About Us


The Learning, Loving, Living Preschool, Inc was founded in 1975 by members of West Parish Church. In 1983,  LLL severed ties with the Church and became a non-profit corporation.

Location

As a tenant at West Parish, LLL Preschool utilizes four classrooms in the area below the church,  has a completely fenced-in playground, and has use of the church's large Fellowship Hall. Additionally, LLL utilizes the security system at West Parish Church, which limits access to both the school and the church building via an authorized key chain fob.

Staff

The teachers at LLL are the school's strongest asset. Many of our teachers have been at LLL for 15 or more years, which demonstrates not only the extent of their experience working with preschool-aged children, but also the low staff turnover enjoyed at LLL Preschool. Please read the teacher bios if you'd like to learn more.

Philosophy

The preschool is a learning, loving and living laboratory. Its philosophy is based upon wholeness - of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It is also based on the belief that individuals are called to work toward wholeness in society. The preschool philosophy considers spirit the integrating force that enables wholeness.

In the spirit, personal affirmation and humility are qualities that go hand in hand. Individuals need to feel good about themselves before they can appreciate others. LLL will affirm each child's uniqueness and encourage the children to affirm one another. In that kind of relationship, the child is able to gain perspective on his/her place in the world.

Guiding Behavior

Children need adults to guide them and help them learn what acceptable behavior is. We take a positive approach to behavior and guidance so that we can help your child develop inner controls.

A positive approach to guiding behavior includes:

  • Taking steps to prevent dangerous behavior (for example: establishing playground safety rules, or covering electrical outlets)
  • Planning a schedule that includes plenty of outdoor time for children to be active
  • Redirecting a child to a safer activity 
  • Having simple, positively stated rules and explaining them many times
  • Using "no" sparingly by making the environment safe for children to explore freely 
Guiding children's behavior also includes helping them learn how to relate to others in positive ways. We do this by modeling caring behaviors, encouraging children to help each other, reading stories about helping and caring for others, and helping children to resolve problems as they occur.

Curriculum Goals

The primary goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children learn HOW to learn and become enthusiastic learners. We encourage children to be active and creative explorers, eager to try out their ideas and think their own thoughts.

Our goal is to help young children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We encourage children to learn at their own pace in the ways that are best for them. We are helping them to develop a positive sense of themselves.

Our curriculum identifies goals in the following developmental areas:
  • Social: to help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends and feel they are part of a group. 
  • Emotional: to help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude towards life.
  • Cognitive: to help children become confident leaders by letting them try out their ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations and feelings.
  • Physical: to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do. 
The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children are all designed to accomplish the goals of the preschool curriculum.