Early Learning Center

Toddler 1

Toddler 2

Preschool

Pre-K

Advantages of Attending Our Early Learning Center

  • Cultural Diversity Focused Learning
  • Caring & Professional Staff
  • Summer Program
  • Low teacher-child ratio
  • Warm & Loving Environment
  • Part-time and Full-time Programs
  • Dedicated age-group playgrounds
  • Toddler-8th Grade School Programs on Property

Music

Our themes help children explore the world around them, taking a look at other cultures, creating rich experiences and introductions to the world beyond their own front door.

Bible

Age-appropriate Bible Curriculum used in each class. The love of Jesus is shared through stories and in our actions.

Math

Math concepts are incorporated in art and movement activities. These are highly effective programs that teach sorting, classification, pattern extension, prediction, measurement and more!

Language & Literacy

We immerse our students in language and poetry every day to help them develop a rich vocabulary.

Social-Emotional

We foster interpersonal skills through character development, respecting differences & similarities, and learning how to cooperate with peers.

Science

We introduce children to the amazing world that our God created through
stories, art, and hands-on activities.

Arts & Crafts

Art experiences are many and varied to encourage children to explore both self-directed and teacher directed projects.

Handwriting

Pre-writing skills are introduced through letter recognition in our Toddler and Preschool classes. Handwriting Without Tears is used in Pre-K.

Social Studies

Our themes help children explore the world around them, taking a look at other cultures, creating rich experiences and introductions to the world beyond their own front door.

Snack

We offer 3 snacks per day with a variety of food for children to eat.

Menus are available upon request. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What time is the Early Learning Center open?

The ELC is open from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
(Children can attend up to 10 hours within this range)

Please click here to view our Parent Calendar for Holiday schedules/In-service school closures.

What is the difference between Preschool and Pre-K?
Preschool is for children who are 3 years of age (by August 31st), turning 4. Pre-K is for children who are 4 years of age (by August 31st) turning 5. Both programs focus on Language development, Social-Emotional skills, Biblical teaching as well as Math and Science. Preschool is more play-oriented, focusing on Letters, Language and Math. Pre-K is more academic with a focus on Phonics, Language, Handwriting and Math.
What is the difference between Half-day and Full-day Pre-K?
Teachers work together under the Early Learning Center Director and PK-2 Principal to create the same Curriculum for these classes.
There are three main differences:

  1. The Full-day Pre-K is a Licensed Child-care Center.
  2. Half-day Pre-K is a 4-day per week schedule and follows the NCA break schedule; it does not have any before or after care options. Full-day Pre-K has the built in childcare component allowing children to attend up to 10 hours per day.
  3. Full-day Pre-K offers a scheduled nap-time.
What do parents need to bring?

Parents will need to bring lunches and sleeping materials. We provide three snacks per day, and cots for children to rest on at nap time. Parents should also bring a full change of clothes as well as any diapers or wipes.

Head of the Team

Diane Winningham

Diane Winningham

K - 2nd Grade Principal/ELC Executive Director

Mrs. Beth Darby

Mrs. Beth Darby

ELC Program Supervisor

NCA's Non-Discrimination Statement

Northshore Christian Academy admits students of any color, race, national and ethnic origin. NCA does not discriminate based on color, race, national or ethnic origin.

Family Partnership

Northshore Christian Academy partners with families to provide a superior Christian education developing spiritual, academic and personal excellence in a Christ-centered environment.

Employment Opportunities

NCA is always accepting applications for Teachers, Substitutes, Educational Aids, Support Staff or Facilities Staff & Athletics Coaches! For a full list of available positions visit our Employment page.