Mission & Curriculum

Ark Child Development Center



Mission Statement

The Ark is a child development center that provides part and full time childcare and preschool services for children who are ages 6 weeks to 12 years at the beginning of the session.  The Ark is open to all children, regardless of race, nationality or creed, who may benefit from our type of program.  The Ark is nonprofit, nondenominational, and nonpolitical.


Philosophy Statement

At the Ark we help each child become the child God designed him to be physically emotionally, socially, cognitively and spiritually.  Children are expected to come to school and be themselves.

The Ark staff works as a team with parents to help each child become and independent and unique person.  Young children learn through hands on experiences. Teachers are facilitators in creating those learning experiences as they develop the many skills they need from infancy through the elementary school years.

In our play oriented environment, we have many small classrooms with low adult/child ratios to create a nurturing environment that enables children to learn and feel loved.  Our large play yard with play structures and Fellowship Hall lend themselves to a wide variety of activities no matter what the weather.


Curriculum Statement

The Ark’s curriculum is play based.  As the children choose from a variety of hands-on experiences, they learn while they experiment and explore through fine and large motor, sensory and creative activities.  Dramatic play, music and story time are part of each day.  Each week we sing songs and hear Bible stories at chapel.  We celebrate Christmas and Easter as Christian holidays along with other traditions.  Learning social skills and values through gentle guidance is an important aspect of our program.