About Jenny Hart
We are a full-day Christian Preschool committed to quality childcare in the community of Irvine. We are a ministry of Shepherd’s Grove Presbyterian Church, founded in 1985 in the memory of Jennifer Lynn Hart. (1978–1984) We are a play-based program, focusing on developing the whole child. We place a strong emphasis on social-emotional development through building relationships and brain development through sensory play and carefully designed learning centers. We offer a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities in a full day of age-appropriate learning experiences.
Our program serves 97 children per day, ages 2 through Kindergarten. We are a year-round, full-day program. We do not offer half-day schedules. You may drop off and pick up your child between the hours of 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, keeping in mind that our tuition rates are based on enrollment, not on attendance. We provide breakfast in the early morning as well as healthy morning and afternoon snacks. We provide milk with lunch. We do not offer a hot lunch program. Children will need to bring lunches from home.
We believe that by providing a balance of interactions with meaningful learning materials along with positive interactions between the children and teachers, we can encourage the intellectual development of children.
We promote these interactions by providing an emotionally enriched environment where children feel comfortable to grow and mature. We encourage the growth of self-esteem, social skills, and creativity by fostering trust and autonomy in their personal and academic achievements. As we provide a safe and nurturing environment, we also encourage spiritual growth through modeling, and exposure to developmentally appropriate scriptures, stories, prayers, and songs.
Our dedicated family of teachers are fully qualified professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education. Many of our staff hold AA or BA degrees as well as Teacher Permit Credentials for the State of California. All of our staff is CPR/First Aid certified, renewing as a whole staff every two years. Our minimal teacher turnover allows for program stability and the growth of meaningful relationships, not only with the children but also with their families. As a close-knit family, we pride ourselves in knowing all of the children as well as having the children know all of our staff