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Our Golden Gate and Naples Park locations won the Education category in the Best of Naples Awards!
Our Golden Gate and Naples Park locations won the Education category in the Best of Naples Awards!

We Couldn’t Have Done it Without You!

Thank you, Southwest Florida — we’ve been voted Best of Cape Coral (again!) and the Best of Naples.

Since 1986

Grace Community School has been Southwest Florida’s leader in early childhood education since our first location opened in 1986.

Is Grace Community School right for your child?

Most advice about choosing the best daycare center focuses on credentials, accreditation, and fancy toys. These things are not enough! In the real world, results are king. Education is crucial, particularly in the subjects of reading and mathematics. Grace Community School students learn to read as preschoolers, something unheard of in other centers. Grace Community School preschool students are literate, and our kindergarten students graduate reading multiple grade levels ahead of their public school counterparts.

Child reader
Our students read!

Our phonics program, along with our math instruction, makes a tremendous difference in the lives of children. Reading and math instruction at a young age is vital to success even much later in life.

There are lots of “freebies” at Grace Community School, but the educational benefits alone make

Some things, like a great education, are too good to keep to yourself! Referring a family to Grace Community School is a tremendous way to do yourself and someone else a favor. Let your associates know that along with our low introductory rates and no registration fee, there is no better time to get on board with Grace Community School. And you can earn $100 for referring a student to our school!

It has been our privilege here at Grace Community School to serve the Southwest Florida community for more than thirty years. Again, THANK YOU for the opportunity to serve the Southwest Florida community.

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Grace Community School Summer Camp 2017

Grace Community School summer camp has fun, safe, summer activities for ages 1 to 11!
Grace Community School summer camp has fun, safe, summer activities for ages 1 to 11!

Summer Camp for Ages 1 through 11

As Low As $60/Week

You need a place for your kids to go this summer and Grace Community School is ready to help. Summers should be special times for kids. Thanks to Grace Community School, summers are now affordable, enjoyable, and safe! While we are open year round, we have special summer camp programs for school-age children, and now for younger students, too!

Our summer campers enjoy fun theme weeks like Hawaii Week with parties and dress-up days!
Our summer campers enjoy fun theme weeks like Hawaii Week with parties and dress-up days!

Who is Summer Camp For?

Grace Community School now has summer camp programs (subject to availability) for kids ages 1 years through 11 years. We are enrolling now, but space is limited. Once enrollment is full, we will take a wait list.

What Does Grace Community School Summer Camp Offer?

Hours of operation for full-time Summer Camp are 6:30 am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.

The 2017 Grace Community School Summer Camp runs May 30-August 11, with enrollment starting now.

NEW FOR 2017: PART-TIME SUMMER CAMP FOR AGES 1 TO 4, STARTING AT $60/ WEEK — Gracie’s Summer Splashtastic Camp!

New part-time Grace Community School Summer Camp!
New part-time Grace Community School Summer Camp!

Ages 1 to 4 years of age can enjoy the Grace Community School Summer Camp experience in a special part-time program. Choose either 8:30-11:30, or 2:00-5:00 each day, with plans starting at $60/week.

Summers are more fun at Grace Community School! We’ve been in operation since 1986. That’s more than 30 years experience in Southwest Florida! Complementing our year-round learning activities, some of the special activities include:

Keep scrolling to see the 2017 Grace Community School Summer Camp Theme Week Schedule

Fun dress-up days!
Fun dress-up days!

One of the best parts about the summer is the fun theme weeks we do. Every week has its own fun theme like Pirate Week, Hawaii Week, Carnival Week, and Super Hero Week. Along with the theme weeks we have parties, games, bounce houses, dress-up days, and other special events. A mix of student- and teacher-directed activities and art projects keep kids interested and occupied.

Summer Camp 2017 Theme Week Schedule

Check out all of Grace Community School’s New Playgrounds!

Sign Up for Grace Community School Summer Camp

We anticipate a lot of demand for Summer Camp this year, especially the new part-time program, so sign up before we start a wait list! Enrollment forms are available now at all Grace Community School locations.

Beat the heat this summer and bring your summer camper to Grace Community School.

Summer Camp 2017 Theme Week Schedule

Summer Camp 2017 – Ages 5-11 Registration Form

Summer Camp 2017 – Ages 1-4 Registration Form

Tell Your Friends and Get a $100 Referral Bonus

What is Grace Community School?

What is Grace Community School?

What is Grace Community School?

We’re glad you asked! While you can “settle” on many things, you don’t want to settle on childcare. Since 1986, Grace Community School has been offering the best childhood education that money can buy. We are the Southwest Florida community’s recognized leader in early childhood education.

Infants and up at Grace Community School!
Infants and up at Grace Community School!

