The Infant, Toddler & Preschool Division
I, T, and PreK: (908) 835-7934
At Good Shepherd Christian Academy, the Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Learning Center (ITPLC) provides children with age-appropriate Bible instruction, rich educational exposure, loving attention, gentle redirection, and Christ-centered guidance.
We believe that the children entrusted to our care are little souls, God's image bearers -- this mindset drives every interaction between our staff and your little one, which is why we begin our day by praying for your child, and interact lovingly with your child throughout the day.
Infant & Toddler
Our Infant program is for babies ages 6-weeks to18-months. The Christ-centered program is hosted in our newly remodeled Infant Learning Center -- a peaceful environment created to help children feel at rest, while also providing lots of resources for play. Our highly trained staff foster appropriate development for each baby.
Toddlers 18-30 Months:
Toddlers are inquisitive by nature. The classrooms in our Toddler Center are designed to encourage students to grow spiritually, socially, physically, verbally, and cognitively. The children enjoy lots of thoughtfully structured play activities.
Pre-K2.5 (Children 2 1/2– 3)
In our younger PreK rooms (2.5 to 3), toddlers learn about the world around them by focusing on colors and shapes, weather and music, crafts and other features of our beautiful world. Throughout the day, teachers read loving Bible-themed stories to the children. Lots of time is dedicated to outdoor play, and children are also provided a clean and comfortable place for rest and quiet time.
Pre-K3 (children 3-4)
Our middle PreK rooms (3 to 4) build on the younger curriculum, but students also begin fun memorization activities, learning letters and numbers, recognizing and producing speech sounds, and other interesting concepts (i.e. animal facts, calendar details, crafts).
Pre-K4 (children 4-5)
The older Pre-K rooms (4 to 5) are structured to help students begin to sight-read, learn advanced letter combination sounds, and engage in pre-math pattern recognition and computation.
Before & After Care
Good Shepherd Christian Academy proudly offers before- and after-care support for all students, including those enrolled in our Infant/Toddler and Preschool Center, from 7am-8:30am and from 3:30pm-6pm, respectively. During these times, students engage in planned and self-directed play activities.