Learning is fun at Hope! Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on, play-oriented learning. We welcome children ages four months to five years for a 2-Day or 3-Day weekly program. Our teachers encourage children to learn by doing. In the infant classes, babies learn to separate from their parents and have their first social interactions. The toddlers become better at sharing and are exposed to art and literature. Beginning with our two-year-old class, monthly units expose children to a variety of materials related to a theme. Specific goals and curriculum are established for each age group.
We provide a clean, safe facility where your child can learn from a wealth of materials while also having fun and acting like a kid. Our varied curriculum provides many different kinds of experiences for your child in order to promote physical, social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development. We offer plenty of time for your child to try new things and learn at his or her own pace. We also keep child/teacher ratios low so teachers can offer individualized attention. Parents can download our Parent Handbook here!
Class offerings for 2016-17
Class hours: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. September through May
Infants - Must be four months old by August 15, 2016. 2 days each week: Tuesday and Thursday.
Toddlers - Must have turned one by August 15, 2016. 3 days each week Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or 2 days each week Tuesday and Thursday (Children may attend 2 or 3 days).
Twos - Must have turned two by August 15, 2016. 3 days each week Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or 2 days each week Tuesday and Thursday (Children may attend 2 or 3 days).
Threes - Must have turned three by August 15, 2016. 3 days each week Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or 2 days each week Tuesday and Thursday (Children may attend 2 or 3 days).
Fours - Must have turned four by August 15, 2016. 3 days each week Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or 2 days each week Tuesday and Thursday (Children may attend 2 or 3 days).
Transition Class - Must have turned five by August 15, 2016. 3 days each week Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Hope’s transitional class is a program specifically designed to meet the needs of students who have completed a four year old program, yet are not quite ready for kindergarten. These children may have a late birthday that exceeds school cutoff or may need another year for social, emotional, intellectual or physical growth. The day is organized like a regular kindergarten class, but expands creative exploration to help the children develop confidence socially and academically. Due to the unique nature of this classroom, the teacher is able to develop more individualized plans based on each child’s ability. A personalized curriculum allows each child to move forward at their own pace fostering the confidence needed to succeed in kindergarten.
We are committed to maintaining teacher/child ratios of not more than:
Infants: 1 teacher to 3.5 students (max class size: 7)
Toddlers: 1 teacher to 5.5 students (max class size: 11)
Twos: 1 teacher to 6 students (max class size: 12)
Threes: 1 teacher to 8 students (max class size: 16)
Fours: 1 teacher to 9 students (max class size: 18)
Transition: 1 teacher to 9 students (max class size: 18)
Infants attending 2 days each week- $195 for the month
Children attending 2 days each week-$185 for the month
Children attending 3 day each week-$270 for the month
Registration Takes place annually for each school year. We start enrollment in February for fall classes. At the time of registration, we ask that you pay a registration fee of $55.00 per child or $80.00 per family. This fee is non-refundable. Activity Fee There is a one-time activity fee of $50.00 per child. This fee will be included with the first month’s tuition, due on July 1, 2015.
Contact or take a Tour
If you have any questions about the Preschool, please call the Preschool front desk at 901-844-4673, or email Janie Brooks, Hope Preschool Director. You are welcome to request a tour to see the program first-hand.
Licensing and Accreditation
Hope Preschool follows the guidelines of National Association for the Education of Young Children and the licensing requirements of the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
August 25 • Welcome Hour Visits
August 30 • First Day of Preschool
September 16 • Shelby County In-Service Day (Preschool Closed)
October 11-14 • Fall Break (Preschool Closed)
November 11 • Veterans Day (Preschool Closed)
November 22-25 • Thanksgiving Break (Preschool Closed)
December 16-January 2 • Christmas Break (Classes resume on January 3)
February 10 • Shelby County In-Service Day (Preschool Closed)
March 13-17 • Spring Break (Preschool Closed)
Good Friday • April 14 (Preschool Closed)
May 25 • Last Day of Preschool