The state regulatory agency for childcare) are achieved. Our goal is to exceed the standard. These standards will also help guide you as the parent in supporting your children’s growth, development, and learning potential as well as support the early identification and referral of children with special learning needs.
The domains that the GELDS encompass are Physical Development and Motor Skills, Social and Emotional Development, Approaches to Play and Learning, Communication Language and Literacy and Cognitive Development and General Knowledge.
The staff at Open Arms strive every day to create an environment that fosters, love, security and the challenges needed for each child to reach their full potential.