Early Childhood Education & Preschool Programs
The BPS Early Childhood Center offers full day tuition-based programs for children ages 18 months through
5 years old. Birmingham Public School District residents may enroll in the program. The center earned national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children in 2001 and has maintained that accreditation ever since. The accreditation criteria established standards for relationships, curriculum, assessment of child progress, health and safety, educational qualifications, and experience of teaching staff, relationships with families, community relationships and resources, physical environment, and leadership and management. NAEYC accreditation "is regarded as the gold standard by parents, educators, and facilities" in early childhood programs according to a Wall Street Journal article on March 24, 2006.
Our preschool programs are committed to providing a nurturing and secure educational setting for young children and their families. In a safe, age appropriate, engaging environment, children learn and explore as they experience their world. Our play-based programs encourage the development of each child's unique potential. The process enhances physical, emotional, social, creative and intellectual growth. Staff, children, and families, in partnership with the community, learn to value diversity and to foster individuality, self-confidence, love of learning and respect for themselves and others.