Can’t Stop the Feeling! Song and Dance Week

Our Grace Community School Song and Dance Week Performances!

This summer we continued our tradition of learning a special song and dance routine for Song and Dance Week, and the kids outdid themselves!

We chose a song most of the kids were familiar with, “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from the Trolls movie. We worked hard every day during the week practicing our dance moves and recorded our videos on Friday. Here are the results — thanks for watching!

Fort Myers Marlins Class

Fort Myers Whales Class

Fort Myers Starfish Class

Bonita Springs Sharks and Whales

Bonita Springs Manatees Class

Bonita Springs Penguins and Starfish

Cape Coral Miramar

Naples Park

Golden Gate Clownfish and Sharks

Golden Gate Marlins

Golden Gate Mantarays

Golden Gate Stingrays and Dolphins

Lehigh Acres Manatees and Dolphins

Lehigh Acres Whales

Lehigh Acres Starfish

North Fort Myers Penguins and Sharks

North Fort Myers Marlins

Port Charlotte

Skyline Whales Boys

Skyline Whales Girls

Skyline Sharks Boys

Skyline Sharks Girls

Skyline Stingrays Girls

Skyline Stingrays Boys and Dolphins

Skyline Marlins Group 1

Skyline Marlins Group 2

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Hear What the Community is Saying!

Grace Community School testimonials

You Are Our Community

We’ve been here more than 30 years in Southwest Florida. In that time we have helped thousands of students in our nine Grace Community School locations. Each one of these special kids has been part of our community, with parents, grandparents, and relatives. Sometimes we are blessed enough to hear how the Grace Community School experience has impacted our families. We love hearing from our parents and grandparents!

Here’s what a few of them had to say.

What Does the Community Say?

“When my daughter arrived she was loved and welcomed. I had started potty training and she was doing ok. As she started going to Grace, slowly the days grew where she would come home with the same clothes until now it’s been amount 3 months since I’ve brought pampers and my daughter isn’t even 3 years old! She also has come home with a bigger vocabulary, an urgency to read and is counting! They have opened her up and allowed her to feel like she has even more family and that is a good feeling for a mother like myself.” – Natalia L.

Continue reading Hear What the Community is Saying!

Best of Cape Coral 2017 (and Naples!)

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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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Showtime! 2017 Graduation Program

Photos from Showtime!

The 2017 school year is done, and with it our Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation programs!

Our theme this year was “Broadway” featuring medleys of classic showtunes and movie songs, and the children’s performances did not disappoint.

Rainbow dancer
Somewhere, over the rainbow!

Along with the DVD’s going on sale in our offices (just $5 each!) we’ve put all our photos from the programs online for your viewing pleasure. Just click the links below, and don’t forget to like and share!

Port Charlotte

Fort Myers

Bonita Springs

Cape Coral Miramar and North Fort Myers

Lehigh Acres

Skyline

Naples Park

Golden Gate

Child reader
Part of our performance was showing all that we have learned over the past year!

Need care for the summer? Grace Community School has Summer Camp, with plans starting at $60 per week. Click here to learn more.

Your Child Deserves This!

How to Give Your Child a Head Start

What if You Could Give Your Child a Head Start?

The good news is, you can!

We all want to be better parents. We realize that there is nothing more precious than our children. In them, we seem to see all our hopes and fears realized. However much we do for our children, we would like to do more.

If you ask any parent, they will likely have a list of things they want for their child. There are limits to what we can do, but surely there are some things every parent can agree on. We want our children to succeed. We want our children to have the best we can give them. We want to give our children the tools they need to be self-actualized. They need a firm foundation, a head start.

So How Do You Do That?

The big question is, how do you do that? There is no better way than a great early childhood education! While people try to rank daycares and preschools in many different ways, usually in a haphazard way, the essential measurement is this: do the kids learn?

Since 1986, Grace Community School has a proven track record of measurable success. Other Pre-K programs use vague and arbitrary “success indicators” to supposedly measure whether or not the school is successful. But we use learning as our standard, and the results are impressive! Grace Community School students routinely score multiple grade levels ahead of where they “should” be. Children are capable of so much more than we usually give them credit for, if we only give them the opportunity and the tools they need!

Grace Community School students are frequently put in gifted classes when they enter public schools, and for a good reason. Our students, working at multiple grade levels ahead of where they would be in the public school, are frequently bored when they enter “regular” school; the material they already know entering Kindergarten will not be taught until years later in the public school!

The Skill Your Child Must Have

Of all the things children need to learn, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of reading. Reading is the skill upon which all others are based. If you can read, you can learn almost anything! More, teaching kids to read well is the best way to instill a love of reading in children. You wouldn’t enjoy doing something you couldn’t do well, would you? Unfortunately, millions of American children find reading to be a struggle. It should be no surprise that many kids don’t want to read – it’s hard! Children who learn to read early are more likely to become active readers when they are older. It also boosts children’s self-esteem; kids are justifiably proud of themselves when they can do something so monumental as reading.

