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Welcome's You & Your Family

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We continue to accept registration for families in our community for

childcare, preschool, and kindergarten!  Set up a tour today.

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Veronica McGuin

Director, Sunbeam Children's Center

Sunbeam Children's Center is here for you and your children!

 

We provide care for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old.  Each baby will be provided individual care specific to their needs while getting the social and play time required.  Pre-Toddlers and Toddlers are introduced to a daily schedule while maintaining the individual needs of young children.  Our two's, three's, four's and kindergarten students will continue to have a more structured day with the introduction of a theme based curriculum and an emphasis on learning and developing in these five key areas:  Intellectual Development, Physical Development and well-being.  Social Responsibility, Aesthetic and Artistic Development, Emotional and Social Development while enjoying age appropriate activities.  Each child in Sunbeam Children's Center will be exposed to Bible stories.  Depending on the age group, these activities range from simple Bible stories to a 20 minute chapel time listening to the story and singing appropriate songs.

Sunbeam Children's Center offers the following programs:

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At Sunbeam Children's Center, we provide Day Care, Preschool and Kindergarten programs for children aged 6 weeks to 6 years old. To discover more information please click on the program below.

The environment in which all the children at the Sunbeam Children's Center of STUMC learn will be one of unconditional love, support, and respect to help them grow socially, intellectually, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. The curriculum used at our school is letter and number based as well as theme based according to what is age appropriate. The lead teachers of all classes submit lesson plans monthly to the office for review.

Day Care Classes Offered

Sunbeam Children's Center offers Day Care from 6:30 AM - 6:30 PM, Monday - Friday, for children 6 weeks to 6 years old. Please click on the program below to learn more about the curriculum and pricing for each age level. 

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Preschool Classes Offered

Sunbeam Children's Center offers Preschool classes from 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM, for children 2 to 4 years old. Please click on the program below to learn more about the curriculum and pricing for each age level.

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Infant Day Care

6 weeks until walking

At the Sunbeam Children’s Center we strive to meet the specific needs of each baby in a variety of ways. Each baby is held, talked to, read to, and sung to by loving, nurturing staff members. Our schedule also offers ample “tummy time” and opportunities for playing and learning with other babies. A variety of age appropriate toys for both younger and older infants is always available for the babies to explore. The babies in our care are also introduced to simple Bible stories. 

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Pre-Toddler Day Care

In the early stages of walking

The Pre-Toddler class is available as needed for children who are in the early stages of walking. This class is a transition class from the Infant Room to the Toddler class. The children transition to eating at a table, sleeping on cots, and drinking solely from a sippy cup (no bottles). In this class, the children learn to follow a planned schedule with snack time, outdoor play time, lunch time, nap time, and activity time. The children in the class are introduced to simple structured time including some table activities and more organized play. The children continue to enjoy being read to, sung to, and cuddled in this class. They also are read simple Bible stories and introduced to simple Bible songs.

Toddler Day Care

Must be walking

We recognize that toddlers still require schedules that are individualized to their specific needs, but toddlers are also ready for more "structure" in their daily routines. Our toddler teachers continue to talk, read, and sing with each child, but also begin introducing activities within a group setting. In addition, our toddlers' schedule offers ample opportunity to learn through playing and exploring. We offer a wide variety of activities that aid in language development and gross and fine motor skills. The toddlers are briefly introduced to the colors, shapes, numbers, letters, and various themes through a variety of activities. Our toddlers also enjoy a weekly Bible story and related art project shared by our Director or other staff members.

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2 Year Old Day Care

Must be 2 years old by September 30 

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our two year old classes, the children encounter the introduction of the letters, numbers, colors and shapes in various fun ways. More activities are presented in a structured, teacher-directed format. Development of social skills through play and independence is a main emphasize of our two year old program. Concentrating on potty training occurs the latter half of the year. 

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3 Year Old Day Care

Must be 3 years old by September 30 and potty trained

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our three year old classes, the children learn a new letter of the alphabet each week through teacher-directed activities, worksheets and art activities. In our three year old class, the children concentrate on recognizing and counting numbers 1-30. The continued development of social skills and independence is encouraged through daily activities. The three year old curriculum includes monthly classes in Music and Spanish.

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4 Year Old Day Care

Must be 4 years old by September 30 and potty trained

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our four year old classes, writing the letters, numbers and his/her name is part of the curriculum. The children are introduced to the sounds of each letter. Counting and recognizing numbers 1-30 are the emphasize of the four year old program. The four year old curriculum includes monthly classes in Music and Spanish. The overall goal for our four year olds is to be prepared for Kindergarten.

