Precious Lambs Early Learning Center was established in 1997 by Gethsemane Lutheran Church as a way to share the message of Jesus with children and families in Raleigh, while also providing an excellent education and a nurturing environment for young children. There were very few Christian preschool programs that offered extended care hours for preschoolers with parents working out of the home, so it was decided that we would fill that need, and provide extended care along with a preschool education.
Many years later, we are blessed to be able to continue to offer excellent education, extended care, and the message of Jesus to the children and families of Raleigh. We are fortunate to be supported in part by Gethsemane Lutheran Church. This allows us to employ teachers with further education in Early Childhood and Elementary Ed., provide an excellent program, and still keep tuition at a reasonable rate for parents.
We currently offer limited part-time (2 or 3 full days) enrollment and full-time (M-F, open from 7 am- 6pm) enrollment for children ages 3-5. We also will soon be opening an Infant – 2 year old program when our new building is complete (August/September 2018)! We would love for you to join our family!
We know that your child is your most precious gift. We also know that God has given you, the parent, the responsibility with a promise – to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it,” (Proverbs 22:6). We believe that the best atmosphere for learning is one in which collaboration between home and school is strong. It would be an honor to partner with you for your child’s growth. Working with us, you will find a close-knit community for children to learn and grow in so many ways:
The children learn of their Savior and his deep love for them as it is integrated throughout the curriculum and their interactions with their teachers and each other.
A child’s social and emotional skills are a very important part of the foundation needed for learning and growth. We work with all of the children to develop and grow these skills throughout their years at Precious Lambs. Through stable routines, a Christian example, and gentle, consistent guidance, the children learn focus and self-control, perspective taking, effective communication, and confidence to take on challenges. The loving, Christian care creates an atmosphere that also fosters helpfulness, generosity and caring.
Our carefully planned and stimulating learning centers help the children to engage in self-directed learning every day. Our teachers guide learning by being facilitators for children’s discoveries, experiences and questions. The teachers also plan studies based on the Creative Curriculum, which include a daily circle time, activities, investigations and projects, all designed to foster pre-reading and writing skills, mathematics, social studies, science and much more!
We use the North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development (which has been aligned with the Common Core to ensure a smooth transition into Kindergarten programs) to guide assessments. We hold parent-teacher conferences twice per year for parents and teachers to collaborate on the child’s learning.
Our relationships with the children are built on Christian love, trust and respect which provides the ideal environment for learning to take care of their bodies through healthy eating, exercise and cleanliness. USDA approved snacks and hot lunches through the CACFP (Child and Adult Care Food Program) are provided daily, as well as two hours of outside time and large motor activities.