May 29, 2020

Joshua Early Childhood Center is reopening in July, and we have a super sensational summer camp planned with some exciting themes! This year, we have a playful and innovative line up for our Joshua Academy summer camp. From fairy tales to adventures with animals we’ll be playing, digging into academics, and having a whole lot of fun. 

We have five weeks of summer camp fun scheduled at Joshua Academy from July 6th-August 7th, 8:30-3:30pm. Check out the schedule and details below to learn more about who and what we’re learning about this summer!

Once Upon a Time - July 6th - July 10th 

Once upon a time there was a great adventure at Joshua Early Childhood Center. During this week of camp, our teachers will take students on a quest to discover more about fairy tales, the connections we can make with them, and what we have to learn from them. Guest readers will virtua...

February 17, 2020

At the Joshua Early Childhood Center we value connectedness, kindness, and the spreading of joy across our school. One of our founding philosophies at Joshua Early Childhood Center is to “be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” We take this seriously with each other, with our kids, and with our families. So, for Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be a great idea to delve more into what kindness means to us and our kids -- toddlers to preschoolers.

Fostering kindness and inclusion across classrooms is something we strive to do every day with our students and our teachers. Our early childhood teachers write “apples” to honor each other and share shout outs about things they’re grateful for. From being open-minded to jumping in and helping out without being asked, teachers write apples for each other for all kinds of things!

For our kids, kindness looks a little di...

September 26, 2019

Joshua Early Childhood Center has begun an art enrichment program this year. Our art curriculum is a developmental based program for children between 2.5-5 years old. Our method?

Process Art.

Process Art is focused on the process, not the product. There are no predetermined products. Instead, teachers provide the guidance, materials, and tools to be creative - the objective is to learn, not teach.  Our kiddos learn in, through, and about art by experiencing it

- "to become an artist by being one.

Students will learn problem solving skills, come up with their own answers, discover the cause and effect of their actions and gain confidence in their own choices. These experiences will promote their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development that will forever benefit them.  With our art enrichment program, we encourage our kids to think like artists, use their imagination...

July 12, 2019

Searching for the right preschool for your child can be overwhelming to say the least!  There are many options, especially in the Denver/Centennial, CO area.  So how do you know where to start and what to look for?

These 5 simple steps are just what you need before you make the leap to enroll your child into the best preschool for your family.

1. Start early

It is recommended to start a year a head of time.  Many preschools have a wait list, so starting early can help get you in right when you want to start.  But have no fear if you didn't plan ahead!  Call around to the preschools in your area and you'd be surprised that some may have immediate openings!  

2. Reach out to the locals

Sites such as Yelp and Nextdoor offer a great tool to hear straight from parents like you!  You can also ask a preschool to offer references and parent contact information and reac...

June 21, 2019

JECC is ready to start planning “Phase 1” of our ECHO (Early Childhood Health Outdoors)  Preschool Playground Project! As many of you have heard in the past year, JECC is among the first group of preschool programs in Colorado to be an ECHO Seed Grant Site. Over 50 different early childhood centers around Colorado applied and only 25 were selected to transform, improve and naturalize their outdoor learning environments.

We are so excited to finally break ground on this initiative and we want to keep our community in the loop. Once JECC is back in full swing for the 2019-2020 school year, we will be holding a community engagement breakfast to share our long term plans and start generating ideas around how you all can help make this dream a reality!

Our amazing partners at ECHO have provided us with an Illustrative Plan and a step by step Action Plan that outlines the first objec...

May 1, 2019

Watching preschoolers pretend to run a bakery, play house or get help in a doctor's office is endearing to watch, but did you know pretend play is a critical activity to a child's development? The dramatic play center in the preschool classroom is a crucial area to practice language, literacy, problem solving and fine motor skills!

Our teachers at Joshua Early Childhood Center have been putting in a lot of creative energy to make their dramatic play centers engaging and dynamic! So far this year, the classrooms have done a bakery, veterinarian clinic, grocery store, doctor's office and a garden center!

Check out Not Just Cute's blog post to learn more about the importance of pretend play and ways to incorporate it in the home! 

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is re...

April 2, 2019

Today marks World Autism Day and April is Autism Awareness Month.  About half of the children at Joshua Early Childhood Center have an autism diagnosis.  We celebrate and value these individuals and their families each and every day!

Please take a minute to listen to Wendy Miller, a JECC mother, speak about her son and how autism has impacted their family. 

"...I would  like to close by saying that autism is not easy.  Johnny has severe autism, and Nate and I plan on taking care of him for the rest of our lives. Our wish, just like any parent, is that Johnny can have the best quality of life  possible. He deserves to learn and grow as an individual, discover new interests, and enjoy his life..."   

 Beautifully said and we couldn't agree more, Wendy! 

And today, JECC wore blue in honor of these individuals with autism and their families.  

A...

August 16, 2018

We are celebrating many things this week at Joshua Early Childhood Center("JECC")! Our Joshua Academy("JA") preschool program started up this week, as their 5 week camp program came to an end last Friday. We're so grateful for the many new faces that have decided to join our unique community!

Recently, we've started a new morning routine. This routine incorporates many of our philosophies and has brought our mission to life.  Each morning, we bring a JA student outside to be a "greeter" as our Joshua Early Intervention ("JEI") children walk in the front door to start their day. 

  

Most of our JEI kiddos are working on increasing their social skills.  It's common to find us focusing on things like:

*Playing alongside a friend

*Playing cooperatively

*Taking turns 

*Having a conversation

*Responding to a friend's request

   .....the sky's the limit!...

June 15, 2018

Joshua Early Childhood Center was recently awarded a grant from Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) to improve our outdoor learning space.

JECC is among the first group of preschool programs in Colorado to be an Echo Seed Grant Site. Over 50 different early childhood centers around Colorado applied and only 25 were selected. We are very proud and appreciative to have been chosen!

Today, a team from JECC attended a workshop with ECHO to plan and come up with a beautiful and engaging space that all of our students are going to love! Final plans include more greenery and vegetation, walking paths with different sensory materials, a deck/stage for performances or art-making, obstacle courses made out of low balance beams and tree logs, music walls made from recyclables... the list goes on. ECHO will be drawing up our vision and action steps will be creat...

May 11, 2018

No matter how it is said,

we sure LOVE our moms!  

From all of us at JECC,

Happy Mother's Day! 

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