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Christ Church
Episcopal Preschool

Let Your Light Shine - Matthew 5:16


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Welcome to Christ Church Episcopal Preschool


Welcome to Christ Church Episcopal Preschool! We are an active ministry of Christ Church Episcopal, and our mission is to provide a developmentally appropriate Christian program for children in our community. Our preschool will offer a safe, loving, and nurturing environment with low student to teacher ratios. Additionally, we will endeavor to instill in your child a life-long love of learning while assisting you in laying the foundation of your child’s Christian values.”

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Our Approach to Early Childhood Education

Our theme-based curriculum introduces developmentally appropriate preschool skills such as letter, letter sounds, and number recognition using a multi-sensory approach. Our program offers a balance of free centers, creative art, dramatic play, physical movement and recreation, story times, and music, within both small group and whole class experiences. The curriculum includes free and directed exploration to encourage and develop a love of life-long learning. Chapel is a part of our weekly schedule and parents are invited and encouraged to share this part of the preschool experience with their child.

Nurture

Nurture

  • Free Exploration and Play
  • Creativity
  • Child-Directed Activities

Nurture

Develop

Develop

  • Curiosity
  • Social-Emotional Growth
  • Fine and Gross Motor Development

Develop

Enrich

Enrich

  • Love of Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Extended Activities

Enrich

Programs

2-Day Two-Year Old

Meets Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday and Friday (9am to 12 noon). Must be 2 by 12/31/17. Children do not need to be potty trained.

3-Day Three-Year Old

Meets Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9am to 12 noon). Must be 3 by 12/31/17. Children must be fully potty trained.

4-Day Four-Year Old

Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9am to 12 noon). Must be 4 by 12/31/17.

4- and 5-Day Pre-K

4-Day: Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (9am to 12 noon). Must be 4 by 9/30/17.
5-Day: Meets Monday to Friday (9am to 12 noon). Must be 4 by 9/30/17.

Enrichment Programs


On and off campus field trips are included in our program. Programs include; Henrico County Police ("Stranger Danger" for 4-year olds, Bike Safety- all students), Henrico County Fire Department, Fall Festival, Halloween Parade, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Maymont, Dental Hygienist, Bus Safety Awareness for rising prekindergarten's, Native American visitor, Henrico County Bookmobile, and our year end pizza party and performer.


PUPPET PALS

The alphabet come alive for our three-year olds, using puppets and songs to introduce the letters and sounds of the alphabet. We believe children learn best through song and play!

HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS

The Handwriting Without Tears teaches children how to build and write uppercase letters using a hands-on, multi-sensory approach. Children are also introduced to lower case letters. This program creates an optimal learning experience for the preschool child!

PHONEMIC AWARENESS

The PreK classes are developing an auditory discrimination, an awareness of how letters and words are used in language. The children are learning to identify rhyming words, beginning, middle, and ending sounds, words that include the same sound, matching sounds to letters of the alphabet, by using interactive activities and lively and silly songs. An engaging and fun way to teach developmentally appropriate pre-reading skills!

MATH THEIR WAY

Math Their Way is an activity centered early childhood and elementary math program. The curriculum uses concrete materials, helping children gain a better understanding of mathematical patterns. Children are actively learning through fun and exploration.

CHAPEL

Chapel is attended weekly by our students in the church sanctuary. Each class is designed to introduce spiritual awareness at the preschool level. The children learn about God's unconditional love through songs and prayers. "Let Your Light Shine" - Matthew 5:16.

MUSIC/MOVEMENT

Organized music and movement class is attended weekly for 25 minutes. Preschoolers develop an appreciation of music through singing, creative movement, and rhythm instruments. Musical performances are held at Christmas and in the spring.

EARLY CHILDHOOD SCREENINGS

ASQ

All 2 year old children are screened annually using the ASQ scientific-based questionnaire.

P.A.L.S. PreK

(Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) PALS is a measure of the young child's knowledge of important emergent literacy fundamentals. Four year old children are screened in the fall. The results obtained helps to guide the teacher’s instruction throughout the year. Children are screened again in the spring.

Speech and Hearing Screening

All 3 year old children are screened annually by the Scottish Rite Language Center Speech and Language Pathologists.

