Paxton Presbyterian Nursery School

REGISTRATION FOR FALL 2021 IS CURRENTLY OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 

Paxton Presbyterian Nursery School serves children ages 2 through 5 in a half day Christian preschool.

PPNS, established in 1957, seeks to provide an environment with many resources for learning and to bridge the gap from home to school. Most of what we do may appear to the adult eye like play, but we need to understand that play is the groundwork for all early learning. Socialization is an important goal in our curriculum. Our mission is to help children see the greatness and goodness of God while providing a happy, safe environment for learning.

Classes Offered

(Children must be class age before September 1)

2 year olds
Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year
2 days per week/Mon./Wed. $110 per month
 3 year olds
3 days per week /Mon./Wed/Fri. $135 per month
 4 year olds –  CLASS IS FULL –
3 days per week    (register for waiting list) $135 per month
 5 days per week   (register for waiting list)  $175 per month

All classes meet from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Our school year begins after Labor Day in September and ends the Friday before Memorial Day in May. We observe the same holidays and snow days as the Central Dauphin School District.

ADDITIONAL FEES

There is an annual registration fee of $40 (early bird Feb.-April) per family payable at the time of the application. Registration fee after May 1 is $60.  Registration for the upcoming school year begins in February. Church members and previously enrolled students register prior to the general public.

 2 YEAR OLD CURRICULUM

Social skills are emphasized from the first days of school when your child is learning to leave you and getting to know other adults and children  and throughout the year.

Self-help skills are another important part of nursery school.   They include working on dressing, bathroom independence, throwing away their own trash and following two step directions.

Fine motor skills are learned from daily activities in which your child uses their hands, whether manipulating play dough, painting or playing with toys and coloring.   Large motor skills are developed as your child plays outdoors, walks up and down the steps and participates in music and movement activities.

Language and listening skills are practiced everyday through conversation with other children and the teachers during circle time.

Literacy is an important  part of our curriculum and the children are read to  each class period and have the opportunity to experience books during free play.

Math and science are incorporated throughout the year through counting, colors, shapes, cooking, etc..  These experiences provide conversations through observation and  participation in the classroom.

THREE YEAR OLD CURRICULUM

Social  skills are emphasized from the first days of school when your child is learning to leave you and get to know other adults and children.  We work on language skill development to help the students identify their feelings, reducing anger, solving problems and how to get along with others.

Self-help skills are another important part of nursery school.   They include picking up after themselves, following directions, bathroom habits, and caring for cubbies and backpacks.

Fine motor skills are learned from activities in which your child uses his/her hands whether playing with toys, making crafts, coloring or painting.  Large motor skills are developed as your child plays outdoors, participates in music and movement activities.

Literacy, language and listening skills are practiced everyday through conversations with other children, teachers and during circle time, and group and individual experiences with books.

Math and science are incorporated throughout the year within the weekly themes.

The children will use the Clifford Weekly Readers to enhance their literacy, math, science and social skills.

 FOUR YEAR OLD CURRICULUM

The four year old children are polishing their social skills, which will prepare them for their future experiences in life.  Confident learners separate from their family, get along with their classmates, work in groups and independently, solve problems and express their ideas and needs.  Acquiring social skills is the most important part of nursery school.

Self– help skills are another important part of nursery school.  They include picking up after themselves, following directions, bathroom manners, and caring for their cubbies and backpacks.

Large motor skills are developed as the children play outdoors and participate in music and movement activities.

The teachers will be following the Central Dauphin School District’s  kindergarten readiness guidelines which are used as an assessment tool for their progress reports in January and May.  Handwriting Without Tears is another resource we will be using to help the students succeed.  Children will learn their  colors, shapes, letter strokes,  sounds and numbers.

The children will be using the Scholastic “Let’s Find Out” newsletter to enhance their literacy, math, science and social skills.

Additional Features

  • Classroom Assistants
  • Special Programs
  • Snacks
  • Christmas Program
  • Progress Reports
  • Scholarship Program

Want to learn more?

If you think Paxton Presbyterian Nursery School is right for you and your child, take the next steps:

Registration for the upcoming school year begins in February, however there is no deadline for admission; we accept applications throughout the year. Classes do fill up though, so please apply early, if possible.

To contact us:

Paxton Presbyterian Nursery School
3500 Sharon Street
Harrisburg, PA 17111
717-561-0510,   www.paxtonchurch.org,  office@paxtonchurch.org