DPCC’s Mission & Vision
Not only are we Decatur’s best-kept Mayberry-meets-Berkley secret for child care, but we boast three hallmarks which distinguish us from other kindergartens and preschools: our level of responsiveness, our investment, and our consistency.
Responsiveness: our ultra-low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that we listen to you and your child fully, to connect and communicate as we address needs and solve problems
Investment: nearly every teacher here has had children attend DPCC and become a teacher afterward; thus, we are a faculty of parent-teachers
Consistency: most teachers at DPCC have been involved with the school for at least a decade, many for five years or more
DPCC IS A 100% IMMUNIZED SCHOOL. EVERY STUDENT WHO ATTENDS MUST HAVE AN UNEXPIRED, UPDATED, AND VALID GEORGIA 3231 VACCINATION FORM ON FILE WITH US; AND EVERY PARENT IN OUR COMMUNITY MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION IN ORDER FOR THIER CHILD TO ATTEND.
WE ARE THE BEST OF WHAT’S OLD-FASHIONED ABOUT YESTERYEAR’S PLAYSCHOOLS:
EVERY TEACHER’S ROOM IS A UNIVERSE
PLAY IS THE BEST WORK
WE ARE THE BEST OF WHAT’S NEWLY REDISCOVERED ABOUT WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND HOW TO GUIDE THOSE INDICATORS. WE TAKE CUES FROM SOURCES LIKE:
OTHERWISE, OUR SCHOOL IS A GARDEN:
IN PMO, A PLOT STAKED
AT 2 YEARS OLD, THE SOIL IS TILLED
AT 3 YEARS OLD, THE SEEDS ARE SOWN
AT 4 YEARS OLD, THE PLANTS ARE WATERED
IN KINDERGARTEN, GROWTH’S GUIDED UP SCAFFOLDS
OUR SAFE SCHOOL
DPCC’s partial return to our historic brick and mortar building at the onset of the 2020-21 school year employs a careful and thoughtful consideration of all relevant data, guidelines, and procedures recommended by scientists and healthcare professionals. Measures include:
— Parents agree to and sign a contract to be careful, transparent, and communicative about their family’s state of health and potential exposure
— Daily no-contact screening of all students upon admission
— Parents keep students with respiratory symptoms at home
— Face masks required indoors and outdoors; eating occurs outside if possible, distanced inside as possible
— Responsive plan for the necessary closure of both individual classes and the entire school
— Testing required for return after mandatory closures
— Daily sanitizing of all touch surfaces before and after the school day
From The Director
We welcome children in the full bloom of their childhood as did Christ, with open arms. We believe play is not just a good idea, but the absolute best way children learn and grow. We strive to create a first home-away-from-home experience that makes kids happy to wake up and eager to come to school. We know that education becomes a way of life when learning is a routine that’s fun. Lastly, we are convicted that the education of the heart is every bit as critical in the formation of a full person as is that of the mind; that is, we nurture presence in love.
We offer exemplary nursery care for a one or two-day Parent Morning Out program. Our 2 to 4-year-old classes are intimate and warm, with a low teacher-student ratio. Our fantastic kindergarten grows from its history as one of the oldest private programs in the entire metro area.