Infant - Preschool
Our hope is that your child learns that God MADE me, God LOVES me, and that Jesus wants to be my forever FRIEND.
The Farm and The Neighborhood are our weekly environments created especially for children, six weeks through preschool ages. We believe in an active, hands-on, fun approach to learning. Therefore, your child can plan on singing, dancing, and playing as they learn about God.
Xkidz Farm (6 weeks – 2 year)
The Farm is a colorful, rural farmland where infants and toddlers are well cared for. Our goal in the Farm is to give every parent peace of mind, knowing your child is being well taken care of, as you attend a church service. We teach every child that God loves them, God made them, and Jesus wants to be their friend forever.
Xkidz Neighborhood (3 – 5 years)
The Neighborhood is an awesome environment created specifically for 2 to 5 year old children. We use music, a colorful clubhouse, and small groups to help preschoolers build quality friendships with other kids their age and with their Small Group leader. Our teaching focuses on these 3 basic truths that build the necessary foundation to prepare them for their elementary years: God MADE me, God LOVES me, and Jesus wants to be my FRIEND forever.
How does drop-off and pick-up work?
When you arrive at one of our check-in stations, you will use your phone number to check-in your child/children. Each child you check-in will receive a tag to be placed on their shirt. You will also receive a printed tag with the same number that's on your child's tag. You will need that tag to pick-up your child. Important note: You will not be able to pick up your child without this number so please plan to keep the number somewhere safe. Safety and security of the children in our care is our number one priority.
Your child will then be placed in a classroom based upon their age and developmental stage. When you pick your child up, you will hand your security tag to the Farm or Neighborhood volunteer. Once they have confirmed that the numbers match, they will release your child to you.
What is the curriculum?
Our preschool ministry uses the Orange Rethink curriculum.
What classroom will my child be placed in?
Classrooms are set up according to developmental stage and age range.
- One Year Olds
- Two Year Olds
- Three Year Olds
- Four Year Olds
If your child is above his age range developmentally, we will ask you if it is okay to move him up to the next age range. Otherwise, we have an annual church-wide Promotion Sunday when we move children up according to birthdate, age, and/or developmental skills.
What safety precautions are made for my child?
We strive to provide excellence, safety, and fun in all of our environments. In every preschool ministry safety is a number one priority. To do this we perform background checks on all volunteers, and provide secure environments in every Ministry area. Teachers are also trained twice a year on best child practices for working with your preschooler. Our check-in and drop-off system (as mentioned earlier) is another safety precaution we make.
What snacks are fed to children in the Farm?
Snacks vary for the different ages in our Farm rooms, but on a typical Sunday, we provide Cheerios and Goldfish.
What if my child has allergies?
When you arrive to check your child in for the first time, please notify one of the volunteers that your child has allergies, and what type of allergies they have. Your child will then receive a pink sticker to wear on their back. The volunteer will then make a note of the allergy on our rosters so that a permanent note is made on your records. All room volunteers have been trained to pay attention to these pink stickers, therefore will take appropriate measures and precautions at snack time. If your child has an extensive list of allergies, we recommend your child bring a snack.
What does baby dedication look like and how do I sign-up?
Baby Dedication is where you, as parents, agree and commit to raising your child in a Christ centered home. We offer baby dedication twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall.
Appropriate advertising and reminders will take place when it's time to sign your child up for the Dedication. Once you sign your child up, we will have an orientation class to go over the aspects of the big day. You are encouraged to invite family members to this event.Once the Baby Dedication is over, we will celebrate with a party in your child's environment.
In what ways can I become involved in my preschooler's environment?
We are always looking for extra help in our preschool ministry. If you are interested in volunteering you can speak with either Kiki McDaniel, Director of Children's Ministries, or one of our current volunteers who can answer your questions and help set you up for further involvement with our preschool ministry.
Who do I contact if I have more questions about XKidz Farm or Neighborhood Ministries?
Kiki McDaniel is the Executive of Next Gen Ministries at Crossroads. She can be reached at (678)370-0555 or by email.