We accept children from infants through age 11 (for after school and summer camp), with full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten programs.

Instead of Daycare, Why Not School?

We’re different! Instead of babysitting, our school days are filled with active, engaging, intensive learning; organized games, music instruction, and more.

Child with Math Achiever certificate
Grace Community School’s advanced learning program gives your child the tools to succeed.

We are proof that a program can be academically advanced, developmentally appropriate, and fun at the same time.

Bright children graduate from Pre-K at Grace Community School reading at the fifth-grade level. Even average children are reading at the first-grade level, as proven by nationally-recognized standardized tests. This is because our phonics education program is second to none.

Child with reading books
Our Preschoolers Can Read, and they are very proud!

At Grace Community School, children learn to read as young as three years of age. Students not only learn the letters but more importantly the sound that goes with each letter, along with a clue word to help them remember. By breaking the alphabet down into smaller sections and providing individualized instruction, children learn quickly and progress through the Reading Circles at their own pace. Because the kids learn at their own pace, they are never pushed too fast or held back; the instruction is always right at the child’s individual level. The result: kids who read! The certificates and books the kids take home keep parents informed of their children’s progress, and the kids love them!

Grace Community School also has advanced math instruction along with a variety of certificates and levels to celebrate our student’s mathematical achievements. Karate, dance, and music classes are available, too! Most importantly, Grace Community School provides daily non-denominational Bible instruction and curriculum-integrated character development study – an uncompromisingly Christian education.

Child on monkey bars
The best education and the best playgrounds!

There’s More!

We have Kindergarten, too! You can choose Grace Community’s top-notch learning program, which builds upon what your child has learned during Pre-K, continues the fantastic Bible instruction, and helps your child to achieve ever-higher levels of academic and developmental success. Just think about how advanced your kindergartener will be after graduating from Grace Community’s Pre-K and Kindergarten programs. You can continue giving your child the education and care he or she deserves, including Grace Community School’s reading program. An uncompromising education shouldn’t be unaffordable. We understand how tough things are in this economy, and we want to help. Grace Community School has a variety of ways to help parents via our financial aid program, multi-child discounts, and referral program.

Grace Community School is open year round, and we have Summer Camp!
Grace Community School is open year round, and we have Summer Camp!

And we have Summer Camp!

All this, and a whole lot more: free registration, free breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks, free after school transport from some local public schools, free weekly photo program, free yearbook, and free twice-annual musical programs.

Stop By Today!

We invite you to call any of our nine beautiful facilities. We’d love to give you a tour so you can see firsthand how Grace Community School can offer the ultimate in early childhood education for less money than competing daycares. We look forward to serving you and your family!

We are family at Grace Community School!
We are family at Grace Community School!

See More About Grace Community School’s programs at http://www.gracecommunityschools.com

Sign Up Now for the 2017 School Year!

Grace Community School Pre-K and Kindergarten
It’s never too early!

2017 is coming soon! It’s never too early to get ready for the next school year.

Grace Community School has Pre-K and kindergarten available.

Sign-up forms are available now!

Download them here:

Pre-K Registration Form

Kindergarten Registration Form

We are limited in the number of students we can accept, especially at these great prices, so you need to register as soon as possible. Your child is eligible for next year’s pre-K if he or she has turned or will be turning four years old by September 1, 2017.

Some locations also have spots available for the current Pre-K school year. Again time is of the essence.

The benefits of a Grace Community School education are abundant.

Is your child already attending Grace Community School? Why not refer a student to Grace Community School and earn $100?

If you are looking to get have your child learn some new skills and have fun this year, try out Grace Community School’s Dance, Music, and Karate Classes, or our Art Classes!

We are excited about the new year, and we hope you are, too!

Benefits of Grace Community School Pre-K and Kindergarten
Choose the best!

Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program

The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program combines martial arts, physical exercise, and fun!
The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program combines martial arts, physical exercise, and fun!

The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program has been teaching kids martial arts and self-discipline for nearly twenty years. It is our most established special class, and still one of our most popular! Each week our karate instructor, Mr. Pete, comes to every GCS location and does half hour classes for all participating students. Our karate class runs year-round, and while space is limited, we are accepting new students.

Students who participate in martial arts programs like Grace Community School’s have improved reflexes and focus, among other benefits.
Students who participate in martial arts programs like Grace Community School’s have improved reflexes and focus, among other benefits.

One objection we often hear from parents is, “I have enough problems with my child roughhousing and fighting at home without adding karate to the mix!” What we have seen is the exact opposite. What if you could do something to help your child with aggression and improve many other areas of their life, for just $10 per week? You can! The Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program builds discipline and self-control. Students who participate in martial arts programs like Grace Community School’s have improved reflexes and focus, among other benefits. Kids need to move, and martial arts are a great outlet to help young bodies get exercise and get rid of pent up energy in a constructive way.

