Childhood Center (WECC)
Westwood Early Childhood Center offers a year around early care and education experience where your child begins the adventure of social and spiritual development. Our comprehensive, church-sponsored program serves infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers, in addition to providing nursery school, kindergarten, half and full days, and kindergarten latch key care, all in an atmosphere of respect – evidencing the love of Christ.
This emotional climate is created by trained early childhood staff, working in partnership with parents and trained volunteers, to help each child develop a positive self image and maintain health and security.
We open our doors at 7:00am and close at 5:45pm, Monday through Friday.
A Ministry of the Congregation
A faith-based center, WECC is an integral ministry of Westwood. Quality care and education are assured because we are:
• Accredited by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association
• Licensed by Hennepin County
• Staffed by dedicated, professional teachers and support personnel
• Committed to High Scope, a research-based pedagogy (Read about our High Scope Curriculum)
• Inspired by the Reggio influence (Read Introduction to Reggio Emilia Approach Curriculum)
• Collaborative with parents and colleagues, which practice leads to planning for the individuality and gifts of each unique child as we become co-learners with the children and their parents.
• Focused on observation and documentation as we respectfully support the whole child’s learning and development.
• Actively learning through daily nature experiences in our out-doors
• Consistently, intentionally engaged in age appropriate art and music opportunities led by professionally trained staff and volunteers.
Children fulfill Westwood’s Mission through participation in mealtime prayer, weekly chapel, choir school, vacation bible school and mini-camps.
Financial scholarships are available from the church for families in need.
Primary Care Givers
Emotional stability enables learning and growth. Each child has a primary care giver responsible for his or her well-being and development. Detailed daily reports document development while regular parent conferences focus on expectations and progress.
Primary care givers hold college degrees, most in early childhood education. They are skilled and passionate about child development and observation. Competitive pay and comprehensive benefits help retain these valuable and caring professionals.
Our learning environment provides ample space for each child in our eight sunny classrooms, gymnasium, library and worship sanctuary. Outside, the fenced playground, flower gardens, berm and deck overlook Hannon Lake’s wooded shore.