Our Preschoolers Can Read!
Our Preschoolers Can Read!

The first five years of a child’s life are by far the most important developmental years — don’t waste them! The education given to a child in these birth-to-five years is the most far-reaching he or she will receive. Play is important, but so is guided learning. Grace Community School is far more than just babysitting!

Reading is the skill upon which all others are based.

Children at Grace Community School learn at their own pace. Because of this, they never become bored, and the level of instruction is always at the child’s developmental level; there is always something new to learn! Grace Community School does not teach “reading readiness,” only actual reading, with phonics. The one-on-one attention given to students during Reading Circles is key to the success of this program.

Foundations for Life

Students can continue their Grace Community School education by enrolling in our Kindergarten program. Our test scores indicate that bright students graduate their Kindergarten with as high as a fifth-grade reading level!

For children to succeed, they need a firm foundation, not only of academics but morality. The non-denominational Bible program at Grace Community School provides this. In addition to daily Bible Time, morals, virtues, and manners are incorporated into the curriculum. Children learn the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This moral learning is just as important for children’s development as the academic material; moreover, moral learning is the framework for social-emotional development. Kids are better able to learn when children behave courteously and work together in a safe environment.

Better playgrounds mean better learning!
Better playgrounds mean better learning!

The Grace Community School educational program also extends to children’s physical well-being. Physical development and learning about health are part of each day. Optional dance and karate programs are offered as well. Did I mention the free food? Healthy, USDA-approved meals prepared in an on-site kitchen help kids stay healthy and happy; kids who eat better, learn better. This great nutrition is brought to your children at no cost to you! Free food and time not spent packing lunches means more family time at home.

Kids and achievement

Get Paid to Help Your Friends!

Essentially, what Grace Community School does is give kids a big head start in life! You as a parent can give your child a great advantage that no one can take away, something they will always have with them — a great education. You would think that for a parent to give this kind of an advantage to his or her child would cost a fortune. At Grace Community School, the answer is no! Not only does Grace Community School offer a better education than any other preschool program you will find, but they also do it at the lowest cost to you! Even more, the Grace Community School advantage is something you can share. Right now, refer your friends and family to Grace Community School, and you will receive a $100 referral bonus! Instead of daycare, why not school? With your child at Grace Community School, you will experience the peace of mind that our more than twenty-five years of experience brings. As Southwest Florida’s leading childcare center, they are ready to serve you and your children.

Download the Grace Community School Guide to Choosing Your Perfect Childcare Center. If you’re not sure what to look for in a childcare center, or just want resources to help you out, this is the guide for you!

Announcement: Showtime! 2017 Graduation Program

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We at Grace Community School are excited to bring you Showtime!, our 2017 graduation musical program featuring our students and including our Pre-K and Kindergarten graduation ceremonies!
We have some all-new songs in this show, and the kids are already practicing. The theme for this program is Broadway.

The spring program includes graduation ceremonies for our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids! The spring program includes graduation ceremonies for our Pre-K and Kindergarten kids!

We love doing these musical programs! Click here to see some of our past shows. You will get to see all our Pre-K and Kindergarten students performing their musical acts and showing you the things they have learned this school year. Some other classes will also participate, so be sure to ask your location or look for the signs up in the office.

The shows are free, and you can bring as many people as you want. Tell the grandparents! Just come early to make sure you get good seats. Please note that performers need to be there thirty minutes before show start times.

It’s going to be a lot of fun!

Going along with our program are the new 2017 Whale Shirts, available now at all locations. These are the dress code for the Showtime! program.

2017 Showtime! Whale Shirts
The 2017 Showtime! Whale Shirts are available now!

We will have more details about the shows as it gets closer. Stay tuned to our social media and sign up for our email list, so you never miss a thing.

2017 Showtime! Program Locations, Dates, and Times

May 20
Charlotte Performing Arts Center
3:00 pm

May 27
Estero High School
11:00 am Fort Myers
1:00 pm Bonita Springs
3:00 pm North Fort Myers / Cape Coral Miramar
5:00 pm Lehigh Acres
7:00 pm Skyline

Gulf Coast High School
11:00 am Naples Park
1:00 pm Golden Gate

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

What Does My Child Need to Sign Up for Pre-K?

Kids excited about sign up for Pre-K
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We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about Pre-K and how to sign up for it, so here are some frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q: How old does my child need to be to go into Pre-K?

A: Your child is eligible for this year’s Pre-K if he or she has turned or will be turning four years old by September 1.

Q: When should I sign up for Pre-K?

A: The earlier the better! We have to run wait lists for Pre-K at many of our locations, so you want to make sure we have a spot for your child. That means sign up now!

Q: What will my child learn in Pre-K?

A: Short answer: at Grace Community School, a whole lot! We wrote a whole post about this! You can check that out here, but understand that a Grace Community School education is an incredible opportunity for your child. In particular, Our Preschoolers Can Read!