Kids need to move, and martial arts are a great outlet to help young bodies get exercise and get rid of pent up energy in a constructive way.
Kids need to move, and martial arts are a great outlet to help young bodies get exercise and get rid of pent up energy in a constructive way.

Self-discipline has far more than just physical benefits. Students have a sense of accomplishment when they find themselves mastering their bodies more and more. This builds confidence. Possessing more self-discipline and confidence improves other areas of life like school work and interpersonal relationships. The American Kenpo variety of karate the GCS karate program uses is characterized by an emphasis on self-defense and self-discipline, not attacking. It teaches kids to avoid trouble whenever possible, but to be ready to handle it should it arise. This goes along with Grace Community School’s moral training, including the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Much like Grace Community School’s Reading Circles and Math Circles, the Grace Community School American Kenpo Karate Program is in levels. Kids initially earn stars (up to 8 stars), then work their way up through a series of belts. Karate stars are celebrated with certificates. Students earn stripes as they master a particular belt, then celebrate with a ceremony before taking home their belt.

Grace Community School has a whole-life curriculum, combining academics, non-denominational Bible lessons, and fun extracurricular activities: Karate Class, Music Class, Art Class, and Dance Class. Find a FAQ section and more information on our website. Sign up for one class, or all four! We look forward to helping your child have fun and exercise while building self-discipline, confidence, and physical skills.

Before and After School Care at Grace Community School

Before and After School Care Van at Grace Community School
We pick up from many local public schools!

Many people don’t know that while Grace Community has a great daycare program, we also feature wonderful before and after school care programs as well, for a great price! We welcome kids up through 11 years of age at all of our nine convenient locations in Southwest Florida from Port Charlotte to Naples. In the commuting age, it’s very common to work in one city and live in another. And neither of these places may be close to where your child attends school. With the job market being what it is, you probably don’t have a choice. It’s important to have a safe place for kids to be able to go to after the school day is over. School hours don’t mesh well with the shifts many people are asked to work, and for many people, there are no friends or relatives who can pick up the kids. Let Grace Community help!

Grace Community School provides free transportation to and from many local public schools. You may have seen our fleet of vans driving around town. It’s our job to make sure your child has a fun, safe experience.

Before and After School Care Benefits

We keep the kids busy! Grace Community School before and after school care includes:

  • help with homework
  • self and teacher-directed activities
  • non-denominational Bible time
  • free afternoon snacks and drinks
After homework is done, Grace Community School after school care students have a choice of fun activities.
After homework is done, Grace Community School after school care students have a choice of fun activities.

After homework is done, the kids have a range of options open to them: computer time, art, games, outdoor play, and more! You can be secure knowing your child is in a safe, healthy, caring place. Work is hard. Finding a great place for your child to be while you work shouldn’t be!

Many of our parents tell us how convenient it is to pick up all their children including the older kids at one place! Students who move from our Pre-K and Kindergarten can continue the Grace Community School Bible Program.

Public Schools Served

Click on the links below to see the public schools each Grace Community School location provides service for:

Another thing to consider: Grace Community School has Kindergarten! When you factor in the cost of before and after school care and other costs included in Grace Community School Kindergarten, you can have our Kindergarten for $10 per week!

Before and after school care at Grace Community School is convenient, low-cost, and available throughout the school year. Interested? Give us a call today and we can help you set it up!

Unlocking Success at Grace Community School

Unlocking Success
Image: Canva

What do you want most for your child? As parents, we want lots of things for our children. We want them to feel secure and loved. We want them to be healthy, and happy. We want them to have friends and social skills. We want them to be educated. In short, we want our kids to succeed. Success is an all-encompassing goal, and dependent on so many things. Some of these things are outside of our control as parents, but there are many things parents can do to aid success, and Grace Community School is here to help.

Continue reading Unlocking Success at Grace Community School

Our First Week of Art Class!

This was the first week Grace Community School Art Classes! We very pleased with how the classes went, and want to make sure everyone knows that we still have space available.

Kids with tissue paper butterflies
We made tissue paper butterflies!

Each week will be a different art project.

Tissue paper butterflies on display
Tissue paper butterflies on display at the Fort Myers Grace Community School location.

Interested? Let your Grace Community School office know!

Boys with tissue paper butterflies
Great job!

Art Class Graphic

Summer Camp 2016 at Grace Community School!

Summer is coming! Are you ready? Do you need a place to put your kids? We are here for you. Grace Community School is open year-round, and our Summer Camp starts as soon as the school year ends. Summer Camp is just $79 a week for ages 6-11, age 5 or finished with Pre-K is just $99 a week. Grace Community School is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. All hours are included! Meals are included as well: FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks and drinks.

