Christ-centered, biblically based programs created to get your child ready to leave the “nest” and start school
Fresno Christian Early Education
Welcome to Fresno Christian Early Education. We are pleased to be a part of your child’s early years. We have a wonderful center in which parents, children, and staff work together to provide a high-quality Christian education program. We are looking forward to serving you and your family.
Fresno Christian Early Education (FCEE) has served Central San Joaquin Valley families since 1995. Our goal was and remains focused on providing excellent childcare and preschool services in a Christian learning enrichment environment. We believe the early years of a child’s life are among the most important in his/her development. Therefore, our program is designed to enrich the mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual development of the child. We’re proud to say our families consider FCEE a trusted partner in their child’s overall development from the infant and toddler stages to academically preparing their child for Kindergarten.
To serve our families and each other with excellence and be the best early education program and place to work in Fresno County.
Our philosophy is based on a God-centered view that God’s laws, principles, ethics and standards are absolute truth; that the Bible is the inspired Word of God; and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and sustainer of all things. Each child is viewed as a separate and unique creation of God, therefore, every child is accepted and loved based on this premise.
Our Core Values
We designed six core values that align to our mission and philosophy that exist to guide our actions and set the standards for our behaviors, and unites staff, children and families. We promise to provide:
- Excellent Care and Service
- A strong Biblical Foundation
- Continuous Staff Development
- Quality Learning Enrichment Environment
- A Safe and Healthy Culture
- Highest level of Integrity and Teamwork
We are an ethnically diverse team of 30 – each bringing unique talents and spiritual gifts to our center. We employ fluent Spanish and English-speaking teachers as well as teachers fluent in Sign Language.
Our director, Molly Bennett, has worked for FCEE since 2005. Prior to becoming the director in August 2018, she worked in various roles ranging from a preschool teacher and curriculum coordinator to an assistant director. All our daycare and preschool teachers are vetted through the California state licensing department, are CPR certified and emergency life-saving skills trained.
We are located on the campus of Peoples Church in the area of Herndon and Cedar avenues in Fresno. We are part of the Fresno Christian School system which is located on the backside of the church’s campus. Because we share such a large campus, it can be a challenge to find us.
Use the Fir Street entrance into Peoples Church which runs adjacent to Jackson Park Place Apartments. Fresno Christian Schools is located at the end of that driveway. If you go beyond the black gate, you’ve gone too far. The elementary school is the large two-story building at the end of the driveway, and to the front/left of the elementary building, you’ll see Fresno Christian’s early education building — a single story building with a half circle driveway. There’s a playground directly attached to our building which is visible from the parking lot.
We strive for excellence daily, where activities are opportunities to learn and practice life developing skills
2-3 Year Olds
4-5 Year Olds
We offer two year-round programs: a morning enrichment program and an all-day program. In addition to our year-round programs, we offer an eight-week summer program. Here’s what you can expect from each of our programs offered:
Morning Program: 8:30 a.m. to noon.
We start promptly at 8:30 a.m. and expect a timely pick up time at noon. Your child’s morning will include:
All-Day Program: 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Our operating hours allow parents the flexibility to set a schedule that works best for their family. We ask that the child arrives no later than 8:30 a.m. to begin daily academic time. Your child’s day will include:
We reinforce biblical standards every day throughout the center. Chapel is held daily in the classrooms and together as large group each Friday. We use the Abeka Christian curriculum which provides lesson plans and visually stimulating textbooks and visual aids. Abeka is also used for age-appropriate bible verse memorization, songs and stories. With Abeka, you can count on high academics and a biblical worldview preparing your child to make a difference in the world.
We love to celebrate birthdays! Parents, you’re welcome to bring special treats to your child’s classroom, however, please note we are a nut-free center. Anything with a tree nut ingredient delivered to FCEE or taken into the classroom will be sent home or thrown away. If special entertainment is desired, please check with the office first.
We recommend casual dress or play clothes suitable for messy materials or accidents. It’s important children feel comfortable and free to participate in all activities without worry of ruining their clothes. For your child’s safety, shoes must always be worn, flip flops and shoes with open backs are not allowed. Tennis shoes are the best option. Each child must always have an extra set of weather-appropriate clothes in their cubby for emergencies. Please send the extra clothes to your child’s teacher in a ziplocked bag with the child’s name clearly marked.
We love to take field trips! Going on adventures is a great way to enhance the curriculum and give each child an experience. Our two-year-olds take small, short and local walking trips. Our three to five-year-olds travel to local places like museums, the post office, Chaffee Zoo, Fresno State, and the pumpkin patch. All field trips are paid for by the parents. The center will provide special lunches or snacks if needed. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children on the trips. Help from the parents is always needed for transportation and general supervision of the children. A driver’s clearance form must be approved and kept on file in the office before a parent can transport any children other than his/her own..
Snacks & Lunch
Our onsite chef prepares a daily homemade lunch and a total of four nutritious snacks between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Students in the early enrichment morning program who leave FCEE during the noon lunch hour are not included in the lunch service. As part of our programs, children practice good table manners, praying before eating, and learn about nutrition and good eating habits. Nutrition during preschool years is important for their growth and learning, and to provide energy for activity.
Nap times for children staying all day begin after their lunchtime. We provide the mats and each child is to bring a fitted crib sheet and blanket. The bedding is sent home on your child’s last day of the week to be washed and is to be returned clean for the following week. All bedding is to be labeled with your child’s first and last name. We also offer a no-nap option but space is limited so it is strictly offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. We keep a wait list for those interested.
Two-way communication between parents and FCEE teachers and administration is essential for a smooth-running operation, timely problem solving and for the development of your child. We offer an open-door policy welcoming parents to call or stop by our office or your child’s classroom anytime for updates or questions. We strive to always keep you in-the-know about your child’s progress and challenges, as well as keep you informed of important news and updates.
To help with effective parent communication, we publish news and announcements on parent communication boards located in the classrooms, send a monthly classroom newsletter by email, post messages on our Facebook page, and regularly communicate through letters home, flyers, email, phone calls and parent-teacher conferences.
Creating that place of wonder together where parents, children, and educators experience valuable Christian enrichment
My girls have been here since they were babies, the teachers and staff are truly like family. They are loved and cared for, learning and thriving in a Christian environment. We are truly appreciative for how much everyone at FCEE has shaped their young lives!