Greenwood Forest Children's Center (GFCC) is a half-day private preschool program for children ages 1-5. We are proud to operate on the campus of Greenwood Forest Baptist Church (GFBC) and maintain the same values of inclusivity and outreach that are held dear throughout the campus. One distinct difference GFCC maintains from other church-based programs is our decision to offer a non-religious preschool program. GFCC believes in welcoming and celebrating families of all faiths and none.
Our goal is to provide a safe, loving environment where children are able to grow in all areas of development. Our 4s and TK teachers prepare children for Kindergarten by keeping current with WCPSS K-readiness standards, while also maintaining the activity and play-based approach to learning that is found in all of our classrooms. Our teachers create a hands-on, interactive day that seeks to see children develop not only cognitively, but physically, socially and emotionally. Please take a moment to explore our website and learn more about what makes GCC great.
Greenwood Forest Children's Center was begun by Greenwood Forest Baptist Church on January 2, 1967 - 55 years ago. We began as a Kindergarten, before WCPSS had Kindergartens and later became a preschool. While we operate under the umbrella and guidance of the church, we are separate from the church. From it's beginning, the school was not designed to teach a Bible-based curriculum nor have chapel as part of its curriculum. It is our desire that parents be in control of their child's religious training and we encourage you, the parent, to actively do this. We encourage children to share the cultural or religious traditions that are celebrated in their homes.
We believe that children learn by moving, exploring, inquiring, and experiencing. GFCC is a place for your child to enjoy learning a broad scope of basic skills through play and DOING!
We believe that early exposure to literacy and math concepts is important for kindergarten readiness. Our classrooms are print-rich environments where literacy and math concepts are introduced through fun circle and center activities.
We believe that social, emotional, and physical development are equally as important as cognitive development in building self-confidence and kindergarten readiness.
When a group of children gather to work on building a structure with blocks, it is not just “child’s play!” They are learning how to:
-Make a plan
-Compromise with their teammates
-Develop negotiating skills
-Meet a deadline
-Move forward, if mistakes are made
-Work as a team along with alternating leadership roles
At GFCC, we value our sense of family and
the individuality of each child!
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Testimonials from our GFCC parents!
This past year (2014-2015) was our 4 year old's 1st year in preschool. The entire staff was very warm, loving, sincere and professional. I feel they went above and beyond to meet the needs of our son as well as all the students! There was plenty of communication and we had access to daily photos (on a private site thanks to the teachers) & reports so we could see our son's progress. Our son had some "normal" behavior issues and the staff was incredible with their fairness & handling of all situations. He has grown socially and academically this past year! The rapport with the teachers & the director is a big plus at Greenwood Forest Children's Center. They also offer family events to bring the parents and children together in a wonderful social setting! I highly recommend this preschool!
- Ellen M.