Kindergarten

Our Kindergarten offers a small classroom environment with no more than 10 children in the classroom, which allows for plenty of one on one time as well as group work.  The children will learn through workbooks as well as play, and participate in activities such as cooking, science, and outdoor exploration. School Hours are 9:00 am – 3:15 pm.

Kindergarten children explore, investigate, think, and use all five senses. Children at this age learn by talking, exploring, and experiencing in a variety of ways, including using imaginative play. Activities and experiences in kindergarten, as in most primary grades, often explore many subject areas at once. The students learn and develop in five key areas:

  • Intellectual Development

  • Physical Development and well-being

  • Social Responsibility

  • Aesthetic and artistic development

  • Emotional and social development

  • Learn age-appropriate Bible based truths to nurture them in developing faith in Jesus Christ

  • $100 Registration Fee and $331 per month

  • Sunbeam offers before and after care from 6:30 am-9:00 and 3:15-6:30 pm

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Classroom Ratios

The following ratios apply for the day care programs within the Sunbeam Children's Center of STUMC in accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia licensing standards:

0 to 16 months

1 caregiver per 4 children enrolled

16 months to 24 months

1 Caregiver per 5 children enrolled

2 year old Classes

1 caregiver per 8 children enrolled

3 year old classes

1 caregiver per 10 children enrolled

4 year old classes

1 caregiver per 10 children enrolled

Kindergarten classes

1 caregiver per 20 children enrolled

(no more than 10 in our classrooms)

 

Floating aides are available to assist in all classes.

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2-3 Year Olds Preschool

Must be 2-3 years old by September 30

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Since this is usually the child’s first experience in a school type setting, the children are introduced to following school rules and a schedule. The class offers the children ample playtime for developing social skills as well as some structured time, such as circle time and teacher-directed art activities related to the letter, number or theme of the week. The teacher works with the children on potty training if needed the latter half of year. 

3 Year Olds Preschool

Must be 3 years old by September 30 and potty trained

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our three year old classes, the children learn a new letter of the alphabet each week through teacher-directed activities, worksheets and art activities. In our three year old class, the children concentrate on recognizing and counting numbers 1-30. The continued development of social skills and independence is encouraged through daily activities. The three year old curriculum includes monthly classes in Music and Spanish.

4 Year Olds Preschool

Must be 4 years old by September 30 and potty trained

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our four year old classes, writing the letters, numbers and his/her name is part of the curriculum. The children are introduced to the sounds of each letter. Counting and recognizing numbers 1-30 are the emphasize of the four year old program. The four year old curriculum includes monthly classes in Music and Spanish. The overall goal for our four year olds is to be prepared for Kindergarten.

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3 Year Old Day Care

Must be 3 years old by September 30 and potty trained

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our three year old classes, the children learn a new letter of the alphabet each week through teacher-directed activities, worksheets and art activities. In our three year old class, the children concentrate on recognizing and counting numbers 1-30. The continued development of social skills and independence is encouraged through daily activities. The three year old curriculum includes monthly classes in Music and Spanish.

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4 Year Old Day Care

Must be 4 years old by September 30 and potty trained

Our curriculum for two's, three's and four's is letter and number based, theme based, and Bible based. It includes age appropriate reading, writing and math readiness, and social interaction activities aimed to provide the children with many educational opportunities that will prepare each child for the next educational level.

Specific to our four year old classes, writing the letters, numbers and his/her name is part of the curriculum. The children are introduced to the sounds of each letter. Counting and recognizing numbers 1-30 are the emphasize of the four year old program. The four year old curriculum includes monthly classes in Music and Spanish. The overall goal for our four year olds is to be prepared for Kindergarten.

Preschool classes offered for 2022-2023:

  • 2-3 Year Old 3-Day Classes – Must be 2-3 years old by September 30, 2022

    • Monday/Wednesday/Friday class

  • 3 Year Old Classes - Must be 3 years old by September 30, 2022 and potty trained

    • 3-day class – Monday/Wednesday/Friday

    • 5-day class – Monday–Friday

  • 4 Year Old Classes - Must be 4 years old by September 30, 2022 and potty trained

    • 3-day class – Monday/Wednesday/Friday

    • 5-day class – Monday–Friday

Daycare registration materials are also available online.

 

For more information, call 703-368-5161, Option 2.

The Sunbeam Children's Center is located on the first floor of St. Thomas UMC
8899 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20110
sunbeam@StThomasUMC.org

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All my kids attended Sunbeam and I would highly recommend them. My kids were always treated well and respectfully and they loved the teachers there. They focus on the child's specific needs and I appreciate that as a parent.

- Liz

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