The academic success of children in later years depends heavily upon their kindergarten readiness. The JLU Pre-K Plus program not only readies children for kindergarten but also gives them the best possible start to life through our social-emotional framework.
Pre-K classrooms have a maximum of 16 children in the room, with a teacher to student ratio of 1:8.
JLU Child Care families are investing in their children’s early childhood experience. Research shows this is an investment that will yield great academic results. Our students benefit from extended classroom learning time, structured classrooms, loving teachers and planned assessments meeting NYS Pre-K standards.
Children have quiet time daily and may sleep or rest quietly on individual mats. Parents are responsible for providing the following items for Pre-K children in care: extra set of clothing, fitted crib sheet & blanket for rest time
Children can attend our full-day Pre-K Plus program but also have an option to attend a shortened day program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. only at a discounted rate.
Mrs. Darleen Croucher
Joined JLU: January 2011
Degree: Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and Sociology from Roberts Wesleyan College
Experience prior to JLU: over 25 years of experience teaching in child care centers, elementary schools and acted as director and assistant director at her previous center
Personal life: married, attends Christ Reformed Church.
Miss Kaitlyn Guyett
Joined JLU: September 2022
Degree: High School diploma; college credits in Human Services and Early Childhood Education
Experience prior to JLU: one year of professional childcare experience; volunteer experience leading children’s ministry and nursery at St. Paul Lutheran Church & School
Personal life: loves being outdoors, spending time with family & friends, singing, and is an animal lover
Mrs. Nancy Getbehead
Joined JLU: September 2010
Degree: Master's in Education, Bachelor's in Elementary Education
Experience prior to JLU: 11 years of classroom experience teaching in preschool, first and second grades
Personal life: mother of two, enjoys knitting, reading and sewing bibs for JLU infants, member of St. Paul Lutheran Church
Mrs. Dale Spencer
Joined JLU: January 2018
Degree: AS in Business Administration; AS in Liberal Arts with focus in Adolescent Education; enrolled in master's program in Theology & Social Work at Roberts Wesleyan
Experience prior to JLU: Two years of experience as Director of Children's Ministry at Ogden Baptist Church where she also teaches Sunday school, leads Children's Bible study, directs a Kid's Cooking Camp and heads the preschool VBS program
Personal life: married, enjoys spending time reading, analyzing television shows and movies, and spending time with loved ones and her kitty
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JLU Child Care family?
The mission of JLU Child Care is to provide quality, Christian education to infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-k and school age children. JLU is a full-day program, open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
early childhood education since 2010