Thank you for visiting our website. Joy Bell Preschool, established in 1982, has been serving as a community outreach program for over 30 years in Trinity United Church of Christ in Holland, PA. Joy Bell, a non-sectarian school, welcomes all children regardless of race, color, religious creed, disability, national origin, age or gender and promotes a mutual respect of all people. We offer Preschool for 3's and Pre-Kindergartners, Enrichment for Pre-Kindergartnerss and Kindergartners and Extended Care Programs. Joy Bell's hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Joy Bell Preschool is a private academic school licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), complying with the standards they set forth. Our teachers are certified with PDE in areas to include: Early Childhood, Nursery/Kindergarten, Elementary, Special and Physical Education. Our Kindergarten Enrichment is Department of Public Welfare (DPW) certified.
Our staff of caring and compassionate teachers and assistants will encourage your child's development at his/her pace using a developmental approach, in a guided setting, to prepare your child for Kindergarten or to enrich your child's Pre-K or Kindergarten experience.
In order for a child's registration to be accepted for enrollment, he/she must reach the minimum required age for enrollment into that specific program by September 1st of that registration year. If your child does not meet this age requirement, we look forward to registering him/her at Joy Bell the following year. Please call Joy Bell with any questions you may have regarding minimum age requirements.
THREE'S PROGRAM 2-Day AM or PM/TTH, 3-Day AM/MWF or TWTH, 3-Day PM/MWF or TWTH
Successful transitioning from home to school, socialization and participation in a small group are hallmarks of this Joy Bell Preschool Program for three-year-olds which focuses on developing self-confidence through active and creative learning. The curriculum introduces colors, shapes, and numbers. Songs, fingerplays, and stories are used to expand expressive language.
A lunch-time enrichment program is offered several sessions throughout the school year to extend the day of a three-year-old. This program provides additional time for morning session 3's to remain at school an extra hour or for afternoon session 3's to come an hour earlier to enjoy a parent-provided lunch, further play and socialize with classmates and storytime.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN (Pre-K) Program 3-Day AM or PM/TWTH, 4-Day AM/M-TH or T-F, 5-Day AM/M-F
This program focuses on kindergarten readiness skills: counting, classifying, name recognition, and beginning identification of the sight and sound(s) of each letter of the alphabet. Pre-K students will further develop their fine motor skills through hands on activities: manipulating small materials and items, cutting out items and printing their names in preparation for kindergarten.
This afternoon program expands ideas that were presented in the morning class. In addition to lunch and socializing, Pre-K Enr provides many opportunities for dramatic play and creativity that will further enhance your child's approach to learning while attending an extended-day program.
EXPLORE & MORE
This enrichment program, offered once or twice a week on a monthly basis throughout the school year, extends the day of morning Pre-K students until 3:15 p.m. In addition to enjoying a parent-provided lunch and socializing with friends, this program introduces monthly themes that are explored and expanded through arts and crafts projects, stories, snacks and outdoor play (weather permitting).
This program is designed to enrich the day of a child who attends morning kindergarten at another location then attends Joy Bell for afternoon KE. KE program hours are from 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Through this program, fine motor skills and pre-reading skills are reinforced through weekly themes (insects, dinosaurs, transportation, etc.), games and many fun-filled hands on activities to include arts & crafts.
Transportation to Joy Bell for KE is provided by Council Rock School District only for children who attend morning Kindergarten at Hillcrest, Holland or Rolling Hills Elementary Schools. All other students attending this program must be transported to Joy Bell from their morning Kindergarten Program by the parent.
EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM Available Monday through Friday from 3:15 PM to 6:00 PM
This program provides extended care for students who attend any of Joy Bell's afternoon Pre-K, Pre-K Enr or KE Programs. Beginning at dismissal time, the program continues until as late as 6 p.m. During this program the children interact and further socialize through involvement in games, arts and crafts, snack, outdoor nature walks and playground activities (weather permittng). Child pick-up takes place each incremental half-hour until as late as 6 p.m.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Joy Bell provides a weekly, half-hour long physical education class for all Joy Bell students, to include KE students. This developmentally appropriate program, taught by a certified physical educator, is designed to introduce the children to gross motor skills and motor movement with the goal of developing the physical, social, behavioral and emotional well-being of each child in a non-competitive, fun-filled environment. Music and a variety of gym equipment are used to achieve the intended developmental goals of the program, while providing all students with unlimited movement experiences and various ways to nurture their beginning love of exercise.
A developmentally appropriate music class is provided once a month for Joy Bell students. Each music class, focused on building an appreciation and love of music, incorporates monthly theme-related and special holiday songs, rhythmic movement and instrument use. Through this program, we hope to motivate and inspire the children to become increasingly involved in the music medium with each subsequent class.