Covenant Presbyterian Church - Charlotte, NC

Weekday Preschool

Children are a welcome and vital part of our community

Our children's ministry aims to give children a church home where they are called by name, discover discipleship, and grow in love of God and others.

EArly Childhood development

Weekday Preschool Overview

Guided by rigorous standards, Covenant Preschool's early childhood program assures you that your child is thriving in an attentive learning environment that encourages them to develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally.

We also encourage the development of a child's faith. Children participate in monthly chapel services, blessings at snack time and age-appropriate Bible stories. They are taught to appreciate God's creation and themselves as God's children. Many opportunities exist at Covenant to share God’s love through community outreach. We participate in mission projects that include lunches for Covenant’s Room in the Inn guests, donations to Loaves & Fishes and our Christmas Giving Tree. Four and five-year-olds participate in Cherub Choir and are invited to sing at several church events. We do this all with a family-oriented philosophy that encourages parents and caregivers to observe and participate in their child's development. Join us!

Schedule and Hours

Our program operates on a September to May calendar. We generally observe the same holiday schedule as public schools and utilize some of the Teacher Work Days.

Children are dropped off in their classrooms at 9 a.m. Pick-up is at 12:30 p.m.  
Preschoolers bring their lunch to school every day. 

The office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

2021-2022 Class offerings & enrollment

Class Offerings

Classes will be formed on the basis of registrations received and enrollment will be limited to the following class sizes:
Toddlers (Walking independently, no morning nap or bottle, and 1 year by 8/31/21)  
2-Day Toddlers: Tues/Thurs @ 2 Teachers, 9 Children
2-Day Toddlers: Wed/Fri @ 2 Teachers, 9 Children

Two-Year Olds (as of 8/31/21)
2-day Two’s: Tues/Thurs @ 2 Teachers, 10-11 Children
3-day Two’s: Mon/Wed/Fri @ 2 Teachers, 10-12 Children
3-day Two’s: Mon/Tues/Thurs @ 2 Teachers, 10-12 Children

Three-Year Olds (as of 8/31/21)
3-day Three’s: Mon/Wed/Fri @ 2 Teachers, 15-16 Children
4-day Three’s: Tues - Fri @ 2 Teachers, 15-16 Children
5-day Three’s: Mon - Fri @ 2 Teachers, 15-16 Children

Four and Five-Year Olds (as of 8/31/21)
5-day Four’s & Five’s: Mon-Fri @ 2 Teachers, 16-17 Children

Enrollment Information and Requirements

To register your child, return the registration and policy forms plus the registration fee online, by mail, or in person.  
The forms must be received by Monday, March 1, 2021 to receive priority.

Preference is given in the following order:
• Children currently enrolled
• Siblings of currently enrolled AND Covenant Presbyterian Church members not currently enrolled
• Children from families in the community at large

Open enrollment spots (and wait list positions) will be determined by lottery .
You DO NOT NEED TO BE PRESENT on March 15, 2021 for the lottery.

Tuition Schedule for 2021-2022
• 2 days per week $260 per month
• 3 days per week $305 per month
• 4 days per week $355 per month
• 5 days per week $415 per month

One month’s tuition is due May 1, 2021 to hold your child’s place. 
This payment is applied to May, 2022. Monthly tuition is due the first day of each month. Automatic draft payments are encouraged. Late notices (with a $10 late charge) will be mailed on the 15th of each month.
*Please note that class offerings are subject to change based on enrollment at registration.

creative Curriculum

Covenant Preschool offers a high- quality developmentally appropriate approach to preschool education. Covenant’s preschool teachers use The Creative Curriculum to guide their planning, observations and assessments. The Creative Curriculum is a content rich program that supports active learning, creativity and promotes children’s progress in all developmental areas.

The Creative Curriculum:
  • Is comprehensive and rigorously researched
  • Is based on 38 Goals and Objectives that are aligned with state and national standards and guidelines
  • Enables every child to develop creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills.
  • Promotes children’s progress in all areas of development and learning; Social-Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Language, Literacy, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and the Arts

Enrichment activities

Covenant Preschool offers a variety of enrichment activities, including music, art, S.T.E.A.M. and occasional field trips.

Toddlers through threes participate in weekly music and movement class while the fours and fives participate in Music with Holly and Cherub Choir on alternating weeks. Toddlers and twos are visited by My Gym while threes, fours and fives visit our beautiful, light filled Art Studio weekly to experiment with light, color and texture as well as woodworking fun. The threes, fours and fives also participate in monthly S.T.E.A.M. classes.

Field Trips

Covenant Preschool is located in the heart of Dilworth, close to many cultural and educational opportunities.  The fours and fives visit many of Charlotte’s cultural and educational destinations that are nearby. They catch the city bus, travel by carpool or take the train to such places as Winghaven, the Nature Museum and Imaginon.


Covenant has three state-of-the-art outdoor playgrounds. Our youngest classes have direct access to their own playground from their classrooms. During inclement weather, indoor playground equipment is set up on the gym floor in the church Recreation Wing.

Music and Movement

Each week, all students have music and movement class to sing, dance and play musical instruments while developing their self-esteem, expressing their feelings and learning to follow directions. Our program is tailored to meet the needs of the children rather than expecting children to adjust to the demands of a specific program.

Art Studio

The Art Studio at Covenant Presbyterian Preschool offers multi-dimensional art opportunities for our children that go a step further than the artwork that is done in the classroom.  The light-filled space allows children to experiment with paint mixing, light and reflection, patterns and woodworking.


The S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) enrichment class is designed to advance critical thinking and creativity in our Three and Four-year-old classes. Meeting monthly, the classes provide opportunities for hands-on experimentation, natural inquiry and collaboration.
My Gym Mobile provides stretching, exercise, manipulative skills and cooperative games for our Twos for the whole year and for our Toddlers during the second half of the year.
Friends, We are filled with joy for the enthusiasm so many of you have shown for Covenant Preschool and its reopening this Fall. I am also excited to introduce you to our new Preschool Director, Janice Price.

Janice comes to Covenant Preschool after serving as the Director of the Child Development Center at First United Methodist Church for the past 24 years. Before her role in the CDC at First United Methodist Church, Janice served as the Director of Children’s Ministry at a church in Midland, North Carolina. Along with Janice’s wealth of experience in early childhood education, she brings with her a passion for continuing to grow in her knowledge. Janice is pursuing a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

While Janice brings tremendous experience and a continued passion for early childhood education, she also brings care and compassion for the whole preschool. Janice’s care for both the children and families at the preschool will be a great asset to our preschool. Her kindness and belief in the work of early childhood education are palpable and will be a gift as we re-open the preschool this fall. Finally, Janice has a proven ability to safely re-open a school amid COVID which will help the preschool to confidently move towards reopening this fall.

Lecia Shockley (chair), Luke Askins, Amy Capitano, Jackie Pharr, Lauren Scarboro, and Grace Lindvall (staff liaison). We are tremendously grateful to this team for their thoughtful, prayerful, and intentional work to identify a fantastic new Preschool Director to lead Covenant Preschool into the 2021-2022 school year.

Please join me in thanking them for all they have done. Janice’s first day at Covenant Preschool will be March 8, 2021. We look forward to welcoming her to Covenant.

Registration for the preschool is ongoing. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me via email.

With gratitude,
Grace Lindvall
Associate Minister, Education 

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