Ascension Preschool

Due to the uncertain nature of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and because the safety and well-being of our students and staff is our highest priority, the Church of the Ascension Preschool will not be enrolling students for the Fall 2020 term. We are looking forward to resume our program as soon as it is prudent to do so.

The Church of the Ascension Preschool offers 3 and 4 year old students a thoughtful, nurturing program intended to help student become Pre-K/ Kindergarten ready. Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, following the Bradford Area School District calendar.  Because we are committed to offering excellent early childhood learning to all children, our tuition is calculated on a sliding-scale based on household income and very generous scholarships are available.

The Preschool is housed in the education wing on the second floor of the church and will enroll a maximum of 12 students who are supervised by a classroom teacher and teacher’s aide.  All program staff and volunteers are required to maintain current state and federal background clearances and complete a church mandated abuse prevention training entitled “Safeguarding God’s Children.”  Classroom teachers are also trained and certified in infant and child First Aid and CPR.

We utilize the HighScope Curriculum, a research based and child focused program that uses the carefully designed “active participatory learning” process to achieve powerful, positive outcomes that are demonstrated through assessment tools to evaluate each child’s progress.  Children enrolled in the program will engage in imaginative play, experiential learning opportunities and age appropriate religious instruction.

Our lead teacher, Michele Bucher, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and has recently obtained a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.  She has extensive experience in the care and education of young children.  Michele has been a member of Church of the Ascension for many years where she serves as the nursery childcare coordinator, and teaches Sunday School and Vacation Bible School at the preschool level.