Girls with sunglasses
Themes like Spirit Week make Grace Community School Summer Camp extra fun!

Don’t forget about our special summer themes! Every week has a fun theme like Pirate Week, Hawaii Week, Carnival Week, and Super Hero Week. Along with the theme weeks, we have parties, games, bounce houses, dress-up days, and other special events. A mix of student- and teacher-directed activities and art projects keep kids interested and occupied.

Summer Camp is just $79 a week for ages 6-11.

Girls at a keyboard.
Extra-curricular activities like Music and Piano Classes are available for summer campers at Grace Community School.

Extra activities are also available at participating locations: Music Class, Dance Class, Karate Class, and now Art Class! Your summer camper can sign up for one class, or even all four.

Boy on water slide
Water slides? Oh yeah!

We are also accepting younger students for the summer. Infants through Pre-K kids are welcome, with introductory specials available. Between the free meals, extraordinary phonics and math programs, and summer fun, now is the perfect time to get the best value in preschool available. Tell your friends! Our referral program gives you $100 for each family you refer to any Grace Community School location. Ask for details.

Kids in super hero costumes
Super Hero Dress-Up Day is a kid favorite!

Is your child already attending Grace Community School? Your child will participate in all the fun summer activities and special events. Our students build some of their fondest memories during our summers.

Boy in bounce house
Bounce houses? Check!

Also: it is time to sign up for Pre-K and Kindergarten. If your child is four or will turn four by September 1, 2016, you need to sign up for Pre-K. If your child is five or will turn five by September 1, 2016, you need to sign up for Kindergarten. Download a Pre-K form here or a Kindergarten form here. Get those forms to Grace Community School as soon as possible. Don’t delay; we have limited space for these programs! Make sure your child is set to enjoy all the learning and other benefits that a Grace Community education offers, including Summer Camp.

If your child is four or will turn four by September 1, 2016, you need to sign up for Pre-K. If your child is five or will turn five by September 1, 2016, you need to sign up for Kindergarten.

Fort Myers Water Slide 7-22-15We have a water slide at the Fort Myers Grace Community School today!

Posted by Grace Community School on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Girls at a luaua
Make friends and have fun!

Beat the heat this summer and bring your summer camper to Grace Community School. The fun is waiting! Would you like more information about summer camp or another one of our programs? Click here to email for more information.

Kindergarten at Grace Community School for $10 Per Week!

Dear Parents and Grandparents,

Each year, we at Grace Community School have the bittersweet task of bidding farewell to our extremely successful Pre-K graduates as they go off to kindergarten, often to the various public schools (including charter schools) in our area. We are sad to see them go, but happy that they have done so well in our program.

But this year, we would like you to reconsider. It is because your children have thrived in our school that we would like to make this special offer available to you:

Kindergarten Tuition at Grace Community School for $10 Per Week!

Why go anywhere else? Here’s how that works: before and after school care at a public school costs $55 per week. Lunch is $10 per week. Breakfast, snacks, and drinks are another $10 value. In addition to before and after care from 6:30 to 6:00 pm, Grace Community School offers extras like our weekly photo program and free annual yearbook. That leaves less than $10 out of Grace Community School’s $85 weekly charge going towards tuition!

Kindergarten for Less Than $10 Per Week FlyerThere are ways to pay even less for your Grace Community School tuition, like our referral program! Refer a student to any one of our nine locations, and you get $100. It’s that easy. You can even do this for multiple families – there is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. Refer two families, that’s $200. Three families, that’s $300! Don’t your friends, family, and coworkers deserve to know about Grace Community School? The Grace Community School financial aid program is yet another way to get a discount on your child’s tuition each week. More information about these programs can be found in your school’s office and here.

This Grace Community School student is graduating kindergarten tomorrow. She is very proud of her reading skills. We are, too! Do you see why College Can Begin at Two is much more than just a slogan?

Posted by Grace Community School on Friday, May 29, 2015

It is no secret that children who attend the public school don’t learn to read until late elementary school (if then), while our average Pre-K graduate is reading at least at a first-grade level. Tragically, a student who enters the public school coming from Grace Community School risks throwing away their substantial educational advantage. Even more important, the public school will not continue the moral and character development begun at Grace Community School, especially, that achieved through our Bible instruction program. Indeed, much of what is public schools teach will contradict what your child has learned at Grace Community School, as well as at home and church. The entire public school environment is debilitating to children accustomed to a Christian learning environment.

Even spending just one more year at Grace Community School will be an immeasurable blessing to your child and your family. With a price this low for kindergarten, there is no academic, spiritual or even financial benefit to sending your child off to public school. Won’t you stay a little while longer with us?

Sincerely yours,

Your Family at Grace Community School

P.S. Download a kindergarten registration form here!