By Terry D. Wright
For the Daily Call
PIQUA — Family Fun Night, the first of what will be an annual event, was held Aug. 8 as a free and open to the public experience in an effort to acquaint families, students and friends about the educational opportunities offered at the Piqua Catholic’s Center for Early Learning campus at 218 S. Downing St.
“The event was held from 6:30 pm until 8 p.m. and included such activities as Yarn Maze, Crafts, Recycling projects, snacks and face painting by Amy Grover,” said Jennifer R. Smith, director of The Center for Early Learning at Piqua Catholic who, along with her teaching staff, greeted parents and students as they filed in for an evening of enjoyment and introduction of the children to their new learning environment.
“This is an open house, but with lots of fun added. We hope to make this an annual back to school event for the children of the Piqua community and beyond,” Smith said. Although there is currently a short waiting list on the Pre-K students’ list, Smith said that she expects that to quickly dissipate as the six staff members energetically begin the new school year. “There is no enrollment cut-off date,” said Smith and there is still time to call or visit the school for information or a tour.
The philosophy of the center is to educate the whole child through experiences that will help each child grow spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically. The programs are academic in focus, and not simply a childcare setting. The goal is to equip each child with everything he or she needs to successfully transition into kindergarten. The center will be a safe and nurturing environment where Godly character and Christian values are promoted. As children absorb good habits early, the center firmly believes that a values-driven environment during child’s early education and beyond is vital. The center’s educators will instill a life-long love of learning and create a strong foundation in the heart and mind of each child.
The Center for Early learning offers a variety of programs: Preschool (3 and 4 year olds) 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 9-11:30 a.m. Thursday and Friday; Pre-Kindergarten (4 and 5 year olds) 9-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; Full Day Options (3-5 year olds) 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday (Lunch Bunch included); Lunch Bunch daily from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ($3 fee applies); and Extended Day Program 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. More information can
be obtained by calling 773-3876 or from the center’s website at www.thecenterforearlylearning.org,