Young children learn through play. Small groups, hands-on experiences and multi-sensory materials all help define the educational purpose of our classrooms at University Carillon Early Learning Center.

We target our instruction to meet the goals of the Florida Early Learning and   Developmental Standards through the use of a school-wide Bible based curriculum. These standards and benchmarks reflect the knowledge and skills that a child on a developmental progression should know and be able to do at the end of an age-related timeframe.

Spiritual development of the whole child is our key focus at UCELC. We believe that spiritual development cannot be addressed as an afterthought, but should be at the forefront of every way we teach and serve our children. We accomplish this through incorporating Bible lessons into our daily classroom activities, attending Chapel as a school family, and focusing on social interaction and skills as we go throughout our daily routine.

Academically, we focus on age-appropriate reading and math readiness, the development of scientific inquiry skills, creativity through the arts, an understanding of the world through exploring basic social studies, and control of our bodies through gross and fine motor skills training.

Reading Readiness

  • Visual discrimination
  • Auditory skills
  • Language development
  • Introduction to the alphabet
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Creative expression through writing

Math Readiness

  • Sorting & classifying
  • Patterning
  • Graphing
  • Numeral recognition & number sense
  • Shape & color recognition
  • Spatial concepts

Physical Development

  • Large and small muscle control
  • Games and creative movement
  • Perceptual motor skills
  • Personal care routines
  • Sensorimotor
  • Proper feeding and nutrition

Social Skills and Interaction

  • Cooperation and respect for others
  • Understanding emotions & asking questions
  • Imagination and make believe
  • Obeying rules for safety
  • Working independently & as a group
  • Expressing feelings and needs

Class Options

My Morning Out Program (MMO)

Our MMO program is a class for children age 18 months by Sept. 1st of the school year. MMO is offered one or two days per week and meets from 9am to noon. Class goals will focus on healthy separation from parents, encouraging side-by-side and cooperative play, and beginning to introduce a classroom routine. Ratio 8:2

Two-Year-Old Program

Our Two-Year-Old program serves children who have turned 2 by Sept. 1st of the school year. We offer a 2-day (M/W, T/TH)  or a 4-day (M-Th) option for this age group. Both class options run from 9am to 2pm. In the 2s, children will begin to explore colors, shapes, bible stories and letters. They will have time on the playground, in “specials” classes, and will participate in chapel and school events. Ratio 10:2

Three-Year-Old Program

Our Three-Year-Old program is for children who have turned 3 by Sept. 1st of the school year. With many different options our Three-Year-Old program fits the needs of those new to school and those who have are returning from previous years. The school day runs from 9am to 2pm for all Three-Year-old classes. We offer a 2-day, 3-day or 5-day option for this age group. These classes have so much fun becoming little learners. Their day includes circle time with songs and stories to enrich receptive and expressive language skills, center-based play to nurture social-emotional growth, and one-on-one teacher time to focus on craft and academic skills. At this age level, our students will be an active part of the class and school family by being helpers in the class and at chapel, and even putting on shows for our families. Children in the Three-Year-Old program must be potty trained. Ratio 10:2

Four-Year-Old Program

We offer many different programs for the Four-Year-Old student. Our most popular program is Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK). VPK is a state sponsored program offering 540 hours of free Pre-K classes to students who meet eligibility requirements. Our free VPK program meets T/TH/F from 9am to 2pm throughout the school year. Find out more about the Florida VPK program here VPK students follow a curriculum which prepares them for the academic requirements of Kindergarten, while allowing time for learning and social-emotional development through play. VPK students participate in special area classes including chapel, music, PE, Science and Library weekly.

Families who need a full week of school can enroll in our VPK Wrap program. Wrap adds M/W to your child’s school week. These additional hours are offered at a self-pay rate. Children in VPK Wrap participate in all of the same activities and specials classes as our VPK students.

If your family chooses not to use a state VPK voucher or is not eligible for a voucher, your child can enroll with our Non-VPK 3 or 5 day option.

Four-Year-Old ratios range from 10-14:2

Five-Year-Old Program

If your child needs an extra year before entering kindergarten, we offer a Kindergarten Readiness Class. The curriculum will include VPK and Kindergarten level standards. The main goal in KRP is to work with families to determine the unique reasons why they chose to give an extra year to their child and to develop a plan for each student’s growth throughout the KRP year. The KRP class meets Mon to Fri 9:00am to 2:00pm with the option to add Stay-N-Play time until 3:30pm. Please note that this program is not an ESE program, nor is it a replacement for traditional Kindergarten. Students who have developmental, learning or behavioral disabilities may be served better by an ESE program. Ratio 12 :2