program philosophy

Our philosophy is to provide a Christ-centered kindergarten readiness learning environment that encourages the development of the whole child through learning centers and creative play. Our teaching style is:


We encourage and affirm children's efforts


We  support children's developmental needs and personal interests


We see the potential in each child and encourage them toward growth


We reflect the love of Christ in our environment, activities, words, and deeds

we encourage

  • Social development by providing opportunities for making friends, sharing, taking turns, resolving conflicts, solving problems, and building self-esteem.
  • Emotional development through verbal expressions of thoughts and feelings, experiencing kindness, fairness, empathy, understanding rules and limitations, and by recognizing and respecting the emotions of others.
  • Language and literacy development by including extended vocabulary words in conversation, poems, rhymes, music, and reading aloud. The children are introduced to the sounds of letters and writing activities.
  • Intellectual development by including fun, hands-on learning activities, science materials, dramas, problem solving, stories, and puppetry.
  • Physical development of large motor skills through indoor and outdoor games and activities, and fine motor skills through manipulative toys, blocks, puzzles, writing, and creative activities.
  • Spiritual development with daily devotions, prayers, Bible words, Christian songs, service projects, Preschool Chapel, and Vacation Bible School. 

christian education

We are all God's children - 1 John 3:2

  • Daily Devotions
  • Bible memory words
  • Prayers
  • Christian songs
  • Chapel
  • Christmas program
  • Vacation Bible School


  • The children gather with our music teacher once-per-week for a fun interactive time of music
  • Vocabulary and phonemic development with language and rhyme in songs
  • Movement to music develops balance, coordination, and motor skills
  • Appreciation of the properties of music: loud, soft, fast tempo, slow tempo, pitch
  • Musical instruments promote rhythm awareness
  • Christian songs
  • Large group dynamic


  • Our Spanish teacher brings a fun, interactive Spanish lesson to every classroom once a week
  • Children love to learn Spanish through songs, stories, games, and active learning
  • Multi-cultural awareness and vocabulary growth
  • Exposure to a foreign language at a young age supports brain development and cognitive growth


Our school is located in the education wing of Excelsior Covenant Church. The preschool wing is built for preschoolers with tot-sized bathrooms, bright colorful classrooms with lots of windows on a walk-in level. Families use our private entrance. We enjoy a large fully-equipped indoor gym, fenced outdoor playground, and lunch room.


Housekeeping corner

Block play

Library center

Cognitive toys and games

Manipulative toys

Science and nature table

Sensory play

Arts and crafts

Dramatic play

Music activities


Cozy coupes

Riding trikes

Balls and hoops





Large fenced area

Fully equipped

Moon Rock climber

Natural Tamarack engineered wood chips

Handicap accessible



  • Licensed by the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services
  • Licensed to serve 80 children per session with a total enrollment of 200.
  • Classes are small and do not exceed 10 children per class of toddlers, three's, four's, and five's.
  • Potty training is not required, but recommended for children ages 3.5.
  • Teacher/student ratios are 1 to 5 for toddler classes. 1 to 10 for ages three to five years.


Amy Timm, Preschool Director, earned her Master's Degree and teaching license in Education from the University of Minnesota. She has enjoyed working in the field of early childhood education for 30 years and has directed the wonderful staff at Excelsior Covenant Preschool for the past 19 years. In addition, she's been active as a professional development instructor for the past 12 years, training Twin Cities area early childhood professionals as they seek to grow professionally.

Our loving and dedicated Christian teachers are well-educated and experienced early childhood professionals. All participate in programs of continuing education for professional development in early childhood education and are certified in CPR and First Aid. All are certified and approved through the Minnesota Department of Human Services licensing division regarding education, experience, and background studies.



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