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

Lunch Bunch

Lunch Bunch is offered to 3-year old and PreK classes. Lunch Bunch is offered every Thursday from 12:00-1:30. Children bring their lunch. Additional fee required.

Lunch and Learn

Lunch Bunch is offered to 4-year old and PreK classes. Enrichment classes are taught in addition to our regular morning program. Classes are held on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays and are offered if the class meets the enrollment requirements. Previous classes offered have been "Sensational Science," "In the Kitchen," "Messy Masterpieces," and "Wiggle, Giggle and More." All classes are staffed with CCEP teachers. Lunch and Learn classes will be offered to our 3-year olds beginning in February. Additional fee required.

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Testimonials

Read some testimonials from our amazing families
Testimonial

As I sit here and type this, tears are forming. There are no words to describe my appreciation for what my children were able to experience this year at your school. They have a love and joy for school because of the loving environment you and the teachers have created. My child has done so much better than anything I had expected.

Testimonial

Raising six children, living in different states, attending many different private and public schools; I have never seen or experience a place like CCEP. I am able to see the joy on the twins' faces when they come to school each morning. Today my husband got to witness them in their classroom. He called me right after and was overjoyed with his morning there with them. He saw what I see every morning. We are both so thankful to have found CCEP for them!

Testimonial

I think the parent-school communication is great. I love all the opportunities for events and parent volunteers. I wish I could help more!

My child has learned a lot through this program and sings a song she made up about having 'God in her forever' that she learned this year.

Frequently Asked Questions

2017-2018 school year. Registration closes for current families on January 3, 2017; opens for church members on January 4, 2017; and to the general public on January 11, 2017. Early applications are currently being accepted. Places are not guaranteed until we have placed all of our current and church families on January 11, 2017 and a security deposit is received.We require a $100.00 registration fee at the time of registration. The application is processed and then parents are notified within one week if a position is available. A $300.00 deposit is required before we guarantee a position for your child in Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. This deposit is applied towards the tuition payment.
No. We accept children of all faiths.
Yes. We welcome all children if we are able to serve their needs. We will evaluate your child and determine: 1. If we can meet their needs and 2. If we believe they will be successful in our preschool program. If both criteria are successfully met, we will enroll these children.
Children in our 2 year old class do not need to be potty trained. Children in our 3-year-PreK classes must be fully trained.
We have two teachers in every classroom, with the exception of 3 teachers in the two- year old classroom. Our teachers are very qualified. We search for teachers with teaching experience and/or college degrees.

Two year old teacher:
  • Licensed to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Two years teaching experience
Three year old teacher:
  • Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology. Eight years teaching experience
  • Sixteen years experience teaching three year olds with a BS in Home Economics
  • Master of Arts in Teaching. Eight years teaching experience
Four year old teacher:
  • Fourteen years preschool teaching experience
  • Fourteen years teaching experience. Licensed ED, MR, LD
PreK teacher:
  • PreK 4 day: Master of Arts in Education, Curriculum and Instruction. B.S. in Family and Child Development. Ten years teaching experience
  • PreK 5 day: Major: Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Development-Early Childhood Education. Twenty three years teaching experience
Our goal is to guide the children towards self-control. Our teachers are familiar with ages and expected developmental behaviors for each child. When necessary, we will redirect a child or offer realistic choices so that the child feels in control and responds favorably. Our staff models behavior and uses positive reinforcement. If necessary, we will remove a child from a problem situation and allow for a cooling off period. We will immediately remove a child from a situation if they are at risk for harming themselves or another child.
We are a church exempt preschool. We must adhere to guidelines set by Social Services.

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Testimonial

Cheri graduated from Purdue University with a major in elementary education and a minor in physical education. This is Cheri's 12th year at CCEP and her 22nd year of working with preschool-aged children. This is her true passion and she enjoys the children’s enthusiasm as well as the opportunity to nurture and prepare them for elementary school. Cheri is most excited about developing a relationship with the families she is honored to serve. As director, her vision is to create a curriculum where children enjoy a Christian environment using a multi-sensory approach that encourages them to explore the world that surrounds them. On the home front, Cheri is married with three daughters and enjoys reading, time at the beach and snow skiing.

