Children's Learning Center (CLC)
The Children's Learning Center (CLC) at Prince of Peace Catholic School is a preschool for children ages 3-5. The CLC follows the goals and objectives set forth by the Catholic Schools Diocese of Dallas, and the curriculum contains the Essential Elements of the Texas Education Agency.
Main Components of the Program:
Religion - As Catholic school educators, we infuse Gospel values into every area of our curriculum. Children participate in prayer and religion lessons daily and are encouraged to actively celebrate their faith. In addition, we attend weekly Worship Celebrations in the Sanctuary.
Literacy - We provide learning experiences and an environment that fosters increased vocabulary and oral language skills. Additionally, the students work on phonological awareness (the ability to hear and understand the different sounds of the spoken language). Your child will also be exposed to the more conventional components of literacy: knowledge of print, letters and words, and comprehension skills. We also encourage positive literacy experiences - children who are read to become children who are readers! Our students visit the Media Center/Library regularly.
Mathematics - Your student will have daily opportunities to build competence in a variety of math skills. Developing number concepts such as rote counting and one-to-one correspondence are usually one of the first skills to develop. Patterns and relationships are also important and set the foundation for geometry and spatial sense. Finally, teachers integrate STEM activities into their lessons and visit the Cube weekly to apply concepts learned in the classroom.
Science & Social Studies - Learning about the world around us is what being a preschooler is all about! We offer hands-on experiences that help your child gain knowledge and understanding of physical science (5 senses, cause and effect, changes in matter), life science (living things, their needs, and their habitats), and earth science (the natural world). Additionally, we learn about people in our community and those that have made an impact globally. We explore present-day traditions and customs as well as those from the past.
Specials - CLC students attend weekly physical education, Spanish, and music classes. 5K students attend art class once a week.
21st Century Learning - CLC classrooms have iPads for student use as well as interactive smart boards.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the student/teacher ratio? 3K classes have up to 16 students per room and 2 teachers devoted to each class. 4K classes have up to 18 students with 2 teachers in the classroom.
Is 5K a fit for my child? The 5K class has up to 20 students with 2 teachers devoted to the class. It's designed for children who turn 5 years-old right before or right after the September 1 cut-off date, and for those who are not ready to begin Kindergarten. 5K follows a Kindergarten curriculum, but at a modified pace, and prepares students to enter Kindergarten the following year.
Will my child need a uniform? CLC students are required to wear the Prince of Peace Catholic School uniform.
What vaccinations does my child need in order to start the first day of school? Your child must be up-to-date on all required immunizations before the first day of school.
What about school lunches? You may send in a lunch from home or preorder lunch from our school cafeteria.
May I volunteer? Parents may volunteer in the CLC classrooms. Please note: All volunteers must complete a Safe Environment Training course which includes a background check before volunteering.
What are the CLC days/hours of operation? All classes meet Monday through Friday. 3K & 4K may attend from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5K attend from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Prince of Peace Catholic School offers and Extended Day Program from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
I'm ready to apply! What's next? The CLC admissions application is available online. We require the application, health history, record of immunization, teacher recommendation (if applicable), and a release of records from previous schools (if applicable). Parishoners of Prince of Peace Catholic Community and siblings of currently enrolled students have priority enrollment status. We maintain an active waiting list and fill openings throughout the school year.