Programs & Curriculum
Our programs focus on social development and learning through play. Our main goal is to
educate the whole child: spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and socially. Each years class
builds on the previous years program in curriculum experiences and activities offered. The classrooms are set up to invite exploration and foster a life-long love of learning. Our staff is
committed to the young child and the importance of early childhood education.
Bethany preschool classes and KDO classes are theme-based and adhere to accreditation
guidelines established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Nebraska Department of Education standards. The teachers give thoughtful consideration each year based on students’ needs and level changes
Get Set for School: Our 4-5 and High 5 classes are using the curriculum Get Set for School.
This curriculum is a flexible, play-based and offers a full pre-writing program and materials that build critical skills like early math and literacy. It includes three programs designed to prepare children for school: Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy and Numbers & Math. Our teachers have been trained on the Get Set for School curriculum. For more information about this curriculum please visit their website at: https://www.lwtears.com/gss
Kids Day Out (KDO)
AM classes available daily 8:45am-11:30am
Extended Day Options on T & F until 2:30pm
The focus of this class is on social development and learning through play. Separating from parents, learning to take direction and being nurtured by people outside of the immediate family are important parts of early childhood. The building of trust and growing peer awareness are enhanced by a safe environment that provides a foundation for learning. There are two options for KDO. One is for children ages 18 months-3 years of age who are not fully potty trained. The other option is for children ages 3-6 who are potty trained and seeking an additional option.
Ratio: 1 teacher: 6 children
Morning classes available: MWF, TTH 8:45am-11:30am
Afternoon classes available: MWF 12:15-2:45pm
The focus of this class is to continue to encourage further socialization and reinforcing how a child’s choices affect their relationships and environment. This class fosters independence, creativity, cognitive growth and motor coordination. Children are introduced to letters, phonemic awareness, numbers, patterns, and curriculum.
Ratio: 1 teacher: 9 children
Morning classes available: MTWF, MWF 8:45am-11:30am
Afternoon classes available: MTWF, MWF 12:15-2:45pm
The focus of this class is to further support the development of social awareness, emotional intelligence, and Kindergarten readiness skills. Children develop their gross and fine motor skills by working in small and large groups. The Get Set for School curriculum offered is flexible, play-based and offers a full pre-writing program and materials that build critical skills like early math and literacy. It includes three programs designed to prepare children for school: Readiness & Writing, Language & Literacy and Numbers & Math.
Ratio: 1 teacher: 10 children
Morning classes available: M-F 8:45am-11:30am
This class is designed for children who have turned 5 by October 15. The intent of this class is to foster an additional Kindergarten readiness year. These children will build upon the Get Set for School Curriculum offered in their previous year. This class encourages growth in reading readiness, math & science skills, as well as exploring literacy in different capacities.
Ratio: 1 teacher: 12 children
Extended Care Options
Times vary by program, see additional details to learn more
Rise ‘N’ Shine: Children enrolled in our preschool programs are welcome to begin their day earlier than their class begins at 8:30am. You can register your child in one or more mornings a week. The fee for each morning is $5. Your child must be enrolled in this program to attend. There is no drop-in option.
Kids Day Out Extended Day: Children ages 3-6 years old can extend their day in the morning or afternoon on Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Children are required to bring a peanut free lunch for this program. This program is designed additional for additional play and social opportunities. These children enjoy an informal, creative play environment.
Lunch Bunch: Children enrolled in preschool have the option to stay for lunch. This is an opportunity for children to share mealtime with their friends under the kind guidance and support of teachers.
Interested in Learning More?
Please contact Bethany First Steps staff to schedule a tour or register children for the childcare center, preschool or kids day out programs.