Cheri ErkPreschool Executive Director

The staff at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool

We are creative and loving professionals who love our jobs
Mrs. Dagmar Carlsen

Mrs. Dagmar Carlsen

Dagmar holds a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Studies from the University of Richmond and is licensed to teach in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She graduated from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo, with a major in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Dagmar previously taught preschool for two years before joining CCEP in 2017.

Mrs. Dagmar Carlsen

Two Year Old Teacher
Mrs. Leigh Ann Klosky

Mrs. Leigh Ann Klosky

Leigh Ann is in her sixth year at CCEP. She has her master's degree in teaching, coupled with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and management. She brings to the classroom 14 years of experience working with preschool and elementary-aged students, and 12 years of an auditing career before staying home to raise her family of three children.

Mrs. Leigh Ann Klosky

Two Year Old Asst Teacher
Mrs. Kristy Anderson

Mrs. Kristy Anderson

Now in her 3rd year, Kristy brings 3 years of prior experience in the early childhood classroom to Christ Church Preschool. Kristy enjoys creating an environment that inspires children and fosters a love of learning. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in family and community service, with a minor in psychology from the University of Delaware. Kristy is married with 2 children.

Mrs. Kristy Anderson

Two Year Old Asst Teacher
Mrs. Barbara Young

Mrs. Barbara Young

Barbara graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in food science and technology. She is in her eighth year at CCEP and third year as a lead teacher. Barbara enjoys working with preschool children and teaching them to become confident, comfortable and independent learners in the classroom setting. Barbara is married with two children.

Mrs. Barbara Young

3's Lead Teacher
Mrs. Meaghan Belair

Mrs. Meaghan Belair

Meaghan is in her first year at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. She is most excited about working with the preschool aged child, nurturing their curiosity and creativity, and helping shape their lives for the future. Meaghan graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in Art History, is married and mother of two children.

Mrs. Meaghan Belair

3's Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Jennifer Gertz

Mrs. Jennifer Gertz

Jennifer brings 16 years of teaching experience to the three-year-old classroom. She is in her 10th year at CCEP and in her seventh year as a lead teacher. Jennifer graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in tourism, food and lodging. Jennifer is a true "child at heart" and understands the importance of teaching children through song and play.

Mrs. Jennifer Gertz

Three Year Old Lead Teacher
Mrs. Renee Sasser

Mrs. Renee Sasser

Renee graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and sociology. Her goal is to nurture our three year olds while teaching independence and building self confidence in the early preschool years. Renee is in her ninth year at CCEP. She teaches Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and is on the board of children’s ministries at her church.

Mrs. Renee Sasser

3's Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Julie Rajappa

Mrs. Julie Rajappa

Julie has a master's degree in teaching from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. Now in her forth year at CCEP, Julie brings seven years of prior teaching experience to the classroom. She is excited to provide a nurturing, dynamic, and fun environment for her young learners that will spark their interest in new concepts.

Mrs. Julie Rajappa

3's Lead Teacher
Mrs. Kathy Bixler

Mrs. Kathy Bixler

Kathy is in her forth year at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. She has a bachelor's degree in social work from James Madison University and a master's degree in social work from VCU. She worked for seven years as a social worker and has five years of teaching experience in the preschool setting.

Mrs. Kathy Bixler

3's Asst Teacher
Mrs. Debby Barney

Mrs. Debby Barney

Debby is in her tenth year at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. Prior to her role as our lead 4-year old teacher, Debby was our lead PreK teacher for seven years, assisted in the 4-year-old classroom for two years. She graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood development.

Mrs. Debby Barney

4's Lead Teacher
Mrs. Jackie Mitchell

Mrs. Jackie Mitchell

Now in her 12th year as an assistant teacher at CCEP, Jackie brings a wealth of more than 18 years of experience in the education field to the classroom. Prior to staying home to raise her three children, Jackie worked at the Northern Virginia Training Center for the Mentally Retarded for six years. Jackie enjoys watching her children grow and become independent learners in the classroom.

