Great Escape: LUMC's Pre-School Program
Littleton United Methodist Church offers a Parent's Day Out Program four days a week and Preschool Program (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday). This program began over 20 years ago as a babysitting service for members of the church. Today, Great Escape served over 300 families of the church and surrounding communities. Great Escape provides a structured child care service in a safe, healthy, fun, Christian environment. Each day the children have music, craft, story, and learning times which are teacher directed. Children are encouraged to play independently and in groups during child directed times. Great Escape has two wonderful outdoor playgrounds which are safety certified. We also have access to a gymnasium when the weather prevents classes from going outside.
Great Escape is licensed by the Colorado Department of Social Services. We ensure that all parents fee comfortable spending the day away from their children.
Tamara Howard, Director of Great Escape
Check out our Great Escape Preschool Website! www.greatescapepreschool.com
Who May Attend?
Great Escape is available for any children between the ages of 12 months and walking independently through six years. The children are placed into seven different age groups. We provide care for approximately 360 children each week.
Where Is Great Escape?
We have seven beautiful rooms on the lower level of Littleton United Methodist Church. Each room and all toys and equipment meet the requirements of Social Services for the age group which it accommodates. There are child-size bathrooms adjacent to all classrooms. A full renovation was completed in 1993.
When Do The Children Attend?
The Great Escape Program is open during the traditional school year (September - May) on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Children attend one,two, three, or four days each week from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Each child comes to Great Escape on the same day of the week for the entire school year. At the time of enrollment first and lasts month's tuition is due. Tuition for one day a week is $110/month; $220/month for 2days a week; $300/month for 3 days a week; $400/month for 4 days a week.
Children who are 3 years and older by September 15 may attend the Preschool Program. The Preschool runs Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A new 4-day per week option is now available. During the day the children will have circle time, centers, arts and crafts, music, story time and playground. The Preschool Program will focus on letters, numbers, shapes, patterns, and cutting. The children will learn social skills through free play and other activities. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held twice a year.
Our Philosophy & Goals
Great Escape stives to meet the individual child's spiritual, emotional, social, mental, and physical needs each day. The staff respects each child. We are sensitive to each child's interests, special needs, talents, and style of discovery and learning. We strive to provide a safe environment, which will foster the joy of learning and help develop each child's God-given potential.
All the teachers for Great Escape are Group Leader or Assistant Group Leader qualified. They provide activities for the children each day including arts and crafts projects, story times, gross motor activities, and free play choices. We have a music teacher who provides music and movement each day for all children. All teachers are First Aid/CPR qualified. The Great Escape staff models Christian values at all times!
Parents are a treasured and vital part of the Great Escape program! We encourage parents to help out in their child's classroom. We would like to give parents the opportunity to share in their child's day and get to know the teacher and other children better. Parents are responsible for supplying a nutrious snack, juice (not red or purple) or milk, and cups and napkins 4-5 times a year, per child.
Registration for Great Escape begins in February for the upcoming September. There is an annual $35 registration fee per child ($70/family). Families may register throughout the school year and be added to the wait lists. When a child leaves the program wait-listed families are moved into permanent positions in the program.