For two-year-olds: 2 day or 3 day (ESL only)
For three-year-olds: 2 day, 3 day or 4 day
For four-year-olds: 3 day, 4 day or 5 day
For all ages: additional Thursday class
For all 2, 3 and 4 day classes, child must be the appropriate age by September 30th. For pre-k class, child must be 5 by April 30th of the coming year.
Co-op offers parents and other caretakers who play a significant role in a child’s life (grandparents, nannies, etc.) to be an active part of their preschooler’s learning experience. In co-op classes, parents sign up using an online calendar. Each parent is responsible for co-oping about one time per month (up to ten times per school year). The co-op assists the teacher throughout the morning but is not responsible for any preparation outside of the classroom.
All co-op workers must complete a background check and have a signed authorization form from a medical professional.
For more details on how co-op works, check out our co-op page.
Do I have to be a church member to attend AGAPE?
No. While AGAPE is a ministry of Gayton Baptist Church, enrollment is open to the community. There is no discount or preference given to church members.
At AGAPE, all classrooms are designated peanut and tree nut-free. Children are asked to bring snacks that do not contain these common allergens. Classroom teachers are also trained in Epi-Pen administration. Other allergies of food sensitivities are something many of our students experience, and we do our best to avoid ingredients which may be dangerous to your child. However, because we share our facility with many groups, we cannot guarantee that there will be no trace amounts of allergens on surfaces in classrooms.
If your child has a food allergy, it is best to make an appointment to discuss the severity and sensitivity of the situation with the director and make an informed decision together.
ESL is English as a Second Language. Two- and three-year-old students who speak a primary language other than English in the home will be interviewed by the director before being in a class. Objective criteria is used to determine whether a child will be offered a space in an ESL or a non-ESL class.
For students who will learn English at preschool, we offer classes with an aide (rather than co-op) so that English can be modeled for the students by the teaching staff. Classroom curriculum includes elements designed to help children learn to speak and understand English. The cost for the ESL class is slightly higher than the non-ESL class because there are two teachers, however, there is no co-op requirement or substitute fee.
Our goal is that every child who begins at AGAPE in an ESL class is prepared for a non-ESL class the following year.
What are your classroom ratios?
Each class at AGAPE has a lead teacher and an aide or a co-op assistant each day. Our maximum class size varies by age: 2-year-olds – 8 students, 3-year-olds – 10 students, 4-year-olds – 12 students, 5-year-olds – 14 students.
Does my child need to be potty trained?
No. AGAPE staff will work with you when it is time for your child to be potty trained, and will change diapers until that time.
All teachers at AGAPE have either a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent amount of classroom experience. Pre-k teachers have teaching degrees.
What is the difference between pre-k and other 4-year-old classes?
The main differences are that pre-k classes have an aide, the minimum age requirement is higher and the class is taught by a teacher and an aide (rather than co-op). For parents whose children are older fours or fives at the start of the school year, pre-k offers a preschool experience that is more similar to kindergarten than other classes, as classes meet every day and parents are not in the classroom regularly (although they are welcome to come for special events!).
All four-year-old classes prepare children for the potential to enter kindergarten the following year by focusing on the age-appropriate academic, social, emotional and spiritual development of the children. Some children move directly from a 3 or 4 day class to kindergarten, some attend pre-k as fours or for an additional year after a 3 or 4 day class.