Mrs. Jackie Mitchell

4's Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Kristen Coyle

Mrs. Kristen Coyle

Kristin graduated from James Madison University and brings 14 years of classroom teaching experience to CCEP. This is her fifth year at CCEP. Kristin served as lead PreK 5-Day teacher for two years and opened our newest four-year-old class in 2015-16. Previously, she spent four years in a preschool disability classroom working with children as a special education teacher.

Mrs. Kristen Coyle

4's Lead Teacher
Mrs. Angie Fairman

Mrs. Angie Fairman

Angie graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Advertising and a minor in Business/Liberal Arts. She brings much joy and energy to our 4-year old class. She understands the value of children learning through hands-on play and truly enjoys working with the preschool aged child. Angie is married and a mother of two children.

Mrs. Angie Fairman

4's Assistant Teacher
Mrs. Beth Riviello

Mrs. Beth Riviello

Beth graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in family and child development and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction. Prior to CCEP, she had six years of experience as a first- and second-grade teacher. Currently, she is in her third year as our 4-Day PreK lead teacher and previously served the school as president of the Christ Church Episcopal Preschool Board.

Mrs. Beth Riviello

PreK Lead Teacher, 4-Day
Mrs. Suzi Fatigante

Mrs. Suzi Fatigante

Suzi graduated from University of Nebraska with a BS in Broadcast Journalism/Sports Communication. Suzi brings a sense of calmness to the preschool classroom and is passionate about working with the PreK child. She is in her third year at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. Suzi is married with three children.

Mrs. Suzi Fatigante

PreK Asst Teacher, 4-Day
Mrs. Laurie Blankenship

Mrs. Laurie Blankenship

Laurie, a 2011 Gilman Teacher of the Year award winner, graduated from Virginia Tech and brings over 23 years of teaching experience to Christ Church Episcopal Preschool This is her third year as our lead PreK 5-Day teacher. Laurie is dedicated to creating a stimulating, hands-on learning environment and helping provide children with a solid educational foundation.

Mrs. Laurie Blankenship

PreK Lead Teacher, 5-Day
Mrs. Melissa Haggai

Mrs. Melissa Haggai

Melissa graduated from Fairmont State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences, with a specialization in child development. She is in her forth year at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool and is the mother of three children. Melissa brings positive energy to the classroom, and loves working with preschool-aged children.

Mrs. Melissa Haggai

PreK Asst Teacher, 5-Day
Mrs. Jen Harper

Mrs. Jen Harper

Jen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal studies and a Master of Science in special education from Longwood College. She taught in the public school setting for eight years before taking time off to devote to her three children. Currently, Jen is beginning her third year as office assistant at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool.

Mrs. Jen Harper

Office Assistant
Mrs. Carie Kuzemchak

Mrs. Carie Kuzemchak

Carie graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in accounting and finance and is in her 11th year at CCEP.  She spent 10 years in corporate accounting before joining Christ Church Preschool. Carie and her family are parishioners of Christ Church.

Mrs. Carie Kuzemchak

Bookeeper
Mr. Jimmy Hanks

Mr. Jimmy Hanks

Jimmy has been sexton at Christ Church Episcopal for 12 years.  He maintains the preschool in addition to the church building and grounds and keeps things running smoothly. He is a willing helper and a knowledgeable jack of all trades.

Mr. Jimmy Hanks

Sexton
Mrs. Jenny Glover

Mrs. Jenny Glover

Jenny is in her second year at Christ Church Episcopal Preschool. She graduated with a B.A. is Music Education from VCU. Jenny brings three years of teaching experience to our program. She exposes our children to different styles of music, the art of singing, technical musical concepts, and most importantly, a love of working with the early childhood child!

Mrs. Jenny Glover

Music Teacher

Ways to Give Back


Christ Church is committed to being the heart and hands of Jesus. Christ Church Episcopal works closely with the following organizations: CARITAS, Hope for Humanity, The Micah Initiative, The Sophie House, Rebuilding Together, FeedMore, Rise Against Hunger, CrossOver Heatlcare Ministry, Episcopal Relief & Development, and Blood Drives.

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