Q: What do I need to sign up for Pre-K?

A: It’s easy! You will need your child’s health records (immunization record and physical form), a copy of the child’s birth certificate, and our Pre-K enrollment form. You can download that here. Bring these items into the Grace Community School location of your choice.

Q: Are meals included in Pre-K?

Yes, and they are free! Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks are provided free of charge.

Q: When does Pre-K start?

A: The 2017 school year starts August 14.

Q: What if my child is going to Kindergarten?

A: We have that, too! You can download the Kindergarten registration form here, and learn more about our Kindergarten program here.

Again, we are enrolling now for this year’s Pre-K program, and you should sign up as soon as possible. Download the Pre-K Sign Up Form here and bring it to your Grace Community School location.

Happy New Year!

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Let us help you with your New Year’s resolutions! Image: Canva

It’s a new year, and that means New Year’s resolutions! While we probably can’t help you with your weight loss goals, we may be able to help with some other stuff. Here’s how can Grace Community School help you be better this year.

Wait, Grace Community School Will Pay Me?

Getting the family finances under control is a critical resolution! We have worked hard to keep our prices as low as possible, including offering extra-low introductory rates for new students. We think being kinder is another great thing to aim for in the new year. Here’s how we can help: the Grace Community School referral program makes helping out friends and coworkers a piece of cake, and it helps you with your financial goals! Refer a family to any Grace Community School location, and once the child has attended for two weeks, you will receive $100 on your account! There is no limit to the number of referrals you can make. That’s right: we will pay you! That’s being kind to both yourself and others. The $100 referral is a great deal, and it’s even better because students at Grace Community School enjoy so much more than basic care!

There’s No Way All of That is Free!

When we list all the things you get at no charge as part of Grace Community School’s programs, people are often skeptical. All of that can’t really be free, can they?

But they are! We’ve even had people call us up and ask, “How do you do it?” The “freebies” offered at Grace Community School include free yearbooks, weekly photo program, twice-yearly school programs, free food, and non-denominational Bible Time.

Free yearbooks, and lots more!
Free yearbooks, and lots more!

To Your Health!

Maybe the number one New Year’s resolution people have is to live healthier. You’re on your own with that one, personally, but we can help your kids! All Grace Community School students receive FREE breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks. Our USDA-approved food program does so much! Kids who eat healthy meals are less at risk for getting sick and have more energy to play and learn. These benefits last long past childhood. In addition to tasty, healthy food, Grace Community School students enjoy physical exercise and our beautiful playground areas. We all know the importance of physical activity, and we make it fun for the kids!

Grace Community School playgrounds are designed to help our kids get plenty of physical exercise AND fun!
Grace Community School playgrounds are designed to help our kids get plenty of physical exercise AND fun!

New Year, New Fun For Your Kids

Have more fun in the new year! Learn something new! Your kids can do both of those things at the same time with Grace Community School’s special classes.

Karate students
Karate Class is one of the special classes we have at Grace Community School!

Grace Community School’s Karate Class helps kids build self-defense skills and discipline while getting exercise in a fun environment with an experienced instructor. Dance Class teaches the basics of ballet and jazz while improving coordination, motor, and social skills with an experienced instructor. Art Class gives your child a fun art experience and project to take home each week. Our students explore instruments and express themselves creatively in Music Class while they learn the basics of reading notes and rhythm.

We are enrolling now in these classes, so ask your location’s office for the sign-up forms!

Get Organized

Do you want to be more organized in the new year? Staying organized is tough for families. Do you have kids in elementary school? With the kids spread out all over the place, the day gets hectic. But wait! Grace Community School has before and after school programs — we pick up from many local public schools (you can find a full list on our location pages here). Instead of making multiple trips to pick up the kids in the afternoon, imagine getting all of your kids in one spot!

Grace Community School offers free before and after school transportation!
Grace Community School offers free before and after school transportation!

The Best Resolution A Parent Can Make

Money, health, fun, and organization are all wonderful thing, but let’s be honest: as parents, we make our kids the number one priority. Here is an excellent New Year’s resolution: “I want to do everything I can to help my kids succeed, now and in the future.” That is something worth doing. What is most important for a child’s future success? Some things stand out. These include having a loving family, support from parents, and something Grace Community School is famous for teaching: reading! We can help with that.

Reading is the foundation for every other academic pursuit. Without fluent literacy, all subjects are hard. Superior reading skills make even challenging academic topics approachable. The benefits extend beyond school, however. Kids who learn to read well and learn to read early do better in life in general and a love of reading provides a lifetime of enjoyment. Grace Community School’s phonetic reading program gives kids the tools they need to succeed.

The best new year's resolution
The best new year’s resolution!

Along with our advanced math program and the rest of our curriculum, our students participate in an unmatched whole-life education.

We thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you and your children. Remember: we’re more than a school, we’re a family! We hope and pray that you have a blessed and happy new year!

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