Early Childhood Education

It has been shown that ECE can be a major input into a child's formal education. A number of studies link ECE to increases in school readiness for primary school, and it has been shown that school readiness is an important predictor of early school achievement (Forget-Dubois et al 2007).

James Heckman, Nobel laureate in economics from the University of Chicago, "We cannot afford to postpone investing in children until they become adults, nor can we wait until they reach school age—a time when it may be too late to intervene. Learning is a dynamic process and is most effective when it begins at a young age and continues through to adulthood." (Heckman 2000, pg. 50)

The data has shown that a high quality preschool program centered on the developmental needs of children will have long term benefits for children. Redeemer’s early childhood programs are designed to meet the following goals:

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  • Christ–centered learning
  • Safe environment
  • Highly qualified teachers
  • Curriculum designed to meet state ECE standards
  • Parental involvement

We have ECE programs for children from 18 mos. through 5 years of age.

Tuition-based Preschool Classes

The following classes have tuition and fees associated. Application and enrollment is handled entirely online; go to our admissions page for the tuition information and enrollment link.

  • Parents & TOTS – this class meets once or twice a week in the morning for 90 minutes at our Oakmont campus. The classes meet for two 10 week sessions each year. Parents can choose to attend one day or two, and one session or both. Parents stay with their children and engage in learning together through play.
  • Preschool Threes – children must be 3 by December 31 and potty trained. This class meets twice a week for 2 ½ hours at our Oakmont campus. Children learn social skills, as well as prereading and math skills through play in a well-equipped classroom. Teacher Website
  • Preschool Fours – children must be 4 by December 31 and toilet-trained. This class meets three mornings a week for 2 ½ hours at our Oakmont campus. Lessons are planned for further development of reading and math skills, preparing children for a smooth transition into kindergarten. Teacher Website
  • Preschool Fours/Fives – This class meets five times a week for 2 ½ hours at our Oakmont campus. Children in this class have attended at least one year of preschool, and are ready for enriched learning experiences. Teacher Website
  • Full Day Preschool (new for 2018-2019) - This class meets five days per week for 6 hours at our Oakmont campus. Children must be at least 3 years old by September 1st. Teacher Website

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Free Preschool Classes

  • NOTE: Classes are full as of 4/23/18; please contact our office to be placed on a waiting list.

The remaining two class options are daily preschool classes; they are operated under the state-funded "PreK Counts" program. These classes are offered at no cost to families who qualify. Tuition is covered by a state grant; families must submit applications with complete financial information in order to be considered. Children must be 3 or 4 years of age by September 1st in order to apply. Daily attendance is required. Details for each class are listed below.

  • Full Day PreK Counts, Oakmont – This is a state funded preschool class for 3’s and 4’s that meets five times a week for 6 hours. Daily attendance is required for this class. Children must be 3 or 4 by September 1, and families must meet income requirements. Enrollment for this class is handled by paper application; see document below. Teacher Website
  • Full Day PreK Counts, Penn Hills – This is a state funded preschool class for 3’s and 4’s that meets five times a week for 6 hours at the Penn Hills Campus. Daily attendance is required for this class. Children must be 3 or 4 by September 1, and families must meet income requirements. Enrollment for this class is handled by paper application; see document below. Teacher Website

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