BCECC Preschool has been accredited since 1991 and was proud to earn
re-accreditation from the
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 2012. This rigorous accreditation process is your assurance
that BCECC is in compliance with nationally recognized criteria for high-quality early education programs.
values & community spirit
While rooted in the spirit of Christianity, The Bethlehem Community Early Childhood
Center is non-denominational and welcomes all people, regardless of faith. Our spiritual teachings focus on giving to others.
Outreach projects include food drives, disaster relief, and seasonal gifts to those in need. Bethlehem’s friendly and
dynamic Pastor Laura—a lover of animals, gardens and fun—shares stories with the children and invites them to
the sanctuary once a month.
A focus on learning and fun
BCECC offers a balanced program with
opportunities for your child to grow at his or her own pace in all areas of development. Your child’s first steps in
an away-from-home environment will be welcoming, with caring adults trained to recognize and meet his or her needs in a safe
and nurturing place.
We believe children grow best in a low-key, non-competitive environment. BCECC teachers offer
a range of daily activities that encourage optimal development of a child’s imagination, initiative and autonomy. Development
of these qualities from the ages of three to six builds a strong foundation for the academic environment of later school years.
Dot’s Garden: a special place for learning and
Dot Anderson was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and avid gardener until her death in
late 2009. It was her family’s wish to carry on Dot’s love of nature and gardening by starting a memorial garden
for our preschool, church and community.
Your child will have a chance to be an active part of the garden community.
Each teacher uses a specific part of the garden plot to teach about the life-cycle of plants, plant care, the role of garden
insects, and countless other activities where nature is our teacher. Dot’s Garden is an incredible gift that will benefit
the Bethlehem community for many years to come.
has thrived at Bethlehem! The play based learning model is remarkably effective, the teachers are exceptional educators who
are committed to the wellbeing of our children & the director has created a positive learning community. My daughter is
already well prepared for kindergarten and it’s still 7 months away! The best part is, besides believing learning
is fun, she and her friends have an assuredness that comes from consistent reinforcement of each child’s gifts by every
adult at Bethlehem.” Parent-Kelli