We are admonished to teach the words of Holy Script "diligently unto thy children," and to "train up a child in the way he should go" (Matthew 6:33, Deuteronomy 6:7, and Proverbs 22:6, KJV).
The North American Division has 5,437 children enrolled in pre-kindergarten classrooms, preschools and centers, with 960 teachers. The majority of those children are in age-appropriate programs.
Pre-kindergarten classrooms are part of our school programs and service children who are 4 years-old by the state cut-off entrance date for kindergarten. Preschool enrollment is comprised of children 2½ to 5 years-old, while center enrollment is comprised of children 6 weeks to 5 years-old. Our programs help foster spiritual, social, and emotional development which will eventually form the basis of their lifelong journey. Therefore, we need to take advantage of the early years to ensure that children have a strong foundation for future development.
The family and home environment are critical to the early development of the young child. However, quality early childhood education programs outside the home are also important in providing children with the basic cognitive and language skills they need to flourish in formal schooling. A considerable amount of cognitive development takes place before a child enters kindergarten. Healthy development in the early years provides the building blocks for educational achievement.
To provide young children with Christ-centered, developmentally-appropriate experiences in safe, nurturing environments that are aligned with the beliefs and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.