Our Babies and Ones classes are determined by and promotion based upon developmental milestones such as crawling, walking, etc. The teachers make promotion recommendations as each child develops. Our Twos through Kindergarten classes are promoted in August and are placed by birthdates using the Bossier Parish School System recommendations.
Preschoolers learn Bible truths through the eight concept areas of God, Jesus, Bible, natural world, self, others, family and church. Much of what a preschooler does is called “play” by adults, but play is the child’s work, and to us it is serious business. Our purpose is to help each preschooler to:
Associate God, Jesus and the Bible with happy feelings;
Grow in independence by beginning to meet and solve his own problems;
Make progress in sharing and taking turns;
Know that the Bible is a special book that tells about God and Jesus;
Think of home as a place of love and security;
Think of church as my church – the happy place.
Each Sunday morning our teachers get many hugs from loving preschoolers. These teachers know that:
Preschoolers are learners;
Preschoolers need spiritual guidance;
Each preschooler is of worth to God; and
The Bible holds important truths for preschoolers
During the 10:45 Sunday School, we provide a corporate Preschool Worship Experience for the Fours and Kindergarten classes at 11:00 a.m. and for the Two and Three Year Old classes at 10:35 a.m.
We use Southern Baptist curriculum. It is bible based and planned for the growth and development of preschoolers. Activity teaching is based upon the concept areas mentioned above.
• Mom’s Day Out and Preschool
Mom’s Day Out is a supportive ministry to families in our community which offers quality care for preschoolers from eight weeks old through four years old. This provides mothers with some personal time while providing quality care for their preschooler. We provide opportunities for preschoolers to enjoy happy learning experiences at church. They also learn to increase their social skills with other preschoolers their own age.
All classes use the WEE Learn (Weekday Early Education) curriculum. Threes and Fours also use “Handwriting Without Tears” and "Imagine It" curriculum for beginning writing skills.
MDO offers an option of 2, 3 or 4 days of care Monday through Thursday. Children will be placed in a class or on a waiting list depending on family needs and openings in the class. The Pre K-3 and Pre K-4 classes are taught by certified teachers who prepare the children with the skills needed to enter Kindergarten the next year. The hours are 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. There is a fee per day plus a registration fee. Our program is very well received in the community and has a great reputation. Director Hollis Anne Shane and Assistant Director Carla Austin are happy to share the opportunities available through our MDO program and give more detailed information by calling their direct line at 965-5900 or visit their website www.cypressmdo.org.
• Mission Friends
Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.
Preschoolers ages 2 through Kindergarten are taught mission attitudes and concepts concerning our home and foreign mission work. They learn about missionaries and the countries they live in and the work they do.
We offer a special ministry to encourage our moms, which meets once a month. Moms enjoy a light supper, a special program with topical speakers, and a time of sharing ideas and making gifts or crafts. We enjoy time together building relationships and sharing resources and ideas with other moms. These moms have similar needs and a shared desire to be the best Moms they can be. Meetings are held in Penny Lane Chapel and are usually held on the first Monday of each month. Childcare available for babies through grade 2.
• Parent/Child Dedication
“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3.
Three times a year we offer our young families a time of commitment and dedication of their new babies to the Lord. It is an awesome responsibility to be parenting in today’s world. We believe parenting is one of the most important assignments we have in life. But parents cannot do it alone; they need the support of their church family along with God’s help and wisdom to do the best job possible.
We have a special part of the Worship Service during which we show a video of the babies, issue a special charge to parents and a charge to the congregation overall as we introduce the babies and their parents to the church family. It is always a highlight in the life of our church and a very special and memorable day for the families.
• Vacation Bible School
Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a great week of learning fun for kids that are pre-k through those that have completed fifth grade. Participants enjoy Bible stories, games, crafts, music, missions, snacks and recreation each day. A special theme is chosen each year that is brought to life through colorful decorations and inviting rooms. It is an exciting time to be with friends and to learn about God, Jesus, and the Bible.
VBS week is usually in June, Monday through Friday mornings. A Family Night is held on Thursday during VBS week to allow family and friends to experience our Worship Rally and to hear the children sing the songs they have learned during the week. Afterward, families may tour the VBS rooms together.
If your child has any of the following symptoms, we ask that you do not bring your child to church. We want to protect your child, other preschoolers and the teachers from unnecessary exposure to illness.
Fever – currently or within the previous 24 hours
Vomiting or diarrhea – even associated with teething or medical condition
Common cold – from onset through one week
Runny nose with yellow/greenish discharge
Any unexplained rash
Any symptom of childhood disease (such as scarlet fever, measles, mumps, chicken pox, whooping cough, strep throat, flu, or any infectious or contagious disease)
Skin infection – (such as impetigo, boils, ringworm)
Eye infection – pink eye or drainage (All eye diseases are contagious. The child must be on medication for 24 hours before entering the classroom.)
Any communicable disease
If your preschooler develops any of these symptoms/conditions while in our care, we will notify you immediately. When in doubt, please apply the “Golden Rule.” Your cooperation is essential to the well-being of your child and the other children at Cypress Baptist Church.
What We Ask of Parents
In the Babies and Ones rooms, we ask that only one parent drop off and pick up your child. Teachers will greet you at the door to take your baby and bring your baby to you and gather belongings at pick up time. This keeps other babies from getting upset by strangers coming into room.
Please label all items brought by your preschooler – especially diaper bags.
Please do not send toys with your preschooler. Preschoolers are not good at sharing and often get upset if other children try to play with or break their toys.
We pray you will help us when necessary by volunteering in Sunday School as a teacher weekly or as a volunteer once per quarter.
Safety and Security
Our preschoolers are loved and valued. For their protection and for parents’ peace of mind, we have a security system in place. We also do background checks on all our preschool and children's teachers. All teachers must pass the state and national investigation. We use ACS Checkpoint for parents to check in their children each Sunday.